Rejection of the UN Partition Plan of November 29, 1947, Was a Prequel to the October 7 Massacre

By Lt.-Col. (res.) Maurice Hirsch, JCPA,29 Nov 2023

Tel Aviv crowds celebrated the UN’s vote for partition on November 29, 1947

November 29 – on this day in 1947, the newly formed United Nations General Assembly voted to alter the provisions of the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine and divide Israel into two entities: a Jewish state and an Arab state. While the representatives of the Jews expressed their support for the plan, the representatives of the Arabs rejected the decision, refusing to accept the creation of a Jewish state within any boundaries. The events of the October 7 massacre, in which all the Palestinian terror organizations, including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and Fatah et al. participated, demonstrate that nothing has changed in 76 years.

The 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine was formulated pursuant to the Balfour Declaration, the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, and the 1920 San Remo Conference. In the Mandate for Palestine and similar mandates issued at the time, the international community divided the fallen Ottoman Empire into various countries. “Palestine,” like, Syria, and Jordan, was created as part of this process. At the time, “Palestine” referred not only to the geographical area of modern-day Israel (including the Gaza Strip, Judea, and Samaria) but also to the geographical area of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

To find a solution for both the Jewish and Arab national aspirations, the Mandate for Palestine allocated the entire region from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea to establish the Jewish state. The Mandate further provided that the Mandatory, Great Britain, would have the authority to separate “Trans-Jordan” – i.e., Palestine to the east of the Jordan River – from the rest of Palestine and thereby create the Arab state. In its essence, the Mandate for Palestine was the first international expression of the “two-state solution.”

While the League of Nations initially issued the Mandate for Palestine, its provisions were adopted by the UN under Article 80 of the UN Charter. The Mandate, as adopted by the UN Charter, had very concrete legal ramifications and could only have been changed with broad international consensus.

Thus, to fundamentally alter the Mandate, the UN proposed what is commonly known as the “UN Partition Plan.” While many members of the UN General Assembly voted in favor of the resolution, decisions of this nature only become binding under the newly proscribed provisions of the UN charter when approved by the UN Security Council. Since the Arab countries rejected the partition outright, no decision was ever made by the Security Council. In its essence, the UN Partition Plan was a betrayal of the “two-state solution,” replacing it with a “three-state solution” – Jordan, another Arab state, and the Jewish state.

From November 1947 to May 1948, the Arab countries could have reconsidered their decision and given birth to a second Arab state in “Palestine.” They did not. Instead, they chose the path of war to annihilate Israel.

From 1948 to 1967, when the Gaza Strip was controlled by Egypt and Judea/Samaria controlled by Jordan, the Arab countries, together with the international community, could again have reconsidered their decision and established the second Arab state. They did not. Instead, they chose the path of war to annihilate Israel.

Since the international community accepted the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the representative of the newly recognized “Palestinian people,” many more opportunities to create the second Arab state, now referred to as “Palestine,” have been rejected by the Palestinian leadership.

In the July 2000 Camp David discussions, then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat could have agreed to the creation of the Palestinian entity, but he refused, again choosing the path of violence. In 2008, the current PLO/Palestinian Authority leader, Mahmoud Abbas, could have accepted the Israeli offer to create a Palestinian entity in a territorial area greater than the size of the Gaza Strip and Judea/Samaria. Still, he, too, refused, preferring to continue on the path of brainwashing generations of Palestinians to despise Israelis and reject Israel’s right to exist.

While the timing and acts of barbarism of the October 7, 2023, massacre were complete tactical surprises, it is impossible to argue that Israel and the international community were not given forewarning.

Thirty Years in the Making

The PA messaging to the Palestinians for the last 30 years has been very clear: Israel, in all and any borders, is an illegitimate state, borne on the heels of colonialism on stolen Palestinian land; Israelis/Jews are responsible for all the ills of the world and Islamic imperative mandates their destruction; Palestinians are destined to annihilate Israel through the use of terror and violence in the end of days when “trees and stones will call to Muslim believers saying a Jew is hiding behind me” to kill.

