The Road to Pieces

Failure to understand the driving forces in the Middle East violence will lead to disaster.

Henry Siegman, in an article, titled: “The Great Middle East Peace Process Scam,” (London Review of Books, August 16, 2007), describes how Israel, which has the power to enable the creation of a viable Palestinian state, has consistently prevented its occurrence and used ‘stalled’ peace processes to increase its expansion. Add to Siegman’s revelations the not well publicized facts that, since 1948, all Israeli governments have promoted polices of gaining more territory, subduing antagonists and suppressing

Palestinian aspirations. Michael Bar-Zohar, in his biography of Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (Ben-Gurion: A Biography, Adama Books, 1986), claims that before the start of the 1956 Sinai war, Ben Gurion solicited French and British approval for Israel to incorporate all of the Sinai, the straits of Tiran and Lebanon to the Litani river into little

Israel’s territory. It’s no coincidence that Arab/Israel wars enabled Israel to fulfill all of these objectives. However, earlier United States administrations and later Hezbollah tactics forced the nullification of the conquests. With a policy of expansion, will any Israeli leader want to be perceived by history as interrupting Israel’s self-chosen destiny?

Leaders might pay lip service to an independent Palestinian state but will they allow a viable Palestinian state they fear will harbor militants or will grow sufficiently strong to challenge Israel’s expansion plans? The past history and present declarations of Israel’s leaders indicate that, despite the olive branch rhetoric, the only peace that Israeli leaders will embrace is one that trades desolate Israeli territory for legal incorporation of the West Bank settlements into Israel, legalizes all Israel’s gains and opens a dialogue for the transfer of Israeli Palestinians into either a non-viable Palestinian state or a home in Jordan. They impolitely ignore the fate of the Palestinian refugees. Doubts that Israel will allow a viable Palestinian state guide the behavior of many Palestinian leaders. They perceive grave injustices have been committed against them and don’t expect those, who, in their perspective, have committed and continue to commit the injustices, will subscribe to admitting the crimes and compensate the victims. Israel might offer some compromises in the present, but these compromises can be compromised in the future; Israel could attack Palestinian life, which will provoke Palestinians to retaliate. Israel’s propaganda machine will then accuse the Palestinians of perfidy and find excuses to disregard agreements. These Palestinian leaders suspect that Israel will eventually want all of the West Bank and its aquifers. They consider they have no choice but to battle until events force Israel into inviolable compromises.

So, where does this recalcitrance from both antagonists leave the international community in its pursuit of a peaceful settlement of an endless conflict? It reinforces the necessity for the ‘makers’ and ‘shakers’ to approach the dispute in a logical manner; to determine the real causes of the conflict, what is and who are perpetuating the conflict, and what are the consequences of a non-solution?

The Palestinians have had their lands appropriated from them, have been turned into a substantial refugee population and are suffering deprivations. The West Bank remains occupied despite several UN resolutions contradicting the occupation. Israelis are not having their lands appropriated or their lives severely disrupted by Palestinians. Israelis are living comfortably on land that belonged to their adversaries. Aren’t the injustices against the Palestinians the real cause of the conflict and don’t these injustices demand a just solution? The erratic terrorist actions against Israel, including relatively ineffective rocket shelling of Israeli border towns, seem to be the result of punishing actions against the Palestinians and are minimal in intensity when compared to the almost daily killings and mayhem committed against the Palestinian community. Two of almost daily reports, which point to a slow genocide of the Palestinian people, demonstrate who is perpetrating the violence that the world carelessly ignores.

Haaretz, August 15, 2007, IDF kills 6 in Gaza, including at least 4 militants.
At least six Palestinians, including three Hamas militants and the 70-year-old mother of one of them, were killed and at least 20 were hurt in an IDF operation in the Khan Yunis area of central Gaza yesterday, Palestinian sources said.

Haaretz, 19:02 25/08/2007, IDF kills Israeli boy in West Bank raid,
An 11-year-old Israeli boy from Rahat who was visiting his mother’s family near Tul Karm was killed Friday during a Border Police arrest raid. A wanted Islamic Jihad militant was killed in the same arrest raid in Kafr Saida, northeast of Tul Karm, and a second was seriously wounded.

