Quote of Note: PLO Leader Zahir Muhsein

Zahir Muhsein told the following to the Dutch newspaper Trouw in a 1977 interview:

The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism for tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.

The fact of the matter is that “Palestinian” is neither an ethnicity, nor a nationality.  Palestine was never an Arab-Muslim country, but merely a region within the greater Ottoman Empire.

More and more I am convinced that the biggest mistake that Israel ever made was in acknowledging the “Palestinians” as a separate and distinct people.  They aren’t.  They are a small part of the much larger Arab-Muslim nation that controls well over 99 percent of the Middle East, the landmass that they conquered following the death of Muhammad in the 7th century.

The Arab conquerors of that part of the world placed Christians and Jews into positions of submission as “protected” peoples and kept us that way from the 7th until the 20th centuries.  The alleged emergence of a brand-spanking new people, the so-called “Palestinians,” came about not out of any genuine national aspirations, but in order to present a competing claim to the 3,500 year old historical Jewish homeland.  This emergence of the so-called “Palestinians” was not an organic process, but derived from conscious political decisions from PLO and Soviet leadership.

According to Mr. Muhsein, “the Palestinian people does not exist.”

Who are we to argue?

Nonetheless, if the very point of “Palestinian” people-hood was something other than trying to rob the Jewish people of our homeland after persecuting us for 13 centuries, I would be more than happy to welcome them into the greater family of nations.  However, since the “Palestinians” only emerged as a group for the purpose of doing the Jewish people terrible harm, within living memory of the Holocaust, I see no reason whatsoever in acknowledging them as a distinct ethnicity or nation, particularly given the fact that they are not a distinct ethnicity or nation.  Nations do not come into existence for the sole purpose of destroying other nations and even if they sometimes did, those whom they seek to destroy are under no moral or ethical obligation to assist them by recognizing them.

Israel should cease undermining its own well-being by dealing with these people.  Mahmoud Abbas should be entirely persona non grata, as should the PLO, Fatah, and the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas, on the other hand, should be destroyed by any means necessary.

We have absolutely got to awaken to the fact that there will be no negotiated conclusion of hostilities for the very simple reason that this is not what the “Palestinians” want.  If they had wanted peace with a state of their own they could have had one many decades ago, but they refused every single offer since 1937.  This can only mean that statehood in peace next to Israel is not the goal.

The goal, of course, is the elimination of the State of Israel and returning the Jews to their traditional role as an abused minority under Arab-Muslim domination.

That’s the goal and we need to stop pretending otherwise.


Michael Lumish is the editor of Israel Thrives.

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  1. Which goes to prove that the two state solution is a delusion and by accepting it the Israeli government at the time bestowed legitimacy on the made up nation that wasn’t . There are alternatives that have been suggested that would give the people , who have come to call themselves Palestinian , more hope than the current delusional negotiations will ever give them.

    • And that’s the key question, isn’t it?

      What about the civil and political liberties of the Arabs who live in Judaea and Samaria?

      What about that hope?

  2. I don’t think that Israel actually acknowledged ‘Palestinians’ as a separate and distinct people. I think it was something which happened without thought.

    I think it’s the same as accepting Judaea and Samaria being called the ‘West Bank of Jordan’, which has been changed to the ‘West Bank’. I try to refer to it as the ‘West Bank of Jordan’ so people will know where the name came from.

    The Palestinian supporters, aka ‘useless idiots’ have no idea whatsoever that the area was in Jordanian hands, and that Gaza was in Egypt’s hands and both refused to take them back in in peace treaties they made with Israel, in 1994 and 1979 respectively

  3. The Arabs under Israeli administration have more civil and political liberties than Arabs under any Arab administration . There are also alternative solutions which have been suggested. The problem really is that no one really cares about the political and civil liberties of these disadvantaged people(apart from Jews) and especially not their own leadership , or they would’ve found a solution by now. As you have already clearly pointed out the real objective of all the political activism is the destruction of the Jewish state .

  4. Yes, people need to be reminded of this, especially the background behind the establishment of the PLO in 1964, a Soviet KGB front organization, with its founding 422 members hand-picked by the KGB, and Arafat quickly hustled off to Ceaușescu’s Romania for training (by the most important Soviet era defector Gen. Ion Pacepa), and later by North Vietnam’s Gen Giap who taught him how to re-frame his narrative from annihilation of the Jews to the liberation of an oppressed people. And yes, did the West lap that up!

    On the important subject of language in political discourse, here are some thoughts:

    “Calling things by their right names – Judea and Samaria”

    There are many who think that the terms Judea and Samaria are used only by right wing extremists, the fanatically religious, Biblical loonies and other assorted nut cases. In fact, most of the world thinks this way, but that doesn’t make it right.

    If we actually look at the famous UN (Partition) Resolution 181 of 1947 (really no more than a Recommendation, but that’s another story), especially:
    Part II. – Boundaries
    “The boundary of the hill country of Samaria and Judea starts on the Jordan River at the Wadi Malih south-east of Beisan and runs due west to meet the Beisan-Jericho road and then follows the western side of that road in a north-westerly direction to the junction of the boundaries of the Sub-Districts of Beisan, Nablus, and Jenin…..” etc.