Hamas’ messaging to the Gazans is precisely the same as the PA’s messaging.

The only difference is that Israel and its security forces have a substantial presence in Judea and Samaria and can act broadly against terror threats. Since the 2005 Israel disengagement, however, the Gaza Strip has become a safe haven for terrorists.

If Israel seeks to survive and the international community seeks to avoid another October 7 massacre, the first thing they have to do is to pay heed to the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and the other Palestinian leaders.

They are not talking about peace, nor are they talking about coexistence. They are not talking, except when addressing the gullible Western ears in English, about what President Biden refers to as the “two-state solution” – a Palestinian state living peacefully next to Israel. What they are saying, in Arabic, to their own population has never changed: Israel has no right to exist, and we must do everything, including the genocide of Jews, to destroy it.

Continuing on the path of being willfully blind and willfully deaf to Palestinian incitement and denial of Israel’s right to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people will not bring about peace. It will, however, guarantee that the October 7 massacre will happen over and over again.

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  1. I think, perhaps, that the rejection of the 1947 UN Partition Plan lead to the October 7th Jihad but I posit that Israel’s and the World’s blindness to the true nature of Muhammad and Islam toward the kafir; especially the Jews.
    Qur’an 8:67 shows that Muhammad did the exact same thing that Hamas on October 7th; enact a great slaughter before the taking of hostages. This Jihad comes directly from Muhammad and the Qur’an.
    The REAL prequel of October 7th IS Islam. The secondary prequel leading to October 7th, is that Israel did not ANNEX Judea, Samaria and Gaza while “transferring” out ALL of the, so-called, “Palestinians” – and their Socialist/Communist cohorts, to any of the over 50, once non-Islamic, nations they choose (NOT WESTERN NATIONS). Thus, Israel, would have become “a light among the nations” sparking all Western nations to follow suit by actively engaging in the much needed “Reconquista” deporting all their Muslims as well….
    Israel, and all kafir world wide, must learn about Muhammad and Islam…..

  2. EvRe1

    Perhaps you don’t know that the Gaza terrorists also get munitions and weapons that arrive by sea to their fishing limit and tranship. I thought this was well known but apparently not. There are smuggling tunnels from Gaza into Sinai also, as you have implied.
    And they manufacture also, so they have several sources of weapons, munitions and materiel.

  3. @EvRe1,
    I very much doubt that we can convince the Muslim Palestinians to really want a relationship with the Jews in the foreseeable future. They have been brainwashed from the day they were born to kill the Jews at every opportunity. Their Imams have done a lot to make them believe that. They are celebrated as martyrs whenever they accomplish that deed, and even their mothers are proud.

  4. @dreuveni,
    I think you make a good point. It is EXACTLY through Egypt that they get their weapons.

    I agree the article doesn’t present new information, however, I thought it is useful to realize just how far back the problem goes. The problem is essentially having genocidal people living side by side with Israelis. The Israelis who lived there at the time, knew how violent they were, but it is possible they were just happy to have their own state and be back in their/our homeland. But putting people with the desire to kill all the Jews in the same land as the Jews was never going to work.

    It has taken all this time to finally convince the vast majority of Israelis that there is not a “Palestinian peoplehood” with whom to make peace, there are only murderers for neighbors, and people who celebrate when the Jews are killed.

    Even so, there are still Israelis who believe Netanyahu is the problem, and who still think if there were a different PM, a relationship with the PA could be established which would be constructive. I hope the number of Israelis who believe this is very small. I just do not know at this point how much of a constituency they represent.

  5. The article doesn’t present new information. One of the points brought up was that the Gaza Strip provides a safe haven for terrorists. We should concentrate on this for a moment and consider how the terrorists and all their rockets and other munitions get into the strip. It sure isn’t through Israel, and the suggestion that they make their rockets on misused water pipes is naive. It all comes in through Egypt and giving up control of the Philadelphi corridor under US pressure was the mistake that led us to this point.