Is­raeli-Arab solution

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - LEN BEN­NETT Ottawa, On­tario

What is wrong with the Arabs who have called them­selves Pales­tini­ans since 1964, when the PLO was founded in Egypt to get rid of the “in­fi­dels” in the Mid­dle East and North Africa (“Pend­ing power vac­uum: Younger Pales­tini­ans de­spair over ag­ing, flail­ing lead­er­ship”)?

In Bri­tish Man­date Pales­tine, only Jews were called Pales­tini­ans. Have to­day’s Pales­tini­ans not yet fig­ured out that no one cares about them? Do they not re­mem­ber that in the 1948 war for Is­raeli in­de­pen­dence, Egypt took Gaza and Jor­dan oc­cu­pied the West Bank? Why did th­ese two not then cre­ate “Pales­tine?” The an­swer is that they did not rec­og­nize any Arabs called Pales­tini­ans. Their goal was to drive out the in­fi­dels and split up the land.

It is very con­ve­nient for them to have the United Na­tions des­ig­nate any Arab who lost a home in the war a refugee if he had lived more than two years un­der the man­date. The Jor­da­ni­ans of­fered any­one in the West Bank cit­i­zen­ship.

The Lebanese, Jor­da­ni­ans, Syr­i­ans and Egyp­tians set up refugee camps and sucked money out of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), sup­pos­edly to help the des­ti­tute. Later Fatah and Ha­mas joined in.

Now is the best time for the Arabs to work with Is­rael and set up two states. Now, while non-Arabs are still will­ing to pay and Iran and Hezbol­lah are be­ing kept at bay, they can make a deal with Is­rael. They can en­joy the pros­per­ity their Is­raeli-Arab broth­ers en­joy and de­velop a pros­per­ous so­ci­ety. How­ever, per­haps the Pales­tini­ans would rather kill the in­fi­dels than have a coun­try. That is their dilemma.

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