THE SPINE NOVEMBER 29, 2007
I am sure some of you aren't interested in this, maybe even thinking it's detritus. I found it fascinating, especially given that it came out in Ha'aretz on the 60th anniversary of the U.N. Partition Plan for Palestine. An Israeli historian has discovered in U.N. archives, recently opened, that as the date for statehood neared the international organization tried to organize militias for both the envisioned "Jewish" state and the envisioned "Arab" state. Yes, they called it an Arab state, everybody did. No one called it a "Palestinian" state because no one imagined that there was a Palestinian people. And not enough Arabs wanted an Arab state. So the U.N. turned its attention to the Jewish state which had, in a very real sense, been organizing itself since the end of the First World War.Denial lives a long life. Today, also apropos the 60th birthday, Hamas called on the U.N. to rescind the Partition Plan, stating, "It is not shameful to correct a mistake. Palestine is Arab-Islamic land from the river to the sea, including Jerusalem, and Jews have no place there." How's that for realism! Dream on!