We are living in amazing times when a representative of the federal government makes the wholly truthful statement that “Palestine” is NOT a country, a state, or a people. Of course, it is a fake construct made up by people who want to murder all Jews. But every administration until today has played footsie with the fiction that Palestine is a nation.
The incredible statement was made by U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton during a Wednesday briefing at the White House. And he couldn’t be more right. There is no such official state as “Palestine.”
Bolton was announcing that the U.S. government was dumping the optional protocol on dispute resolution of the UN’s Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations on Wednesday.
The measure allows for member states to bring other member states up on charges in the International Court of Justice in order to settle diplomatic disputes.
But the Trump administration sees the whole scheme as illegitimate. And as he was talking about withdrawing from the protocols, Bolton made an amazing statement about the legitimacy of “Palestine.”
According to Israeli news agency Arutz Sheva:
Bolton explained that the move was brought about by “the so-called state of Palestine” challenging the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem at the international court, stating bluntly that “Palestine” is not a state.
“It’s not a state now. It does not meet the customary international law test of statehood,” he said. “It doesn’t control defined boundaries. It doesn’t fulfill normal functions of government. There are a whole host of reasons why it’s not a state.”
“It could become a state, as the president said, but that requires diplomatic negotiations with Israel and others,” he added.
“We have consistently, across Democratic and Republican administrations, opposed the admission of ‘Palestine’ to the UN as a state, because it’s not a state.”
Bolton is right on. A Palestinian nation does not exist and the U.S. has never recognized it as a nation or a nation state.
Bolton infuriated the left using air quotes when saying “Palestine,” too, making the press conference extra delicious.
Still, air quotes or no, Bolton is right. There is no such country as Palestine. There is also no such people as Palestinians. Not in modern times OR in historic times.
Palestine is an ancient city that has been controlled by Arabs, Jordanians, Jews, and a host of others. But it has never been considered a distinct people. There is no “Palestinian race,” nor a Palestinian nationality. It is just a city. It has always been just a city. Indeed, if “Palestine” had already been considered a state and a people, why did they have to declare themselves such as recently as 1988?
In fact, the first time a “Palestinian state” was seriously proposed was in 1974 when the Arab League declared that the Palestinian Liberation Organization — a terrorist group created in 1964 — was the representative of the so-called Palestinian people.
But before the creation of the PLO, no one ever gave thought that there was such a thing as any “Palestinian people.”
And why did any of this come about at all? Because Israel was reconstituted in 1949 while Muslim opposition grew to the newly risen nation. The so-called “nation of Palestine” was the sole invention of terrorists and aimed at becoming a weapon to use against the Jews.
That is all it was in 1964, that is all it was in 1974, that is all it was in 1988, and that is all it is today. A weapon. It is not a real nation and not a real people.
However, if a peace accord can be reached, there is no reason that such a new nation cannot be created and recognized by the international community.
But, until the “Palestinians” reject their goal of total Jewish genocide, they do not deserve even the first consideration.
As of now “Palestinian” is synonymous with “terrorist.”
All of this is truth. But it is the first time we’ve ever had an administration that has clearly recognized and stated this truth. So, props to Ambassador Bolton!
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