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Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

“Free Palestine”

Although I am usually shouted-down, if I say so among liberals who support the Palestinians, I have a different view of their drive for statehood. It is a view seen up-close.

For some time, those who support Israel have pointed out that Palestinian leaders like Yasser Arafat, when addressing the Palestinian people in Arabic, sing a different tune about statehood.

Officially, via the famous/infamous Oslo Accords of 1993, the Palestinians are to receive a state in the West Bank and Gaza. This would entail carving-up sections of Israel and the Palestinian territories, but officially, both sides have agreed to this.

But what about unofficially? I am of the opinion that this is the only view that really matters.

As soon as he came to Gaza in 1994, from exile in Tunisia, Arafat declared to his own people that they would obtain all the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. Diplomats, politicians, military planners, and other observers of this two-decade process (Oslo) all understood that this kind of rhetoric meant that Israel would disappear.

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It’s just that most didn’t take it seriously.

I have long believed that Arafat meant exactly what he was saying to his own people, in private, as it were. That was confirmed to me during a recent stroll through the Muslim Quarter, in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Amid all the t-shirt designs, I saw several that were bold in their proclamations. Something I had not seen in previous visits.

Audacity.

One particular design I brought back. A simple, primitive map, with the words “Free Palestine.” Chillingly, at the top of the map, two Palestinian flags have been planted. This means exactly what you have surmised: the Palestinian people expect that Palestine will soon comprise all of the land.

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This means they intend for Israel to disappear, either literally or as a bi-national state.

One can disagree with me, but I’ve been there and talked to people and seen the new boldness of the Palestinian people, who believe their long dream/nightmare of reversing the “Nakba” is about to be realized.

And that’s scary.

  • http://www.metrum2.waw.pl/ metrum

    The Palestinians have decided to apply for recognition of their statehood after years of fruitless negotiations with Israel on a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

    When launched on Tuesday the UN General Assembly session, is expected to vote on the recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a state. The Palestinian Authority has repeatedly promised that occurs during this session of the UN membership, or to raise their status in this organization to the level of non-member country.

    Palestinian party argues that membership in the UN is necessary to ensure a level playing field in negotiations with Israel. This condemns the Palestinian initiative. Also, the United States, which is the main ally of Israel, expressing opposition to the intention of Palestine, arguing that it will prevent the successful completion of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

  • http://www.cogaz.waw.pl cogas

    UN divided the former British mandate on the two territories of the Arab and Jewish part. The two conflicting communities fought each other from the very beginning of the war, and only worsens the conflict rather than disappear. Israel as a country richer, assisted by a Western allies, came as a result of the conflict, and occupied a large part of Arab territory. This occupation led to increased liberation movement and uprising in 1964, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Palestine Liberation Organization fighting for a free Palestine, is often associated with terrorism. For many years she had used terrorist methods, and only after the renunciation of them in years 90.tych peace talks were conducted. treat.

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