Palestinians, for the last 40 or so years, have been claiming that they’ve existed since time immemorial. However, Joseph Farah, one of the first Christian Arabs to come out in strong defense of Israel, wrote in 2002 that “Palestinian people do not exist“, and he, of course, is right!
Instead of compiling opinions of this matter from world leaders and the press, Farah goes straight to the source – the PLO/Palestinian Authority. Here are some beautiful quotes that he compiles:
Zahir Muhsein, Palestinian Liberation Organization executive committee member, 1977: ‘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 a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.’
Yassir Arafat, Palestinian Liberation Organization leader, 1993: ‘Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel.’ This quote, by the way, confirms a recent post we wrote about the Palestinian’s Phased Plan of 1974.
It is interesting to read this article from 8 years ago – the issues have not changed at all. There is still an intransigent Palestinian Authority that resists peace at every move, a press that despises the state of Israel and the Israelis still standing tall and proud as the only (militarily unenforced) democracy in the Middle East.