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Look, we're not going discuss the whole flotilla issue in depth now, but she said herself that she was below deck and didn't see anything, and she said she had only heard live fire. how does she know that it's live fire, and not something else? They were sitting down there making guesses... Also how does she know when it was that the commandos landed?
But # that... This is ancient history, and, again, is irrelevant.
The point is- 1917 is not 2010. Times were different, the world was different, and it was perfectly legitimate for anyone to ask for a land of their own. Nobody asked to deport the Arabs. Nobody asked for ethnic cleansing. It was a simple promise- The Jews will have a nation in Palestine.
But there's more to it than that. Imagine let's say that the vikings who lived in Denmark or whatever were one day forced to depart Denmark, and were spread all over the world. They managed to retain their viking heritage over the years, and could not find a place of their own. Would you not let them go back to Denmark? Especially if most of Denmark wasn't populated?
How would the Israelis react? Perhaps the same way they reacted to the thousands of Darfurian refugees that are picked up by Israel and given a chance at new life.. Do you know what they do to them on the Egyptian side of the border? They shoot them down. I've seen it happen.
We need to get out of the west bank, and we need to find someone to talk to in Gaza..
The Helen Thomas thing.. Are you seriously for Helen Thomas? She used to be one of those truth to power kind of people, now she's just talking out of her ass.. "They should go back to Poland"? What the # is that? Is that truth to power? Is that something we should expect from the most senior white house reporter? That's something I would expect to hear on the street market, not out of the mouth of anyone educated.
Palestinian Arabs are descendants of the vast Arab/Islamic empire that from the seventh century, had dominated Palestine with the rise of Arabic language and Arab/Islamic culture.--While the majority of Palestinians were peasants, Palestinian cities, especially Jerusalem, were hubs of Arab civilization, where scholars, poets and scientists congregated and where, enriched by a constant influx of traders, they forged the city's identity as an important national center.--Islam's religious and moral teachings remained the dominant social forces, but small indigenous Jewish communities remained. They were the remnants of Palestine's ancient Jewish kingdom that was conquered by Rome in 70 AD, its people largely scattered.