What did Abba Eban mean? (part 1) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yonatan
    • 27.09.10 | 11:01 (IST)

    The late Israeli FM Abba Eban is once stated that the Palestinians "have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. This pronouncement deserves explication. 1) With the rise of political Zionism and increased Jewish purchase of land and settlement, the Palestinian Arabs, instead of working hand in hand with the Jews and bettering their lot, engaged in increased acts of violence, especially after 1920. Had they not done so, and cooperated instead, THERE MIGHT NEVER HAVE BEEN A JEWISH STATE. So the Jews went on purchasing land and building new settlements. 2) Friction increased during the 1920's and 1930's, when the British Empire realized that things were getting out of hand. And so, after the outbreak of the Arab Uprising in 1936, it created the Peel Commission, which recommended dividing Palestine into a tiny sliver of a Jewish state and a much larger Arab state. The Jews accepted; the Arabs rejected this out of hand. So the British cavbed in and stopped Jewish immigration in 1939. But the Jews kept on building settlements.

    from the article: Bulldozers roll out across West Bank as settlement freeze ends
    First published 08:47 27.09.10 | Last updated 12:00 27.09.10
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