Quotes About "Palestine"

Remember: Israel is bad! Its existence keeps reminding Muslims what a bunch of losers they are.
"There will be no peace until they will love their children more than they hate us."

-Golda Meir-
'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel'‎

~Benjamin Netanyahu~
"Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all out war, a war which will last for generations.

~Yasser Arafat~
"The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel."

~ Yasser Arafat ~
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel. For our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of Palestinian people, since Arab national interest demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism".

~ Zahir Muhse'in ~

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Jew-Free Palestine

BIbi should open talks by bringing up Arab demand to expel all West Bank Jews.
By: Eliyakim Haetzni

As Netanyahu embarks on his trip to Washington, we would do well to remember that his hold on power is premised on his followers’ assumption (may he forgive me) that he’s lying. They do not believe him when he says that he truly endorses the establishment of a Palestinian state and are convinced that he’s just pretending.

The prime minister indeed boasts to the Americans that he is the only one who can elicit the nation’s support for the “two-state solution” (Sharon boasted similarly before him); However, Netanyahu is not telling them (and possibly not telling himself either) that this achievement is premised on his followers’ conviction that he’s lying to the whole world, and that only they know the truth.

Netanyahu still faces the sobering up test, if and when the “National Camp” discovers that it fell victim to self-deception and that when Netanyahu “spoke Palestinian” he in fact did utter the truth and meant every word. Such cruel wake-up call prompted a rebellion against Sharon among Likud ranks and led to a party split. According to the last Likud members’ survey, the situation today is no different.

The litmus test here is the construction freeze. Should Netanyahu extend it, even if “only” in “isolated” communities (there are no less than 100 of those!), everyone would understand that he is suffocating the settlement enterprise and nobody would be able to provide another explanation. Netanyahu will then be welcomed into the group that includes Peres, Barak, and Tzipi Livni too. The political earthquake that shall follow would go beyond the Richter Scale.

And here’s another pre-talks thought: The negotiations may be thwarted at its outset not by the settlements, but rather, by the linkage between a Palestinian state and the expulsion of Jews. The commonly accepted axiom is that a Palestinian state will necessarily entail “clearing” the area of Jews, along with the outrageous assumption that this ethnic cleansing must be undertaken by Jewish police officers.

What about Arab villages?
Meanwhile, Arab villages continue to exist in the area between the “Ariel Bloc” and the Green Line. Does anyone even think of uprooting them? It’s clear to all that any “solution” would have to take their existence into account, and any construction within them therefore lacks any political significance.

Yet should Netanyahu declare that the status of Jewish communities is no different, and that the Palestinian state would have to reconcile itself to its Jews just like Israel reconciled itself to its Arabs, Jewish construction will no longer be a political news item.

Netanyahu must also ask his interlocutors the following questions: Did the agreement signed in Ireland call for the expulsion of Protestants or Catholics? Were the Germans or French expelled from Alsace-Lorraine? And did NATO allow the Serbs to expel Muslims from Kosovo? America and Europe wouldn’t be sending their armies in order to forcefully uproot Jews from the settlements; where did Israel commit to perform such act of hara-kiri?

During the negotiations, everything will be “on the table,” including the arrangements governing the lives of Jews who wish to live in a Palestinian State, while Arabs live in the Jewish State. Had Netanyahu opened the talks this way, and the Arabs would have insisted to “clear” the area of any Jews, this rather than the freeze would have turned into the major question here – and on this front we hold all the cards.

After all, such Arab demand gives off a stench of Nazi racism. So why does Israel foolishly renounce such card to begin with?

And a footnote: The above refers to Netanyahu’s two-state vision. This writer views any kind of Palestinian state to be established in the western Land of Israel as an existential threat for Israel.

Ynet News

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More Quotes About "Palestine"

"There is no such country as Palestine. 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it".

- Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 -

"There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not".

- Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946 -

"It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria".

- Representant of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956 -

Concerning the Holy Land, the chairman of the Syrian Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in February 1919 stated:
"The only Arab domination since the Conquest in 635 c.e. hardly lasted, as such, 22 years".

"There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel, Galilea); not for thirty miles in either direction... One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee... Nazareth is forlorn... Jericho lies a mouldering ruin... Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation... untenanted by any living creature... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent, mournful expanse... a desolation... We never saw a human being on the whole route... Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had almost deserted the country... Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes... desolate and unlovely...".

- Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad", 1867 -

"In 1590 a 'simple English visitor' to Jerusalem wrote: 'Nothing there is to bescene but a little of the old walls, which is yet remayning and all the rest is grasse, mosse and weedes much like to a piece of rank or moist grounde'.".

- Gunner Edward Webbe, Palestine Exploration Fund,
Quarterly Statement, p. 86; de Haas, History, p. 338 -

"The land in Palestine is lacking in people to till its fertile soil".

- British archaeologist Thomas Shaw, mid-1700s -

"Palestine is a ruined and desolate land".

- Count Constantine Fran├žois Volney, XVIII century French author and historian -

"The Arabs themselves cannot be considered but temporary residents. They pitched their tents in its grazing fields or built their places of refuge in its ruined cities. They created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to the land, they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind them any sign of their passage through it".

- Comments by Christians concerning the Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s -

"Then we entered the hill district, and our path lay through the clattering bed of an ancient stream, whose brawling waters have rolled away into the past, along with the fierce and turbulent race who once inhabited these savage hills. There may have been cultivation here two thousand years ago. The mountains, or huge stony mounds environing this rough path, have level ridges all the way up to their summits; on these parallel ledges there is still some verdure and soil: when water flowed here, and the country was thronged with that extraordinary population, which, according to the Sacred Histories, was crowded into the region, these mountain steps may have been gardens and vineyards, such as we see now thriving along the hills of the Rhine. Now the district is quite deserted, and you ride among what seem to be so many petrified waterfalls. We saw no animals moving among the stony brakes; scarcely even a dozen little birds in the whole course of the ride".

- William Thackeray in "From Jaffa To Jerusalem", 1844 -

"The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is of a body of population".

- James Finn, British Consul in 1857 -

"The area was underpopulated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880's, who came to rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained "The Holy Land" in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish people. Jewish development of the country also attracted large numbers of other immigrants - both Jewish and Arab. The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and carts... Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen... The plows used were of wood... The yields were very poor... The sanitary conditions in the village [Yabna] were horrible... Schools did not exist... The rate of infant mortality was very high... The western part, toward the sea, was almost a desert... The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants".

- The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913 -

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