Fantasies, fictions and irrelevant propositions peppered with emotional concepts of Jews returning to their homeland, Israel born from the Holocaust, and Israel the Jewish nation have deterred rational thinking on the conflict. A worldwide army of Israel supporters circulate reports that counter charges against Israel and provide a verbal smokescreen for Israel’s aggressive actions. Public relations for the Israeli state is a worldwide industry, generating repetitive slogans such as: “special relationship, “only democracy in the Middle East,” and “America’s best and true friend.”

Let’s examine the record: Israeli archaeologists at Tel Aviv university, as well as other archaeologists and historians, have refuted biblical stories of the kingdoms of David and Solomon. The scarcity of pottery shards and artifacts from the tenth century before the Common Era demonstrate the area was sparsely inhabited during the periods of the supposed monarchies. No chronicles from the tenth century mention the Israel monarchs. No recorded pre-Bible history confirms the David or Solomon Biblical narratives. There is nil publicity to the magnificent exploits of the great and relevant Persian kings, Cyrus and Darius, but a plethora of publicity given to the irrelevant and mythical kings, David and Solomon.

Although enormous evidence of Canaanite, Crusader, Greek, Roman and Arab cities and monuments in the Levant have been uncovered, verifiable evidence of extensive Biblical Israel constructions, administration and monuments in the Middle East, even in Jerusalem, are lacking. History does not describe a Biblical Israel civilization of art, literature (other than the Bible), engineering, agriculture, military, commerce, construction, transportation or architecture. History reports a Middle Eastern area that contained a significant number of Hebrews, mixed with other ethnicities, but not with a population greater than other Jewish concentrations throughout the Greek and Roman empires

There might have been a great Temple, as noted by historian Flavius Josephus, but no stone of that Temple has been uncovered in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount/Al-Haram al-Sharif. The Western Wall, often mistakenly called the ‘wailing wall,’ which is a nineteenth century term and is not used in Israel today, is considered to be a bearing wall for Herod’s platform and not a wall of the Temple. According to historian Karen Armstrong, Jews did not pray at the Western Wall until the Mamluks in the 15th century allowed them to move their congregations from a dangerous Mount of Olives and pray daily at the Wall. At that time she estimates that there may have been no more than 70 Jewish families in Jerusalem. These historical pronouncements create doubts of the Western Wall being the most revered monument in Jewish life and instead shifts it to the category of revered by default — there is no other in Jerusalem — and ignores many others disbursed throughout the Jewish world. Although historians have attributed David’s Tower and Solomon’s Pools to Greek and Roman times, the designations lead persons to believe these constructions are related to the Biblical Israeli monarchs.

Archaeology and history deny the proposition that people today, who are indirectly related to people who wandered a land three thousand years ago, are owed the land. How can unproven religious myths replace legal rights; who actually owns the land, who inhabited the land for past generations, who succored the land during modern history? These persons were Palestinians and certainly not refugees from the Holocaust.

Does the creation of Israel have any direct relation with the Holocaust? After all, the thrust to create a state occurred decades before the WWII Holocaust. In 1951, the number of Israelis who could be directly identified with the Holocaust was not a major portion of the Israel population. It has not been publicized that many of these persons used Israel as a temporary station and eventually left for the United States and other countries. After 1950, Israel’s population growth came primarily from North African, Ethiopian, Yemen, Middle Eastern and Russian (Jews and non-Jews) immigration.

In the Israel of today the balance of power has shifted from the visionary immigrants to the pragmatic immigrants. The most significant voices are the highly educated and professional Russians, who realized economic opportunities they never envisioned and are reluctant to relinquish any of their gains. A continually increasing group of Messianic Jews maintain literal interpretations of the Bible and desire all of the Palestinian land.

Their children are guided by an Israeli education system that internalizes the concepts that God awarded them the land and the United Nations ratified the award. The United States role in the continuing violence is confusing. The United States supports Israel almost unconditionally and without gaining any apparent social or economic advantage. Political cowardice, in which some elected officials refrain from antagonizing the Religious Right supporters of Israel and barter for pro-Israel campaign funds and pro-Israel media support, drives U.S. policy towards Israel. No matter the injustice, no matter the deaths, no matter the violence, no matter the resulting terrorism, U.S. officials place enhancement of their election chances before all.

The troubling fiction that has characterized the Israeli/Palestinian struggle has also characterized all of the negotiations. And that will probably not change — expect calculated ambiguity. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ present proposals and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s responses to them have been unofficially reported by correspondent Shimon Schiffer in the August 16 issue of the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and by Akiva Eldar in the August 22 Haaretz journal.

