There is no such thing as a Palestinian people

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(Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister 1969-74)

The late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir made a bold political statement for which she was pilloried.

That’s what happens sometimes when someone speaks the truth in the face of shameless lies.

What she said was this: “There is no such thing as a Palestinian people.”

Muslim propagandists ever since have ridiculed and derided her comment. They charged her with “racism.” They accused her of historical revisionism. They accused her of being out of touch with reality and of being in denial.

But she was absolutely right. And others who agree are just as correct.

Here are some of just two of my favorites – all spoken or written long after Golda Meir made her pointed observation. Time does not change the facts.

Way back on March 31, 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. 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.

That’s pretty clear, isn’t it? It’s even more specific than Golda Meir’s statement. It reaffirms what I have written on this subject. And it is hardly the only such statement of its kind. Yasser Arafat himself made a very definitive and unequivocal statement along these lines as late as 1993.

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Arafat, 1993: “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.”

The prophet Malachi writing in 420 BC foretold what is happening today in Judea and Samaria:

“Even though Edom has said, “We have been impoverished, But we will return and build the desolate places” Malachi 1:4.

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And Edom’s (who is Esau) descendants returned to the then desolate land of Israel at about the same time as the Jews began making aliyah in 1892. Not only did Edom have a score to settle over their forefathers’ forsaken birthright (Genesis 25:29-34), but Edom knew that where Jews reside jobs can be found.

And Malachi went one step further to help us identify Edom:

“They may build, but I will throw down; They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness,
And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever.” Malachi 1:5