Nothing could be further from the truth.
Two peoples – the Jews and the Arabs – already have their own independent States in former Palestine - named Israel and Jordan.
Despite the burden of regional issues, there are things that cannot be weighed with gold and humanitarian aid, or solutions that try to cut from a more than 100-year-old historical conflict.
This is the first time the PLO has ever acknowledged that the Jewish-Arab conflict originated in the events following the Balfour Declaration in 1917 – not the events following the 1948 Arab-Israel War.
UN Secretary-General Guterres helped perpetuate this falsehood when recently referring to the "Israeli/Palestinian conflict".
There were no "Israelis" or "Palestinians" 95 years ago when the preamble to the Mandate for Palestine declared:
Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine , or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country...
British reversal of this policy in 1922 saw Transjordan – today called Jordan – totally closed to Jewish settlement to prevent the reconstitution of the Jewish National Home there. The 1937 Peel Commission counted for nothing.
Forty crucial years in Palestine's history until 1948 were shredded by the PLO and materially altered by the UN Study in propagating the "Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People".
Rudeineh's statements mark a welcome return to reality.
Getting other Arab interlocutors to replace the PLO in negotiations with Israel remains Trump's crucial starting point to ending the Arab-Jewish conflict.
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