    The point being, of course, that this is what that land has always been called, including in a document as auspicious as this one, oft-quoted , but rarely read, written by no less than the UN itself, and (erroneously) considered a foundation document of Israeli history.

    Of course those who illegally conquered it in 1948/49 had to change the name.
    Judea = The Jews, definitely not good for the cause, and so a more neutral, anodyne, almost romantic name was selected i.e. The West Bank. Romantic, as one is reminded of Paris’s Left Bank (well, I am).

    Since then, the world has participated in the continuing de-Judaization of what was both the heart of the ancient Jewish home, as well as being assigned by the League Mandate for reconstitution of a Jewish National Home in Palestine
    Language is extremely important in politics, as it constitutes the basis for discourse, and conditions all thinking about it.
    This neutral language makes it seem almost natural that this was always destined to be part of a Palestinian State, if not part of an illusory pre-existing sovereign Palestinian State.
    Let us banish this name from our discourse once and for all, and call the thing what it is, and always has been called. And when opponents of Zionism accuse you of being a right-wing extremist or Biblical fanatic, just refer them the always right (sic) United Nations, Resolution 181.

  5. Just imagine that the Cubans of Miami,, south Florida, suddenly, decide to declare the south Florida a new nation of Cubans. Its exactly what the Palestinians are doing.

  6. Moshe – They (Cubans) can do that, but they need to, at a minimum, a) have a coherent mode of social and political organization and b) be able to defend it. Israel declared a State at the end of the Mandate (as I believe was its right, since that was the precise goal of the Mandate, although that is disputed by some). So while they could do it, it would be ludicrous on its face (see Palestine, below)
    Israel declared the boundaries as per UN Res 181, which as I’ve explained elsewhere had zero binding value, since a) The UN simply can’t create a State and b) the loophole is that the Resolution could have held water had both parties agreed, which of course, The Arab League absolutely did not.
    After the pan-Arab invasion, Israel conquered more territory of course, and expanded its initial size.

    It made a huge blunder after 1967 by not annexing Judea and Samaria, causing the entire current mess, the first major example of many major self-inflicted wounds, followed by ceding Temple Mount, by declaring the territories “occupied” and settlements in violation of 4 Gen Convention (can we blame our enemies for saying the same?), ceding Sinai for no concessions, then Gaza “disengagement”, the catastrophic (and hugely opposed at the time) Oslo debacle and associated legitimization of the PLO, and right now to Netanyahu – who made his name opposing Rabin’s Oslo adventure and recognition of the PLO – re-visiting ceding Judea, Samaria and Jordan Valley (or parts thereof)…and willing to release 106 convicted terrorists as entry price for the privilege, again with zero concession.
    Most recently, the extraordinary medical treatment of Gaza PM Haniyeh’s grandchild….WTF!
    Alice in Wonderland? Florence Nightingale?

    This is not said with the benefit of hindsight. There were many who opposed these moves at the time, indeed, some 60% of the population in the streets opposed to Oslo, a world record as I understand it (in percentages).

    No wonder Israel’s enemies hearts are warmed at these constant signs of weakness. If there is one thing Israel’s enemies despise it is weakness, and they see it in abundance. If there is one thing they respect it is power (Islam is, after all, a social/political/military system characterized by military subjugation and conquest: and very successful, they were.)
    I’m sure they feel if they wait long enough they will get Judea and Samaria (part of the Mandated reconstituted Jewish Home, to which the Palestinians have zero rights – the Arabs did get four (4) other Mandates, after all, now nation-states).
    They have very great patience. Let’s not forget, they did win the crusades after 200 years.

    It makes it very hard to be an aggressive advocate for Israel (as I have tried to be, passionately). And I feel I am repeating what I have written at very great length elsewhere in numerous papers.
    Back to your point, a State of Palestine was declared in 1988 by the government in exile. What does it mean? Nothing.

    If one wants to advocate for Israel, I have written my own Manifesto for what I feel needs to be done, insofar as all efforts to date have been largely futile, on the DEFENSE, from the back foot, and in no way changing the prevailing narrative (of hate). In this, I was strongly influenced by thoughts from the formidable Prof. Ruth Wisse.

  7. Zuheir Mohsen wasn’t the only “Palestinian” leader to admit that the “Palestinian nation” was one big lie. So too did former Knesset Member Azmi Bishara (the subtitles on this YouTube clip leave much to desire, but the relevant sentence IS translated):

    See too the admission of the Hamas Interior Minister that half the “Palestinians” are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis!

  8. The name of the territory (only) is a Colonial Invention (probably derived by the British seeking to mimic the glories of the Roman Empire – Syrian Palaestina) not the people. The people are a Soviet KGB/PLO invention, fabricated out of thin air, from whole cloth. This is clear from the Preamble to the 1964 PLO Charter.