The Jewish Refugee, Hypothetically Speaking

Had the post-World War I division of the Ottoman Empire unfolded differently, Israel might have had a case for comparing Jewish refugees to Palestinian ones. But it didn't happen that way.

Let's consider the following hypothetical scenario: At the end of World War I the Allied Powers decide to offer national self-determination to the Arab entity of the Ottoman Empire, and give their blessing to the founding of a single, broad Arab state in the region. Immediately upon establishment, this new state halts Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel and begins a...