Mahmoud Abbas wants Israel to return to the 1967 borders. This will allow a Palestinian state to be established in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Olmert proposes an Israeli withdrawal from what he defines as “more than 90 percent of the West Bank,” but maintains the settlement blocs under Israeli sovereignty. Israel will give the Palestinians territory in the Negev, adjacent to the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Abbas wants Israel to recognize the right of the refugees to return to their homes, in accord with the resolution of the Security Council. Implementation of the right of return will be by agreement between the sides. Olmert offers the Palestinian refugees a return only to the territory of the Palestinian state that will be established in the future, and not within the borders of the State of Israel. Mahmoud Abbas wants a safe passage, entirely under Palestinian control, between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Olmert has the West Bank joined to the Gaza Strip by bridges or tunnels. The ground will remain in Israeli sovereignty. Mahmoud Abbas wants East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.

The Temple Mount/Al-Haram al-Sharif will be under full Palestinian control. Olmert concedes neighborhoods on the edge of East Jerusalem to Palestinian sovereignty. He recommends joint control of the Temple Mount/Al-Haram al-Sharif with international participation.

Can the aggrieved Palestinians ask for less? Don’t justice and reason support their negotiated positions? Will the prosperous Israelis, who are satisfied with the status quo and have the power to acquire more, be willing to concede anything? If the Israel military can kill Palestinians with impunity and without protest, why would its government take any negotiations seriously? Negotiations will continue endlessly until the world’s peoples recognize the cataclysm that awaits them and take action.

We have already witnessed severe destruction in several Middle East wars and the consequences to the Israeli, Palestinian, Lebanese and other Middle East peoples. The violence has reinforced world terrorism. Now, we have the destruction of Iraq, a nation that was no proven threat to the United States, but was considered to be Israel’s most serious antagonist. U.S. government neoconservatives, many of whom have shown excessive loyalty to Israel, were instrumental in promoting the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In effect, the U.S. fought, and is still fighting, Israel’s battle.

Extrapolating from these atrocities, what is a predictable scenario in the near future? We have, as one outcome of the Iraq occupation, the accusations that Iran and Syria, two other serious antagonists to Israel, are threats to world peace — similar to Hussein’s Iraq — and both of them, without any firm evidence and much evidence to the contrary, are accused of busily assisting Iraqi insurgents. Iran, the latest number one antagonist, is viewed as the next nation to be liberated and decimated. With that done, what will be the fate of those allied with Hezbollah and Hamas? Annihilation? Will the battles end then? There will still be Syria, Sudan and other nations viewed as too antagonist to Israel. Millions killed, horrific terrorism, economic catastrophes, tens of millions of refugees and possible uncontrollable worldwide epidemics. And for each death, new grievances, new converts to battle, and new antagonists to one another. Present day Iraq is witness to that story. If the battle does not end soon, it will be a battle for eternity.

In a November 2003 European Union poll, 59 percent of Europeans selected Israel as the greatest threat to world peace, in the top position, ahead of Iran and North Korea. So, what’s the problem? Can’t the United Nations force Israel to recognize the rights of the Palestinians and satisfy Mahmoud Abbas’ negotiation proposals? Apparently not, because there is another problem: the forces which manipulate the information concerning the situation, guide the discussions of the situation, control the decisions to ameliorate the situation and have the military muscle to counter any attack on their roles in the situation are the forces that prevent a logical approach or a just solution to the conflict. A logical approach and just solution to a deadly conflict don’t favor the policies of Israel and the United States. Their road to peace leads to a world shattered into pieces.

Dan Lieberman publishes commentaries on foreign policy, economics, and politics at  He is author of the non-fiction books A Third Party Can Succeed in America, Not until They Were Gone, Think Tanks of DC, The Artistry of a Dog, and a novel: The Victory (under a pen name, David L. McWellan). Read other articles by Dan.

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  1. jaime said on September 29th, 2007 at 3:36pm #

    Israel and the Abbas regime are closer to a deal than they’ve ever been. The big problem is The Hamas regime and their Gaza theocracy.
    The conundrum is that Abbas and Fatah don’t want to make a deal that just includes the West Bank alone; which for the moment is possibly the most imminent thing if Hamas will not drop their weapons and join the Abbas Regime in an accord if not a coalition. Other wise Gaza will continue to fester in backwardness, violence and hand-outs, shunned by the rest of the Arab and non-Arab world.

