David at Israellycool:
. . . . "palestinian" nationalism arose out of political considerations, and a desire to rid the region of the Jewish presence in the land. The "palestinians" are not a distinguishable nation of Arabs who lived in the land of Israel for centuries prior to the wave of Jewish immigration that began in the late 19th century, as many claim, but rather Arabs no different that those from surrounding countries, who established an "identity" during the course of the 20th century.I could have written this myself, except for that part at the end that says, "I am pragmatic."
I am not denying that there were Arabs living in the land prior to this wave of Jewish immigration, nor their deserving of rights. And although I believe..- That G-d gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people..I would theoretically be willing to accept the existence of a demilitarized, democratic PLO Arab state if the PLO Arabs forswore all terrorism, and accepted Israel's existence. My opposition to a PLO Arab state stems mostly from the fact that they have waged war on us, and it does not look like abating. If establishing a PLO Arab state was to save lives (rather than endanger them), then I may be in favor of it.
- That the Arabs who encouraged their brethren in Israel to leave after their defeat in the War of Independence are mostly responsible for the "refugee" problem
- That the Arab states could easily have absorbed the PLO Arabs into their countries, rather than encouraging them to remain refugees in order to accomplish the goal of destroying Israel
- That the PLO Arab's use of terrorism and lack of outcry against the murder of innocent Israeli men, women and children should disqualify them from ever having a state
- That Jordan was already established as the PLO Arab state
Having said that, my preferred solution would be for Jordan to be recognized as the PLO Arab state that it is, and for the PLO Arabs to voluntarily go and live there. However, I am pragmatic and realize that this may not happen. (I do not support expulsions, or anything of the kind).