The Palestinian Tragedy Is Self-Perpetuating, Led by Those Unable to Come to Terms with History

(Federalist) David Harsanyi - The tragedy of the Palestinian people is neither the fault of the Jews, nor the British, nor the Holocaust. After World War I, Jewish migration was exceptionally beneficial for the Arabs living in the area. Rarely mentioned in the Israeli-Palestinian debate is that significant Arab migration into a largely empty land was spurred by Jewish economic development. Jews were not displacing Arabs, they were attracting them. Yet, as the British Peel Commission noted in 1936, "the Arabs have benefited by the development of the country owing to Jewish immigration, [but] this has had no conciliatory effect. On the contrary...with almost mathematical precision the betterment of the economic situation in Palestine meant the deterioration of the political situation." Every plan that didn't end in complete subservience of Jews to the Palestinians was rejected with violence. This hasn't changed in 80 years. Most Palestinians consider the entire land "occupied." Peace can be had easily when Palestinian leadership stops embracing the anti-Semitic terrorism that's rationalized and girded by historical fantasies.

2019-05-17 00:00:00

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