I’ve been trying to keep politics to a minimum on this blog, but in light of the negativity towards Israel in the western media lately, I feel I need to share this with you.
Check world history prior to its re-writing by Arabs in the 20th and 21st Centuries and you’ll discover that Palestine has never existed as a nation. The region currently referred to as Palestine was ruled alternately by Rome, Islamic and Christian crusaders (i.e., terrorists), the Ottoman Empire and Great Britain after World War I. The British agreed to restore part of the land to the Jewish people as their ancestral homeland. It was never ruled by, or awarded to, Arabs as a separate nation.
But don’t just take my word for it, according to Arab leaders there is no such thing as the “Palestinian” people.
On March 31, 1977 the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. His statements were also later published in the Boston Herald and you’ll find them at various Internet sites as well. Here’s what he said:
The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.
For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.
How does Jordan feel about this statement?
King Abdullah in 1948: “Palestine and Jordan are one…”
Prince Hassan of the Jordanian National Assembly on February 2, 1970: “Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is only one land, with one history and one and the same fate”.
Abdul Hamid Sharif, Prime Minister of Jordan in 1980: “The Palestinians and Jordanians do not belong to different nationalities. They hold the same Jordanian passports, are Arabs and have the same Jordanian culture.”
King Hussein in 1981: “The truth is that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan.”
And here’s what a few Arab-Americans have to say:
Distinguished Arab-American Princeton University historian Philip Hitti testified before the Anglo-American Committee, “There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in history.”
According to Arab-American columnist Joseph Farah, “Palestine has never existed – before or since – as an autonomous entity… There was no language known as Palestinian. There was no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a Palestine governed by the Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc.”
In other words, Jordan is Palestine. Jordanians and Palestinians are Arabs.
The Arabs deserve an Academy Award for their ability to create a fictional world in which they are victims of oppression at the hands of Israel and the U.S., deceiving the West by preying on their value for human life – a value not evident in their own culture.
The “victims” were masterfully created by Arab leaders; rather than using the billions of humanitarian aid dollars they received from the U.S. and other Western countries for programs to improve the lives of the people they are responsible for, they increased their own personal wealth and illegally invested what was left on weapons and terrorist training facilities. Training camps from which they attack the hand that feeds them.
Despite the desire of many to save every creature on earth, rabid dogs must be put down. As with dogs, the Arabs have sensed the fear and weaknesses of our humanitarian cultures. They know we don’t want them to starve, that we want their children to be healthy, educated and warm on a cold night. We feel badly for them when we see the pathetic photographs in their propaganda. And they view our open hearts as weakness and take advantage of the opportunity to make more unreasonable demands that the world pressures Israel to concede to in the interest of humanity. While our defenses are down, they strike; again, and again, and again. The Western world must stop the bloody rollercoaster and put an end to terrorism once and for all.
Two-State is Not a Solution or an Option
Granting a state to a people who have failed at self-rule and have demonstrated no intention of being peaceful neighbors to any country (including their own people) is not a viable solution. The fact is that Jordan occupies 77% of the original Palestine Mandate that was originally promised to the Jewish people. The population density of Jordan is less than 61 people per square mile leaving lots of room to absorb many more of their brethren and cousins. And since both Jordan and the Palestinians have declared that they are one in the same, this should not present a cultural or economic problem for either side.
The Palestinian Goal is to Destroy Israel
On September 12, 1993, the day that Yasir Arafat signed the Declaration of Principles (a.k.a. Oslo Accords), he explained his actions on Jordan TV as follows:
Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel.
That’s a pretty clear statement of the goals of the Palestinian people. We must stop negotiating with terrorists. They must be removed from society for the preservation of all nations. And Israel must be allowed to defend its people by forcefully putting an end to Palestinian terrorism in any way it deems necessary. Israel is not subject to the fictional scenarios laid out in the 1977 Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions. They didn’t sign on, nor did the U.S. because the idea that there is a community of nations all playing by the same rules is a fantasy.
Before accusing Israel of “war crimes” one should imagine how they/their country would react to the terrorism Israeli civilians have had to endure if it were being inflicted on them by their neighbors. And then either be a part of the solution or stay out of the way.