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What Powers and Wehner Get Wrong About the Palestinians

rgivan Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 11:44 AM
Before the partition of 1948 the Jews were the Palestinians. The Arabs had no special namew for themselves. They certainly did not call themselves Palestinians. Zionists missed a good bet by calling their new state Israel instead of Palestine. I can just see Arafat calling for the destruction of Palestine and its replacement by the Arab Republic of Israel.

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.

Pete Wehner is a real gentleman. His reproofs are generally not caustic and are almost always intended to have his opponents listen to what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” Thus, when he recently criticized Kirsten Powers, he provided a most useful sketch of the history of Arab-Israeli conflicts in recent times, at least since 1967. Wehner’s column should be required reading for anyone taking part in Mideast policy discussions.

In the main, we agree with his assessment of this good woman’s errors. But in gently rebuking...