Monday, October 18, 2010

What Claims?

I can't quite figure this out:-

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he is willing to renounce all future claims on Israel after a Palestinian state is established, though he stopped short of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.

"Claims"?  What claims?  What future claims?

Didn't the PLO supposedly recognize the "two-state solution"?  If so, what claims could they possibly have?

Ah, the claims that Israel shouldn't exist at all and that, like Hamas, all of the land on which Israel exists is not only "occupied" but that Israel has no right to exist anywhere?

Are those the "claims"?

Is that what the future holds for Arab "peace negotiations"?

Or is he referring to the "right of return"?  Is that a "claim" now, or a "right"?

I am confused.

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Vardit said...

aha! Great minds think alike... here is a copy of my letter I wrote tothe Winnipeg Free Press this morning:

What historic claims? Historically speaking according to the bible, G-d gave the land of Abraham to the Jews. Later, the land was prone to many conquests, one of them was the siege of Jerusalem which took place in the year 637 by the Rashidun Caliphate. It began when the Rashidun army, under the command of Abu Ubaidah besieged Jerusalem in November 636. Six months later, the Patriarch Sophronius agreed to surrender, on condition that he submit only to the Rashidun caliph. In April 637, Caliph Umar travelled to Jerusalem in person to receive the submission of the city.
If I were the Israeli Prime Minister, I would negotiate as follows: The land of Israel was inhabited by the Jews since the beginning of time. Muslims conquered Jerusalem. It was not really Arab Palestinian land to begin with and so we are keeping our land. The irony is that the Palestinians want East Jerusalem because they think it is their land since the Jews conquered East Jerusalem fromthe Arabs in 1967, when in essence, it really was the Jews who were its original inhabitants. The Middle East can be so complicated because we make it complicated. However facts will always remain facts.

NormanF said...

A right can never be relinquished. A claim can be.

Yisrael, I hope that clears it up for you.

Abu Bluff is a Sophist and not a particularly honest one. His verbal trickery would not have impressed Socrates.

Now let's see if the Jews are stupid enough to buy what he's selling - which in my book, is quite frankly errant nonsense!