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Palestinians already have state, Israel in real danger

By Noach Milgram July 15, 2002, Source: Daily Bruin

You portray the three million Palestinians as underdogs being deprived of their legitimate right to statehood by five million Israelis. However, there are a few things you may not have entered into your equation.

First, Palestinians are supported by over 150 million Arabs who care nothing for them personally but wish to eliminate the Jewish state and have said so all along.

Secondly, the Palestinian Authority has stated in every religious sermon and in every school textbook that Israel has no right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state. When I say they reject Israel in every statement, I mean just what I say, but of course these statements are in Arabic.

Thirdly, Palestinians already have a state, it is called Jordan and it occupies over 70 percent of the original Palestine land freed from Turkish control after World War I. Why should there be two Palestinian states side by side? Keep in mind over 75 percent of Jordanian citizens are Palestinians. If Mexicans crossed the border into Texas to kill Texans because they wished to establish a Mexican State, you would not suggest they first be allowed to establish a state and then boycott both states equally, the United States and the new Mexican state? You would say a Mexican state already exists and Texas belongs to the United States

Lastly, we Jews live in the Middle East, where militant Islam is driving Christian Arabs out of Lebanon and the Copts (six million in number, the oldest Christian sects in the world) out of Egypt. Arafat, when he is not busy inciting his people to kill Israelis, is driving the Christian residents out of Bethlehem. More than half have already left Bethlehem since he came into power. If he isn't stopped, you will find only a few token Christians there the next time you come to celebrate Christmas or Easter in the Holy Land.

I have cited four facts one can ignore or interpret any way they like, but they are facts with which we in Israel are willing to live. It is difficult, however, for us to live with a fifth fact: many well-intentioned Americans condemn Israel because they do not know these facts.

It is even more difficult to live with a sixth fact: 60 years after the deliberate murder of six million Jews in Europe by Germany and its willing accomplices in other European countries, physical attacks upon Jews and wholesale condemnation of Israel throughout Europe have been commonplace. Racist hatred of Jews is alive and well in Europe. That is the saddest fact of all.