Op-Ed: Arabs Do Not Recognize the PA as a Nation
Tzvi Ben GedalyahuThe author is a former reporter and senior copy editor for American and...
Arabs living in the Palestinian Authority do not recognize themselves as a people seeking a nation.
Nor does the Arab world, which in general, also does not view the Palestinian Authority as a nation.
Nationhood requires a common need to exist, usually based on culture or a land mass. The only nation in the world based on religion as well as land, is Israel.
The common thread uniting Palestinian Authority Arabs is the wish to destroy the State of Israel, but even that is not shared by Arabs outside circles of terrorists, academics and politicians.
Land and a sense of a common particular background certainly do not unite Palestinian Authority Arabs.
That is why the idea of “land swaps” – swapping Israel Arab population centers for Jewish population centers in Judea and Samaria – is one of the most egregious ideas since Barack Obama decided to run for president.
Has the man and his “advisers” ever asked an Israeli Arab if “Palestinian nationality” excites him so much that he would give up Israel’s democracy and social services in favor of being subject to the Palestinian Authority, where bribery is the law, corruption is institutionalized and democracy was a one-night stand that catapulted Hamas into control of the legislature?
Have Israel’s and the Diaspora’s “I love Israel” anti-Zionists ever asked Arabs living in “occupied” Jerusalem if they really want to give up their privileges in Israel for the thrill of being in a “Palestinian state” whose own position document insists it will promote “a national unity” – without even one word on what unifies Arabs beyond endless lies, such as “Jerusalem is our people’s religious, cultural, economic and political center,” a statement which should offend every Allah-fearing Muslim when facing Mecca?
Where is the expression for a “Palestinian nation” beyond appeals by Arab political leaders and beyond the primitive shouts of terrorist organizations, including the “military wing” of the Fatah faction headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas?
Arab intellectuals and academis rant for nationhood, but where are the “people” when protest rallies are called?
The weekly demonstrations against the “Apartheid fence” draw more Israeli leftists and foreign anarchists than Arabs, outside of those paid by European and left-wing funds to join rallies.
Palestinian Authority Arabs have more political independence under Israeli sovereignty than Egyptians did under Mubarak and still do not have under the rule of the military regime that followed his ousting.
Most Arabs in the Palestinian Authority do not march for independence and couldn’t care less.
They remember how they stagnated under Jordanian rule from 1949 until 1967 and how their economy grew under Israeli sovereignty and how it suffered when Yasser Arafat’s gang surfaced.
They did not even think of desiring a nation then – until Egyptian-born Yasser Arafat appeared on the scene to spread a culture of terrorism, which, believe it or not, is shared by a minority of Arabs.
Palestinian Authority leaders have been trying to manufacture lies to invent a new ancient culture by copy-catting the People of Israel’s achievement of once again becoming a State after 2,000 years.
The Binding of Isaac now is the Binding of Ishmael. Rachel’s Tomb now is a "Muslim holy site" for centuries before Islam was founded, a rather neat trick.
And, of course, the First and Second Holy Temple never existed. And don’t forget that Jesus was a Palestinian.
Let’s all forget that the term “Palestinian people” did not exist until after the re-establishment of the State of Israel.
And let’s even forget that most “Palestinians” live in Jordan.
The Arab world has gone through all the motions to establish the Palestinian Authority as a new Arab country. It has a constitution; it has institutions; it has a flag. All of these give it a body.
It has no soul.