November 29th is an Israel anniversary date. It remembers the moment when, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations passed Resolution 181. This was the Resolution that authorized the modern creation of the world's only Jewish State. In May, 1948, after the British Palestine Mandate ended, this Jewish State gave itself a name: the State of Israel.
Everyone in Israel should remember this date, for two reasons. The first reason is obvious: this date marks the rebirth of our ancient Jewish national homeland as a modern, sovereign State. After almost 2,000 years of exile and persecution, the United Nations made certain on this date to return to us our natural, national homeland.
The second reason we should remember November 29, 1947 is that this is the one day each year we should re-learn the lessons of Resolution 181. The lesson of Resolution 181 is simple: It gave Israel legal legitimacy.
Anti-Israel advocates (and Arabs) question Israel's right to exist. They question Israel's legitimacy. This is why Israel should perform a public reading of 181 on November 29th--so it can validate that 181 was not a conditional document. It was final. It made Israel a completely sovereign Member of the United Nations. It made Israel no different from anyone else.
It was a legal document. It didn't make Israel a partial Member of the UN. It didn't make Israel a part-time Member. It made the Jewish state (whatever its name would be) a permanent Member of the family of nations. That vote gave Israel an unquestioned, legal legitimacy.
Israel should demand that that legitimacy be recognized.
On November 29th, Israel should remind the UN that 181 implicitly gave to Israel a promise of peace and security. But since its founding through 181, Israel has seen neither peace nor security.
If there is no peace and security for Israel, that isn't Israel's fault. It's the fault of the Arabs around Israel who absolutely refuse to accept the provisions of 181. Israel's lack of peace and security is also the fault of the UN itself--for never having forced those Arabs to implement 181, and for never exacting a hefty price for that refusal.
When you read Resolution 181 (below), consider how Israel's Arab enemies violated its terms even before the proverbial ink had dried. You should also consider how the UN did nothing to protect Israel or to force those Arabs to become compliant with the Resolution.
Here's how both Arabs and the UN violated Res.181:
1. 181 promises that, regarding the creation of two states, if there should arise a threat to peace, a breach of peace or acts of aggression during the transition period to two states for two peoples, the UN would take whatever measures were necessary to stop those threats and aggression (according to the UN Charter's Articles 39-42).
However, once 181 passed, Arabs immediately resorted to acts of aggression against the new Jewish state. Since the passage of 181, Arabs have violated its terms consistently, repeatedly, and with violence. Much to its shame, the UN has taken no active action to reverse Arab aggression, address Arab violations of 181 or stop Arab violence.
2. In 181, both sides were called upon to implement the Resolution. The Arabs refused to do this. They took no steps to implement 181. The UN did nothing to make certain the Arabs did implement.
3. The two peoples most affected by this Resolution were told by 181 to take no action that would hamper its implementation. The Arabs violated that call. The UN did not act against that violation.
4. Neither the newly-created Jewish nor the newly-created Arab State were to use force against any other State in a manner inconsistent with the purpose of the United Nations (to establish peace and security between nations). The Arabs violated this provision. The UN did nothing to stop that violation.
5. Both sides were required to offer equal rights in civil, political, economic and religious matters. The Arabs violated this requirement. The UN did nothing to correct those violations.
6. Both sides were to agree to create economic cooperation mechanisms. The Arabs violated that provision. The UN did nothing to persuade the Arabs to abandon such violations.
7. Access to Holy Places and religious building in the Holy Land were to be maintained and repaired as needed. The Arabs violated this provision. The UN did nothing to correct those violations.
8.Freedom of worship for all--especially in Jerusalem--was to be granted. The Arabs violated this provision. The UN did nothing to make certain this freedom was guaranteed.
9. Each of the two states created by 181 was to offer adequate primary and secondary education to all within their respective state, particularly for the minority populations within their state. The Arabs violated this provision. The UN did nothing about this violation.
10. Jerusalem was to remain an open, international city, with freedom of religion, worship and access to Holy cites granted to all. The Arabs violated this provision. The UN did nothing to force the Arabs to abide by this provision.
In sum, neither the Arab enemies of Israel nor the United Nations followed the dictates of Resolution 181. Each November 29th, Israel should tell the UN that Israel will not accept any rulings by the UN as binding until all the violations of 181 be addressed, including the imposition of appropriate compensation and penalties for violations.
Here is 181. For your convenience, I have made bold key phrases and sentences: