“…Absolutely right. Removing Israel will not auto-magically resolve the conflicts in the middle-east. It’s rooted too deep…”
That’s the ONLY statement you made that seemed to place ANY responsibility for Middle East problems on anyone OTHER than Israel and America…
I think the statement of Lixy’s right after the one you quoted is the more compelling one, naming the British and the French as culprits. The Jews and the Palestinians are acting as they would be expected to act in order to ensure their own survival, but Britain, France, the UN, and the US are very much to blame for basically putting all the bugs in the jar and shaking it, then sitting back and watching them fight.
I said it on another thread, but Britain is ultimately to blame for the problems of Iraq and Afghanistan, and arguably Iran as well, inasmuch they had a hand in engineering a coup (along with the CIA) to replace Prime Minister Mossadeq with Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was more receptive to doing business with British Petroleum.
As for Israel, Britain had committed to helping the Zionist Federation establish a Jewish homeland in 1917, following the first World War. The Foreign Secretary, former Prime Minister Arthur Balfour wrote a letter to Baron Rothschild promising just that, on the condition that the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities (i.e., Muslim and Christian Palestinian Arabs) would not be prejudiced by the establishment of such a homeland. A Jewish state, with traditional sovereignty, was not included in the promise.
While the UN was busy carving off a piece of Palestine for the Zionists (in an arrangement that pleased nobody: the Arabs complained that the Jews were given too much of the good land; the Zionists complained they weren’t given enough…and they wanted all of Jerusalem, too, which under the UN plan would be under international administration), the British were busy being intimidated by various Zionist organizations to get their troops out of Palestine. The King David Hotel was bombed in 1946 by Menachem Begin’s Irgun group, which, along with the Stern Gang sent letter-bombs to prominent British politicians who opposed the establishment of a Jewish state.
The intimidation campaign worked: on May 14, 1948, the British pulled out of the Palestine Mandate. Ben-Gurion declared Israel to be a sovereign state that very night.
One cannot go back ninety years and undo the mistakes of the past, but IF:
…the Brits had not split the Osmani Khalifate into the phony kingdoms of Hejaz, Syria, Jordan and Mesopotamia, then handed them over to the Hashemite bedouins at the insistence of T.E. Lawrence; and
…they had remained in the Palestine Mandate until the disputes between the Jewish settlers and the native Palestinians (many of whom were landless peasants who had been uprooted from their farms by shady real estate deals between the settlers and absentee landlords) had been resolved,
I believe that by and large the problems we are seeing today in the Middle East would be, while not nonexistent, certainly much less…explosive.