Letter: Where can there be a Palestinian state?

           In his letter in the October Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, Michael Cohn suggests that Israel should “support the creation of a viable Palestinian state.” Where?

          Seventy-five percent of the land referred to as Palestine is now occupied by Jordan, yet the Palestinian Arabs never asked for a state on that land. In 1964, the charter of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the forerunner of the current Palestinian Authority, specifically stated that the Palestinian Arabs did not want the West Bank or Gaza as a state.

          Article 24 of the charter stated: “(The PLO) does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom or in the Gaza Strip.”

          However, when Israel won the Six-Day War in 1967 and took control of the West Bank and Gaza, Article 24 was removed from the PLO Charter.

          Furthermore, the Palestinian Arabs were offered a state on 75 percent of Palestine minus Jordan in 1937 by the Peel Commission, and about 50 percent of this land in 1947 by the United Nations, in 2000 by President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and in 2008 by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. In all four instances the Palestinian Arabs refused to accept a state in Palestine.

          Yet the Jews accepted a state in Palestine the first time it was offered in 1937 even though it was only 1/20th of the size of the land promised to them by the Mandate of Palestine and it did not include Judaism’s holiest site in Jerusalem.

          Therefore, it is clear that the Palestinian Arabs don’t care about Palestine or want Palestine as a state. All they want is what Israel has.

Ivan M. Lang