Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Myth: Israel has Denied the Palestinians Statehood

• In 1937, the Peel Commission concluded that Palestine should be partitioned into separate Jewish and Arab states. The Arabs rejected the plan because they did not want the Jews to have their own state. They also refused to consider any compromises.

• When the U.N. partitioned Palestine, several Arab nations launched an aggressive war against the newborn Jewish state.

• From 1948-67, the West Bank was occupied by Jordan and Gaza was occupied by Egypt. But they never set up a Palestinian state. King Abdullah I of Jordan refused to give the Palestinians independence, but offered them Jordanian citizenship. Gaza was given no real authority by the Egyptian government. In 1959, Egypt's new leader Gamal Abdul Nasser refused to grant Palestinians Egyptian citizenship.

• The 1979 Egypt-Israel peace negotiations offered the Palestinians autonomy.

• The Oslo process that began in 1993 was leading toward the creation of a Palestinian state until the Palestinians violated their commitments. Yasser Arafat called the Oslo-agreement a hudna – a temporary truce. Arafat resurrected Hamas to spearhead the Al-Aqsa Intifada. He was a Puppet Master, fighting Israel safely from backstage; getting others to light the fuse, and then accused them of blocking the road to peace.

• In 2000, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered to create a Palestinian state, but Yasser Arafat rejected the deal. It has been claimed that the deal was unjust and that Arafat was right to turn it down. But he never even offered a counterproposal.

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