The Arabs in 1947 were rejecting an intruder who was taking part of their land, just as the Palestinians today reject the settlements on the West Bank. Any one in their place at that time would have done the same. Abbas is merely trying to present an argument which appeals to Israelis (he thinks) and circumvent the Israeli argument that the Arabs forfeited their rights to Palestine by rejecting the UN partition resolution. His is wasting his time. No argument will change the Jewish mindset. To them Palestinians do not exist, let alone have rights to what Jews do not even call Palestine. He should concentrate his energies on fighting the battle at the UN not among the Israeli public. You cannot make a dent in the Jewish mindset.
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from the article: Abbas: Arab world was wrong to reject 1947 Partition Plan