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The Palestinian Authority was created by the Israeli Labor Party in 1994. The Labor Party believed that, with the breakup of the Soviet Union and America’s ringing defeat of Iraq in the Gulf War, radicalism had essentially become a losing proposition and the Palestinians knew they had no choice but to work out peaceful coexistence with Israel.

Since then the idea of Israeli-Palestinian peace has been an obsessive theme of international politics. For a time it also sharply divided Israel into two camps of believers and nonbelievers; today, after two decades of terrorism and rocket fire, all polls show that the nonbelievers are by far the dominant camp.

For those who bother to inform themselves about the Palestinian Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza—their education, culture, politics, religion—the ongoing insistence of U.S. and European establishments that Israeli-Palestinian peace is the order of the day, with Israel as the party that stymies it, is surreal almost beyond belief.

Palestinian schools, media, and mosques entirely negate Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state, and systematically deny any Jewish connection to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem. They also honor and glorify Palestinian terrorists in every possible way, from stipends and ceremonies for living ones to the naming of streets, public squares, sporting events, and children’s camps after deceased terrorists. Glorification is especially lavished on those who killed large numbers of Israelis in mass attacks.

For about six years, what used to be the unitary Palestinian Authority has been divided into what are essentially two entities—the remaining Palestinian Authority on the West Bank and Hamas-run Gaza. The latter is an Islamist statelet openly sworn to Israel’s destruction; the U.S. and even the European Union officially outlaw Hamas as a terrorist organization.

The Palestinian Authority, however, with its relatively secular Fatah leadership, continues to be regarded as a force for peace.  The problem with that view is that it is an inversion of the truth.

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I am often struck by how much liberals are in love with the concepts of "indigenous" and "colonialism" and how little they actually care about each. In fact their resentments reside in identity, not events.

Judaism and Christianity are indigenous to where Israel and the West Bank now sit. Each has been suppressed and oppressed since the mid-7th century., turned into second class citizens. Islam, brought into the area by colonialism and imperialism, is madly seen to be "indigenous," and somehow itself colonized by the West, though the British Mandate lasted only 30 years.

The Ottoman Empire the mandate replaced was there for 400 years, and various Arabized Islamists there for some 9 centuries before that. Liberals pillory how America was formed. When it comes to Arabs and Islam, it's memory-hole time, and from Spain to India.

For entities seen as imperialist and colonialist, Europe and America aren't doing a very good job of settling and introducing English into the Middle East, the true historic home of much more successful colonialists and imperialists.

I laugh at how that is ignored and the Crusades unjustly put in its place. The Crusades were about as successful as the least successful attempts at Arab colonization, namely Islamic enclaves on the French and Italian coasts in the 9th and 10th century. Compare the Crusades and the British Mandate to Islamic Spain and vanished Persia, among others, and it's a joke. Liberalism is a joke.
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Ho_hum, Mr. Hornick drives fearlessly ever deeper into obviousland.
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Hey, as soon as the Jews are confined within undefendable perimeters, then we'll make peace. Scouts honor.
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Anyone who states Islam can exist with Jews, and/or Israel, are not following Muhammad, and the Koran. Both called for murdering all those who oppose my god of the kabba. In a correct history book my god of the kabba is Sin.

Understanding your enemy is the first step to victory.
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The PA simply hates Jews. The entire Palestinian problem is a scam. There are NO such people as Palestinians! They are, ethnically a combination of Syrians & Arabs. Talking about giving their homeland is FAR more stupid that talking about giving East Prussians & German Siliesians their homeland back. It is a typical snow job by the UN, radical muslims & the msm.
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As I see it, their strongest and only argument is that they (the Arabs) were in the great majority in Palestine at the time of the Balfour Declaration and had been for hundreds of years. For some people this will be decisive.
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I am often struck by how much liberals are in love with the concepts of "indigenous" and "colonialism" and how little they actually care about each. In fact their resentments reside in identity, not events.

Judaism and Christianity are indigenous to where Israel and the West Bank now sit. Each has been suppressed and oppressed since the mid-7th century., turned into second class citizens. Islam, brought into the area by colonialism and imperialism, is madly seen to be "indigenous," and somehow itself colonized by the West, though the British Mandate lasted only 30 years.

The Ottoman Empire the mandate replaced was there for 400 years, and various Arabized Islamists there for some 9 centuries before that. Liberals pillory how America was formed. When it comes to Arabs and Islam, it's memory-hole time, and from Spain to India.

For entities seen as imperialist and colonialist, Europe and America aren't doing a very good job of settling and introducing English into the Middle East, the true historic home of much more successful colonialists and imperialists.

I laugh at how that is ignored and the Crusades unjustly put in its place. The Crusades were about as successful as the least successful attempts at Arab colonization, namely Islamic enclaves on the French and Italian coasts in the 9th and 10th century. Compare the Crusades and the British Mandate to Islamic Spain and vanished Persia, among others, and it's a joke. Liberalism is a joke.
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Given that Kerry and Obama are now forcing Israel to release convicted murderers, horrific monsters, to appease the PA, are Kerry and Obama numbers 2 and 1? Jewish blood is no longer cheap, it is now completely free.

PS - Note that in choosing to portray "Zionists" they tend to show Jews who look more like non-Zionists or anti-Zionists. (The people killed by the Moslems often are, also.) But there is no anti-semitism here folks, move on please.
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This is why I insist that the problem is not Islam. The PA is socialist in origin. It is possible to have Islam withotu terrorism, and it is possible to have terrorism without Islam. Anti-semitism is a very flexible beast.
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"That is why I insist that the problem is not Islam."

The above is why you are a Troll, and practicing the art of lying to the Infidel to further the Islamic agenda. I guess in northern Nigeria the problem is not Islam cutting off Christian heads, but a few rogue elements within the followers of Muhammad. Didn't Muhammad cut off a heads too? Like 800 Jews at once?
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