Most of the facts about the reconstituted Jewish state are self-evident but the relentless and enormous petro-dollar funded Arab propaganda campaign against embattled Israel have all but obscured the message.
Though the Arab and Muslim world repeatedly has sent its armies against Israel and failed in their genocidal aggression, and though unspeakable and barbaric terrorism against Israel's civilian population has been the road map followed by the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians, all such campaigns of violence and hostility have failed.
But now, to paraphrase 19th century British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli's, aphorism, lies, damned lies, and anti-Israel calumnies in descending order are being employed by a loathsome alliance of Muslim and Leftist anti-Semites. It is even more necessary now to follow Golda Meir's advice and counter the myths of Muslim-Arab propaganda with the basic facts.
The Arab and Muslim world has consistently denied Israel its right to be a sovereign nation in its ancestral and biblical Jewish homeland. It is this that has made the Islam-Israel conflict (for that is what it is) the most one sided in history. Quarrels have been forced upon Israel, but Israel had quarrels with none. So let us look at a few of the many illegitimate charges that Muslim Arab propagandists have issued against the Jewish state and which, alas, many uninformed folks, especially those in the colleges and universities, have embraced without question.
Muslim Arab charge against Israel:
The Jews came to "Palestine" to dispossess the Arabs who owned 95% of the land and were the legitimate owners of the country.
Jews have always lived in their ancestral homeland in whatever numbers they could sustain, even under a succession of alien conquerors. That their independence as a sovereign nation was ended under the brutal occupation by the Roman Empire did not mean that for the next 500 years they were still a large and significant population. Over the dark centuries of statelessness, Jews nevertheless continued to return to Zion (Jerusalem) and to all parts of their spiritual and physical homeland.
There is no single case of Jews returning armed with weapons or with any thought of using them, except in self-defense. Returning Jews in the 19th century began purchasing the arid and long neglected wastelands and wilderness that had lain fallow since Roman times. They were forced to pay exorbitant prices for acreage from absentee landlords - at a far greater cost, for instance, than the rich and productive soils of Iowa.