After the Six-Day War, like it or not, the Arabs prospered with unprecedented growth, tourism and assistance from Israel – until the Intifada threw them back into the Middle Ages.
Yes, they did not and still do not have statehood. They never have. And it is questionable if they ever will. There is no “Palestinian” people, no matter how much Arab leaders try to invent the term. Remember, the first “Palestinian“ leader was Yasser Arafat. Birthplace: Egypt.
Ask any Arab, even those without Israeli citizenship but who enjoy rights by living in “Occupied” Jerusalem, if he wants to give up his benefits under Israel and become a Palestinian Authority state citizen. The New York Times and Open Zion will not ask because the answer is “No, thanks.” They don’t love Israel, but ask them over pita and hummus, and they will say they don’t want any parts of the Palestinian Authority warlords.
As for the claim that “no one” questions that Judea and Samaria are disputed, that is garbage. No less than former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy and two other legal experts issued their Levy Commission report last year. It contradicted the Big Lie of decades that Israel is illegally “occupying” the land.
That view can be questioned, but it is part of the Big Lie to claim that it is wrong for anyone, including Weiner, to claim that Israel is not occupying the land.
As for the definition of “West Bank,” Open Zion should take a look at official Palestinian Authority maps, which show “Palestine” as covering the entire “West Bank” – from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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