Points By Drew Pritt

It’s Israel, not Palestine!
July 13, 2008, 8:22 pm
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This historical truth of no distinct Palestinian people was articulated by none other than former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, a senior member of the P.L.O., and recently a prominent Lebanese author.

Golda Meir said :

There were no such thing as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people, and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.” Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969; The Washington Post (June 16, 1969)

But, it’s not just Golda who made the point. Many Arabs admitted that the campaign to utterly destroy the Jewish State unites Palestinians and not aspiration for statehood.

Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein said just that on March 31, 1977 in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw:

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.”

Lebanese American Sharon Nader Sloan, Esq. noted in her article “The Big Lie” from 2001

Did you know that for 19 years Jordan occupied and ruled the whole West Bank, including Jerusalem? …All this time, did we hear anything about a Palestinian state? No, we did not. Why not? Because there never existed a Palestinian state. And in the entire history of nations, Jerusalem was never the capital of any country other than that of ancient Israel and modern Israel. So how can there be a claim on Jerusalem as the capital of a state that never existed?”


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