It is staple of the Zionist narrative to parrot that it was the indigenous Palestinians who started it all (“declared war”), and having lost, must now live with the consequences.
But if I try to “partition” your land without your consent and you resist, who really “started” it? Can it really be said that your resistance legalized or justified my taking because you had the temerity to use violence?
Contrary to the contention that the Palestinian resistance is to blame for the creation/expansion of Israel, it should be noted that most Zionists have always believed that the Jewish people had an inherent and inalienable right to Palestine.
Religious Zionists have stated this in biblical terms, referring to the divine promise of the land to the tribes of Israel. Secular Zionists, on the other hand, have relied more on the argument that Palestine alone could solve the problem of Jewish dispersion and virulent anti-Semitism.
But, let’s be clear here, NEVER was the consent of the native population ever seriously taken into consideration by any of these Zionists, the Europeans or the UN.
To claim that the Palestinians are to blame for their own dispossession, for having the temerity to resist this forcibly-imposed dictum, is simply ludicrous.