Palestinian people do not exist! Not my statement, but that of an officer of the PLO!
Bold statement! The point made is that all Arabs, like Israelis, are descendants of Abraham. Spoken by whom? Some obscure Zionists? No!
Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, 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.”
Interesting information in light of President Obama’s disappointing overture to restore Israeli borders to pre-1967 war status. Remarkable statement in denial of a distinct Palestinian people. Furthermore, Zahir Muhsein stated, “the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”
“The general impression given in the media is that Palestinians have lived in the Holy Land for hundreds, if not thousands of years. No wonder, then, that a recent poll of French citizens shows that the majority believe (falsely) that prior to the establishment of the State of Israel an independent Arab Palestinian state existed in its place. Yet curiously, when it comes to giving the history of this “ancient” people most news outlets find it harder to go back more than the early nineteen hundreds.
History says there are two peoples, born of their father, Abraham, to step-brothers. Ishmael is the elder son of Abraham via Sarai’s (Abraham’s wife) slave woman, Hagar. Ishmael became the father of the Arab nations. Fourteen years later, Isaac was born of Sarai (Sarah), and although he was younger than Ishmael, he inherited the blessing of the firstborn and became the historical father of Israel. Naturally, there is a difference in the way this information is understood by Muslims, Israelis, and Christians. Suffice it to say, for the purpose of this debate, there is no mention of a Palestinian people any where in the mix.
The disputed area is in YELLOW. If Israel were to agree to the President’s suggestion, the central belt of Israel would be reduced to a mere 9 miles across, nearly indefensible in the face of Israel’s reality – surrounded by lethal enemies.
President Obama is building a clear record concerning his take on Middle East geography. “According to published reports, in January, 2009, by the Associated Press, President Obama authorized an emergency contribution of $20.3 million solely for “urgent relief efforts in the Gaza Strip.” Yesterday, in his important Middle East speech, “President Obama’s decision yesterday to become the first American president to directly and overtly declare that Israel must withdraw to its 1949 borders (pre-1967) was met with negative reactions both at home and abroad – particularly within the state of Israel, over 300,000 of whose residents currently live in the territories Obama demanded that the Jewish state cede to a future “state of Palestine.” This is an appalling decision and has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many especially in light of the historical non-existence of any reference to a separate and sovereign Palestinian state.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU met with President Obama today (5-20-2011) and responded firmly :
“I think for there to be peace, the Palestinians will have to accept some basic realities. The first is that while Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible, because they don’t take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years. Remember that before 1967, Israel was all of 9 miles wide — half the width of the Washington Beltway. And these were not the boundaries of peace; they were the boundaries of repeated wars, because the attack on Israel was so attractive from them.”
Peace remains a dream, and we can only hope it is genuinely a dream for all who claim it is so!