  2. Max Shields said on September 29th, 2007 at 6:45pm #

    The Israel theocracy is the big problem today.


    Until then there will be no peace – and short of total destruction military power is impotence – just ask the US military.

  3. hp said on September 29th, 2007 at 7:55pm #

    The Zionist pseudo-Semites, with their illusions of choseness cannot comprehend the word no. In any way shape or form.
    Jaime and his inability to ever admit the phony baloney democracy is or ever could be capable of wrong doing, is the epitome of racist religious psychopathic behavior. A pariah by any other name, as evidenced by Israel’s dishonor of being the most despised nation, country, crime syndicate, whatever, on earth.

  4. hp said on September 29th, 2007 at 8:08pm #

    I must commend the author of this article on his honesty and apparent ability to feel with his heart for people, all people. This is a very courageous act which no doubt will result in repercussions.
    To question the propaganda and downright misrepresentation of archeology and relics from the “Holy land” as proof to bolster make believe history, is also “asking for it.” Not to mention the truth about the so-called “right of return” for people who qualify for this only in their dreams.
    Truly a brave man is Mr. Lieberman.

  5. jaime said on September 30th, 2007 at 2:48pm #

    Spot the errors?

    OK Here’s hp’s carefully thought out post with an eye to “the struggle for peace and
    social justice.

    “The Zionist pseudo-Semites, with their illusions of choseness cannot comprehend the word no. In any way shape or form.
    Jaime and his inability to ever admit the phony baloney democracy is or ever could be capable of wrong doing, is the epitome of racist religious psychopathic behavior. A pariah by any other name, as evidenced by Israel’s dishonor of being the most despised nation, country, crime syndicate, whatever, on earth.”

    1) Define Pseudo- Semites. What distinguishes a pseudo semite from a presumably real semite?

    2) What is an illusion of chosenness?

    3) Describe in detail examples of presumably Israeli/Jewish racist religious psychopathic behavior.

    4) List evidence of Israel as a “crime syndicate.”

    5) Why is Israel a pariah state to you?

    6) If Israel has no right to exist then what would you do about the 7 million people living there?

    7) Simultaneously with the UN declaring Israel a state in 1948 900,000 Jews in North Africa and Arab countries suddenly became stateless and were exiled without any of their possessions or holdings. What would you do with these 900,000 people?

  6. hp said on September 30th, 2007 at 5:02pm #

    1) A pseudo-semite is a person who uses the general publics ignorance of the truth to assume the role of a semitic person even though they do not have a drop of semitic blood in their body. They then use the anti-semite slogan like a pistol to silence any criticism of Israel, Jews or themselves. Examples are Alan Dershowitz, Abe Foxman, Steven Speilberg, Netanyahu, Olmert, Golda Meyer, Ben Gurion. I could go on and on.
    The fact that the vast majority of Israelis are not semites is not hate Jaime, it’s just a simple fact.
    How then does one have a “right of return” to a place neither they nor any of their ancestors ever set foot?

    2) Well, Duh. All of us non-Jews are acutely aware of our “lesser children of God” status, according to the OT. A five year old could figure this out. Just tell him the other five year old is God’s favorite and see what happens. Once again, you snot, Duh.

    3) See #1 above, see #2 above, see # 4 below, see #5 below.

    4) A country which recognizes no laws except those which it wishes to recognize, has no accountability to the UN as per 60+ ignored resolutions, has no extradition treaties, spies on the USA and sells information to our enemies, practices apartheid, assaults its neighbors anytime it perceives a threat real or not, is a criminal entity.

    5) See #1, 2, 3, 4, and I plead guilty of agreeing with every poll I’ve ever seen, all naming Israel as the #1 greatest threat to peace in this world.
    Face it Jaime, until they free themselves of the Zionist cretins who control their government, no one likes them, respects them, wants them. Hey, it’s a tough world. Especially when you are seen as a source of trouble, lies and misery. That’s the word on the street..

    6) Despite your typically deceitful tactic of adding something completely irrellevent as this, something I never said, I’ll answer anyway, you conniving snot..
    I’d do exactly what Ron Paul would do.

    7) They aren’t the only ones. What happens to everyone else in this case?
    Again, I’d do what Ron Paul would do.

