Saturday, May 21, 2011

Return To Previous Borders

This just in:
Israeli PM calls for “just solution” to end the conflict.
Aboard Air Force Aleph (Reuters) – Speaking to reporters accompanying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his long flight to the United States tonight, Netanyahu spoke of the injustice and hardship Mexicans have endured since American forces annexed Texas in 1845. “Tens of thousands of ordinary Mexicans were driven out of their homes – the only homes they had known for centuries - and forced to live in poverty and squalor south of the border imposed by American aggression,” Netanyahu said. “The Israeli and Mexican people agree on this: This festering wound will never heal until America takes bold steps to return to the internationally accepted lines of 1845. Clearly the settlement activity that’s taken place occupied Mexico since then is illegal. When I meet the President tomorrow I will tell him to halt all building activity in Texas immediately. Two lands for two peoples, yes, but not on land taken by force from Mexico,” the Prime Minister said.
Asked if his hard-line stance could hurt the U.S.-Israel relationship, Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s commitment to America’s security and the unshakeable friendship shared by the two countries, then added, “But who was it who said, part of friendship is being able to tell your friend the truth. The ball is now in Obama’s court.”

Dan Friedman

I'm pretty sure that this is satire.


  1. Next, the return of HBC lands along the Columbia River.


  2. Dan Friedman wrote this for (AFAICT). It seems to have gone viral on email.

  3. According to wikipedia .

    The annexed territories, comparable in size to Western Europe, were essentially unsettled, containing about 1,000 Mexican families in Alta California and 7,000 in Nuevo México ... A few relocated further south in Mexico; the great majority remained in the U.S. Descendants of these Mexican families have risen to prominence in American life, such as United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and his brother, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, both from Colorado.

    The United States granted citizenship to the inhabitants of the territories it conquered. Israel did not and has never had any reasonable long term plan for dealing with the Palestinians.

  4. You are correct that Israel have never made a similar arrangement that it did with the Treaty of Guadulupe Hidalgo. But then again, Mexico also accepted the loss of the Southwest, and did not engage in regular warfare against the U.S. Had it done so, I suspect that conditions would have been unpleasant for the Hispanics living in the conquered territories.

    One other difference: the U.S. intentionally provoked the Mexican War; Israel was attacked in the Yom Kippur War, and was not the aggressor.

  5. Uh, shouldn't that be 1836? That was the year Sam Houston caught General De Santa Anna and his army napping at Lynchberg Ferry and captured him and held him hostage and forced him to sign the treaty of Velasco thereby making Texas a sovereign republic.

  6. Jordan accepted the loss of the West Bank some time ago and has not been waging war against Israel. And the occupied territories were conquered in the 1967 war which Israel started (in response to provocation to be sure).