What Palestinian Land???????? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Chafeeka
    • 30.08.10 | 08:04 (IDT)

    Immediately after the 1993 Oslo accords, the Palestinian Authority's "cultural" organs started celebrating "Canaanite festivals." They were designed to underscore the Palestinian Authority's newly invented claim that Palestinian Arabs -- whose ancestors conquered Palestine in the seventh century, about 2,000 years after the Jewish tribes settled the Holy Land -- were actually descendants of the Canaanites, and therefore the land's "original" inhabitants, possessing a prior claim to it. Innocently, Israelis dismissed these claims as yet another harmless Arab fantasy. But recently, widening Western circles subjected to Arab propaganda started questioning Israel's rights to the land, suggesting that it was stolen from the Arabs and should be returned to them. Israelis finally realized that this web of distortions and outright lies (like the insistence that the Temple Mount was never a Jewish place of worship) spun by the Palestinian Authority and its Western sympathizers was a serious challenge to Israel's legitimacy and right to exist. The crass historical fabrications peddled by Arab propaganda also reaffirmed that the war waged by the Palestinian Authority against Israel is not only about territory or the Arab refugees' "right of return," but about the very moral justification for reviving Jewish independence in its ancestral homeland

    from the article: Mahmoud Abbas: If talks fail over settlements, only Israel will be to blame
    First published 23:05 29.08.10 | Last updated 23:05 29.08.10
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