By Yashiko Sagamori
If you are so sure that " Palestine, the country, goes back through
most of recorded history," I expect you to be able to answer a few
basic questions about that country of Palestine :
1. When was it founded and by whom?
2. What were its borders
3. What was its capital?
4 What were its major cities
5. What constituted the basis of its economy?
6. What was its form of government?
7. Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
8. Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that
time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
9. What was the language of the country of Palestine ?
10. What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine ?
11. What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and
tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian
monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese
yen, or Chinese yuan on that date..
12. And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused
its demise and when did it occur?
You are lamenting the "low sinking" of a "once proud" nation. Please
tell me, when exactly was that "nation" proud and what was it so proud
And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you
mistakenly call "Palestinians" are anything but generic Arabs
collected from all over -- or thrown out of -- the Arab world, if they
really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for
self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until
Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?
I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day
"Palestinians" to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for
history won't work here.
The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab
countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel ; they
still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their
evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy.
For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically
called it "the Palestinian people" and installed it in Gaza , Judea,
and Samaria . How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt
to unconditionally accept back the "West Bank" and Gaza ,
The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less
claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged
in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at
least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The
so-called "Palestinians" have only one motivation: the destruction of
Israel , and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a
nation" -- or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist
organization that will one day be dismantled.
In fact, there is only one way to achieve peace in the Middle East.
Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war
against Israel and, as the losing side should, pay Israel reparations
for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The
most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of
their terrorist organization from the land of Israel and accepting
Israel 's ancient sovereignty over Gaza , Judea, and Samaria . That will mark the end of the Palestinian people.
What are you saying again was its beginning?