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Consider this: a recent survey by American pollster Stanley Greenberg of 1,010 Palestinian adults in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip found that 72% of Palestinians support overtly denying the historical presence of Jews in Jerusalem, which includes the Jewish people’s biblical connection to their eternal capital. In other words, nearly three quarters of Palestinians would conscientiously alter history to satisfy their personal whims and ambitions. More importantly is how this revisionism manifests in a manner that stifles Israeli-Palestinian negotiations: the poll found that a full 92% of Palestinians believe that Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine only, whereas a mere 3% said that Jerusalem should be the capital of both Israel and Palestine.
It is not surprising that a people willing to throw 4000 thousand years of Jewish history out the window would also reject sharing Jerusalem with the Jewish state. By extension, there can be no negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so long as the Palestinians virtually unanimously hold this position.
This is what happens when people ignore “inconvenient” truths, the flip-side of which contributes to the ongoing propaganda war being waged by the Palestinians against the Jewish state of Israel. There cannot be peace when the majority of Palestinians believe, or are willing to blindly accept and promulgate the notion that Jewish history is a “Zionist” fabrication.
This delusion is reinforced every time that a “chief” Palestinian figure, not unlike Saeb Erakat, makes egregious allegations.
And the fact the West accepts such folly is a reflection of the intellectual degeneration taking place herein, best evidenced by the accelerating transformation of Western universities from protectors of truth and disseminators of knowledge into bastions of ignorance and hate. Playing to this reality, and expecting the West to tow the Palestinian line, Erakat called “on the international community to demand an official explanation from the Government of Israel regarding th[e] video.”
Unfortunately for Erakat, unlike nearly every other legitimate action taken by Israel to defend itself, this film will not draw the ire of the world. For requiring Israel to further explain itself would paint the truth in brighter colors, plain for the world see, thereby more overtly exposing what many of us already know: Palestinian nationalism is founded upon lies, a reality that, in truth, negates the entire Palestinian movement, thus the Palestinian right to self-determination.
As stated by Mr. Ayalon, “There is no magic solution to the situation.… But the only way a solution will ever be reached is if we base our negotiations [with the Palestinians] on legal and historical facts.”
This will never happen, as using this premise would effectively reduce every Palestinian “right” to rubble.
At which point, the peace process would be over.
Charles Bybelezer is publications chairman for the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research. He can be reached at [email protected].
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