All war victors, including US, take spoils
Friday, December 15, 2017
This letter concerns the definition of “occupied land” as it applies to both the United States and Israel.
Many condemn Israel for wanting to use Jerusalem as its capital, calling it occupied land really belonging to the Palestinians. In the 1967 war, Israel was attacked, on all fronts, and not only beat back its enemies, but defeated them. Israel expanded its territories over some of the captured territory. This is called “occupation.” It’s also called “spoils of war.”
All war victors do this. Almost the entire area of the United States consists of occupied land. No one in their right mind would think that the Indians gave us all this territory. When the French sold us the Louisiana Purchase, that just meant that they would stay out of the way if we occupied it. They did not speak for all the Indian tribes that were living there. We still had to move the Indians out of our way, and we were not nice about it. We were also rather unpleasant to the Mexicans.
Do these persons who condemn Israel want the United States to return all our occupied lands to whatever American Indians are still alive?
Countries’ borders move in response to warfare. It’s always been that way, and it will always be that way, right or wrong.