Monday, January 23, 2023

When the 'Right' Had Problems Rallying in Tel Aviv

On February 26, 1948, in the evening, the Irgun Tzvai Leumi sought to gather for a rally in support of raisaing funds for jtheir military operations against the Arabs.

The Hagana would not allow the event to pass quietly and intervened with the result that stun grenades were thrown and fisticuffs broke out.

Newspaper reports:


Even Then I Was on the Mark

A good friend reminded me recently of some correspondence we had, as follows (edited):

On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 10:44 AM, < > wrote:

Dear Yisrael,

I haven’t written to you for a while, and I hope all is well with you.

I have an academic question to you.  I don’t know whether I have told you that I am writing an academic book on _______ (in Hebrew, also to be translated into English). At the moment I am writing about the phenomenon of legislation designed to change the status quo in Israel, in terms of the definition of the state, the power and make-up of the Supreme Court, “problematic” human rights organizations etc. Some of this legislation is initiated by Private Members, others by the Government (especially the current Government).  I was wondering whether you know of any serious, academic article or book that defends this legislation.  Most of what is written on the subject comes from the Left, which defines the legislation as anti-democratic. Yariv Levin has on occasion spoken of the need for the Right “to finally start ruling”. I shall be talking to him about this in a few weeks’ time, but in the meantime I am seeking some serious academic literature on the subject.  Can you help?

My answer was:

From: Yisrael Medad 

Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 11:53 AM


Subject: Re: request

          With best regards, 

P.S.  Now see here and here.


Thursday, January 19, 2023

Sharif Hussein ibn Ali and "Palestine"

Sharif Hussein ibn Ali was an Arab leader from the Banu Hashim clan, Sharif and Emir of Mecca from 1908 and, after proclaiming the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire with Lawrence of Arabia, King of the Hejaz from 1916 to 1924 and, quite briefly, Caliph in 1924. With the Hejaz invaded by the Saudis, he had to flee and be exiled. He claimed he was a 37th-generation direct descendant of Muhammad, as he belonged to the Hashemite family.

His son was Abdullah I and his great-great-grandson, Abdullah II (son of Hussein, son of Talal), is the current King of Jordan.

In January 1924, he arrived in Amman, then TransJordan, here seen received by Lt.-Col.  Frederick Peake Pasha, the British Resident Representative (and creator of the Arab Legion):

and another picture during that time:

On March 11 he received pledges of fealty from local Arabs, Arabs from west of the Jordan River and neighboring Arab countries.

But what did he think of "Palestine"?

As this article, "Sharif Husayn ibn Ali and the Hashemite Vision of the Post-Ottoman Order: From Chieftaincy to Suzerainty", details, he seemed to think it shouldn't exist:

So, it isn't that some pro-Israel/Zionism advocates think an 'Arab Palestine' wasn't and shouldn't be.


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

1921 - First Political Demo on the Temple Mount

"On the following day, Tuesday March 29, Abdullah went to the Temple Mount to visit the Mosque of Omar, a seventh-century Moslem shrine. The Emir tried to speak with a group of Arabs who gathered near him. They greeted him with hostility. “Down with the Zionists,” shouted the Palestinian Arabs, “Palestine for the Arabs.” The Arabs then started a demonstration against the Balfour Declaration."

Winston Churchill in Jerusalem, 1921 by David Semple


Wednesday, January 04, 2023

The Exact Uri Tzvi Greenberg Temple Mount Quotation

Many quote from a speech Uri Tzvi Greenberg, then a MK representing Herut, 

during a Knesset plenum debate but 'enhance' it.

Here is the headline from the Herut newspaper two days after, March 11, 1949:

and it reads:

"He who rules in Jerusalem, rules in Tel Aviv".

And from the Knesset record:

It need be recalled that at that time, Jerusalem was not yet the official capital of Israel. It became so only in December 1949 when David Ben-Gurion passed a government decision. That was why he mentioned Tel Aviv.

Another section of the speech: