There is already a Palestinian Arab State - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Gad
    • 16.01.07 | 11:05 (IST)

    Somebody should tell Secretary Rice that there is already a Palestinian Arab State on four-fifths of Palestine. Today it is called Jordan, before, TranJordan, or Eastern Palestine. See Julius Stone's book Israel and Palestine, pp 22-25. Also Palestinian leaders have admitted on many occasions that the idea that Palestinian Arabs are a separate nation, never brought up before the sixties, was invented purely as a ploy to destroy Israel. For example: "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." (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.)

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    First published 00:00 15.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.01.07
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