Monday, May 23, 2011

Israel Has No Partner For Peace

As I've said to people countless times, the Palestinians are not just upset about the West Bank and Gaza, but about the very existence of Israel.  This is why, Israel giving away the land it took in the Six Day War, will not lead to peace.  Proof of this comes from today's statement by Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar who said:

Why won't we talk about the 1948 borders? Why won't we discuss the partition plan which was internationally recognized?..  {Obama} wants to keep us on 22% of the area of Palestine, and talks about the possibility of swapping land, including Jerusalem...and he wants us to give Jerusalem to the occupation in return for 5% of historic Palestine, which is originally our land. This is a great trick.

Personally, I love how he refers to "historic Palestine".  When exactly was there an Arab Palestine?  What history is he talking about?  If he wants to have a battle over history, he picked the wrong people to mess with given that at one point under King David, Israel stretched all the way to the Euphrates.  Also, some argue that Jordan was also part of historic Palestine and it was only split off to reward the Hashemite family, so technically, under that view, they are already in control of the majority of the area of "historic Palestine".

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