  7. hp said on September 30th, 2007 at 5:13pm #

    And please Jaime, don’t answer with a well the USA does the same thing,
    everybody else does it or the same old crap of self defense.
    When you’re armed to the gills with nukes and every other death machine there is, that just doesn’t wash. Israel can have peace any time it wants and we all know this.
    That insidious wall, snaking around like the lie it is, that concentration camp of Gaza and the despicable murder of children and peaceful people like Rachael Corrie, an American citizen, are not things you or Israel can talk away, buy off or threaten into silence. Bottom line is a majority of the nations of this world are disgusted with and despise the phony baloney democracy called Israel.

  8. jaime said on September 30th, 2007 at 7:26pm #

    So what would Ron Paul do, my evasive and hateful keyboard commando friend?

  9. jaime said on September 30th, 2007 at 7:34pm #

    Here’s more…. hp wrote:
    “A pseudo-semite is a person who uses the general publics ignorance of the truth to assume the role of a semitic person even though they do not have a drop of semitic blood in their body.”

    So who are you to decide who has what kind of blood in their body. Do you want to perform some kind of test on the 7 million people in Irael?

    In the name of peace and social justice.

  10. jaime said on September 30th, 2007 at 8:52pm #

    Found it!
    Everything I needed to know about Ron Paul.

    Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinech were the only members of congress to vote against a call to charge Ahmadinajad with violating the 1948 Genocide Convention.

  11. hp said on October 2nd, 2007 at 1:03pm #

    Well I guess I should add that to the list of reasons why I would most definitely vote for Mr. Paul and Mr. Kucinich. Duh.
    Since Congress has a 19% approval rating I guess I and 80% of Americans, along with Paul and Kucinich would be in tune, now wouldn’t we?
    Of course, that’s excluding the suspect dual Israeli-American citizens who I don’t trust at all and neither would at least 80% of REAL Americans if they knew the facts. If they knew how many of these slimy dual citizen Zionist Israeli firsters are infiltrated into our government, especially the foreign policy personnel.
    Now these cretins want to pull off the same sick and murderous treachery to lead us into an assault on Iran, a country that is no threat to the USA at all. A threat to Israel? Well let them work it out. Who isn’t a threat to Israel, in their minds? All any country has to do is disagree or say no.
    Jaime, to Hell with Israel. It’s still a semi-free country and I’ll say it again. To Hell with Israel. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

  12. jaime said on October 2nd, 2007 at 2:25pm #

    We still want to hear how you can tell the semites from the non-semites. And what you would do after having done so.

  13. jaime said on October 2nd, 2007 at 7:23pm #

    Looks like hp ran away.
    Good thing to do too. Because his bigoted assertion has no base in reality. It’s a racist fantasy that serves no good purpose.

  14. hp said on October 2nd, 2007 at 7:33pm #

    Who is we Jaime?
    It’s easy to tell. Place of birth. Duh. A two year old could figure that out.
    All those Russian “Jews” sure as hell ain’t Semites. Neither are the Polish “Jews” or the Asian “Jews.”
    This leaves about 5%-10% of the population of the phony baloney democracy as Semites. Of course the true Semite Arabs don’t really count in the phony baloney democracy, do they. Whew, that was tough.
    The general populace should be educated to this and after this is done perhaps they would hence forth be less liable to be cowed into submission by the anti-semite pistol.
    Then I would also make it common knowledge just who these dual-citizens are, what key positions they hold in OUR government and see if perhaps something may be initiated in this area. Like making it illegal to hold office while being a dual-citizen. Lets let the “people” decide.
    Furthermore I would weed out all the spies and traitors to America and put them in front of a firing squad. That is, of course, the ones who don’t manage to run to the phony baloney democracy and hide under their non-extradition policy. How special that “our special friend” would refuse to extradite murderers and criminals. Very special indeed.
    The main thing is, Jaime, you and I both know 90% of Americans agree with me. And rightfully so. If America cut the umbilical cord and dumped the parasite state, the entire world would cheer so loud it could be heard on the moon. Let God take care of them, since he loves so much. And good riddance.

  15. jaime said on October 3rd, 2007 at 8:59am #

    I think the editors agree with you, at least.
    But most folks would probably reach the same conclusion I have:

    A couple of sandwiches short of a picnic.

