According to conventional
wisdom, the root of the Mideast conflict comes
down to this: Palestinians want a homeland and Muslims want
sites they consider holy. Simple, right?
Wrong. Forget the conventional wisdom. If you want Mideast
have to begin on a foundation of truth, not myth.
Isn't it interesting that prior to the 1967 Arab-Israeli
war, there was
no serious movement for a Palestinian homeland?
"Well," you might say, "that was before the Israelis seized
Bank and Old Jerusalem."
That's true. In the Six-Day War, Israel captured Judea,
Samaria and East
Jerusalem. But they didn't capture these territories from
They captured them from Jordan's King Hussein. I can't help
why all these Palestinians suddenly discovered their
after Israel won the war.
The truth is that Palestine is no more real than
Never-Never Land. The
first time the name was used was in 70 A.D. when the Romans
genocide against the Jews, smashed the Temple and declared
the land of
Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised,
it would be
known as Palestine. The name was derived from the
Goliathian people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier.
It was a way
for the Romans to add insult to injury. They also tried to
name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, but that had even
Palestine has never existed -- before or since -- as an
entity. It was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and
crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly, by the
World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of
the land to
the Jewish people as their homeland.
There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no
Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as
governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs,
Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese,
Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the
lands. Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the
But that's too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And
ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today.
Envy. Covetousness. No matter how many land concessions the
make, it will never be enough.
What about Islam's holy sites? There are none in Jerusalem.
Shocked? You should be. I don't expect you will ever hear
truth from anyone else in the international media. It's
I know what you're going to say: "The Al Aqsa Mosque and
the Dome of the
Rock in Jerusalem represent Islam's third most holy sites."
Not true. In fact, the Koran says nothing about Jerusalem.
Mecca hundreds of times. It mentions Medina countless
times. It never
mentions Jerusalem. With good reason. There is no
historical evidence to
suggest Mohammed ever visited Jerusalem.
So how did Jerusalem become the third holiest site of
today cite a vague passage in the Koran, the seventeenth
"The Night Journey." It relates that in a dream or a vision
carried by night "from the sacred temple to the temple that
remote, whose precinct we have blessed, that we might show
signs. ..." In the seventh century, some Muslims identified
temples mentioned in this verse as being in Mecca and
that's as close as Islam's connection with Jerusalem gets
fantasy, wishful thinking. Meanwhile, Jews can trace their
Jerusalem back to the days of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
So what's the solution to the Middle East mayhem? Well,
frankly, I don't
think there is a man-made solution to the violence. But, if
one, it needs to begin with truth. Pretending will only
lead to more
chaos. Treating a 4,000-year-old birthright backed by
historical and archaeological evidence equally with
wishes and wants gives diplomacy and peacekeeping a bad