  16. iyamwutiam said on October 4th, 2007 at 7:50pm #

    Kind a new here – BUT – I am with HP – it just saves time and the trouble of reading ANOTHER post. Anyway – a pertinent reply to first we must know what a semite IS before the disputations of anti-semite begins (BTW I thik HP is right on this one):

    In linguistics and ethnology, Semitic (from the Biblical “Shem”, Hebrew: ??, translated as “name”, Arabic: ?????) was first used to refer to a language family of largely Middle Eastern origin, now called the Semitic languages. This family includes the ancient and modern forms of Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Akkadian, Ge’ez, Hebrew, Phoenician, Maltese, Tigre and Tigrinya among others.

    From Wikipedia – and before you call it a rag – it is actually pretty much agreed upon -check with your rabbi – I am sure he will agree. In additon : The semitic people are:
    Akkadians — appear 4th millennium BC and amalgamate with non-Semitic Mesopotamian (Sumerian) populations into the Assyrians and Babylonians of the late Bronze Age[1][2]
    Assyrians (Ašš?r?yu) — 20th century BC[citation needed]
    Babylonians — 18th century BC[citation needed]
    Chaldeans (Kaldu) — 8th to 6th c. BC[3][4]
    Eblaites — 23rd century BC
    Akhlames 14th century[5]
    Aramaeans — 16th to 8th century BC[6][7]
    Ugarites, 14th to 12th centuries BC
    Canaanite language speaking nations of the early Iron Age:
    Hebrews — founded the kingdom of Israel and Judah, the remnants of which became the Jews
    Phoenicians — founded Mediterranean colonies including Carthage
    Old South Arabian speaking peoples
    Sabaeans of Yemen — 9th to 1st c. BC
    Aksumites — 4th c. BC to 7th c. AD
    Arabs, Old North Arabian speaking Bedouins
    Lihyanites — 6th to 1st c. BC
    Thamud people — 2nd to 5th c. AD
    Ghassanids — 3rd to 7th c. AD
    Nabataeans — adopted Arabic in the 4th century AD

    Finally – it is pretty much agreed – that a lot of the Bible is NOT historical fact (sorry folks – but one must remember that the current version is a compilation of texts and many were rejected – it is neither definitive or cmprehensive). For example go here -not very far actually – this very SITE in fact
    In this article – the paucity of archeological evidence that the kingdoms of David/Solomon actually ever existed is addressed.

    In additon: Nte that Abraham is ‘said’ t be born around 2000BC – hence MANY extant and advanced cultured were present BEFORE the ‘chosen’ ones. A FACT – that there is an eerie similarity regarding the Garden of Eden/Serpent etc to Genesis – to the tale of Gilgamesh – which was actually published on tablets – waay before the bible.

    Also – it is NOW -established that the major pyramids were builts before 2500 BC -BEFORE the brth of Abraham- and that they moved from Sumeria (Iraq) to Cannan (Palestine) and LEFT Palestine due to famine – around 1600 BC. They THEN left Eypt around 1200BC however the MOST important thing is that is becoming scientifically ‘proved’ that the pyramids were NOT constructed by slaves for a definitive reply please go here ( – however the original impetus was actually a Swedish researcher – who not suprisingly gets NO credit.

    As for the Ashkenazi’s that is pretty well documented. After all we can’t be your library- but sure are gald to help you see that the other side of the story – is not entrenched in religious doctrine that is taken as the ‘de-facto’ truth – but rather an unending ssupply of real world scientific discoveries that cast more and more light of examination on accepted doctrine and worse false premises to usurp homelands people have no right to.

  17. jaime said on October 4th, 2007 at 10:07pm #

    Okay, Hebrews are indigenous to the Middle East.
    We knew that.

    HP’s reasoning to the effect that one’s ethnicity is defined where one is born is faulty.

    Let’s take his logic and apply it to the case of today’s Palestinians, who worldwide now include perhaps 6,000,000 people.
    Perhaps a 10th of today’s number was displaced because of the 1948 war with Israel. 60 years later probably not many of the original Palestinian refugees are still alive. To apply HP’s logic, only the original refugees have any claim to “Palestine.”

    Their descendants do not.

  18. iyamwutiam said on October 4th, 2007 at 10:25pm #

    LOL- Ok hebrews are indigenous – man – I won’t waste my time – but I AM SURE YOU WILL.

  19. hp said on October 5th, 2007 at 2:34pm #

    As for the OT, every tale, every miracle, every aspect of God, was lifted from the eternal Vedas.