CPAC Panel Addresses Misconceptions About Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Breitbart | 2/23/2018 | Staff
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OXON HILL, MD — Panelists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attempted to disband some of the biggest misconceptions that many Americans have about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Thursday.

“What’s happening today is the result of the British and the French rewiring the Middle East history in the 20th century and about 100 years of Arab rejectionism,” Aylana Meisel of the Tikvah Fund said.

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The panel was moderated by Genevieve Wood of the Heritage Foundation. Yehoshua Oz of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies was also on the panel.

“There has never been a state of Palestine or a country of Palestine,” Meisel said. “The terms Palestine comes from when the Romans were controlling the area and occupying the area.”

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She continued, “There has never been a nationality called Palestine,” adding that the name was created as a larger tactic in the Arab world’s war on Israel.

She said the Palestinian issue started to rise in the 1960s, and it was in response to the Jewish presence.

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“It’s just completely false,” Meisel said of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas claiming a 5,000-year history.

Oz focused on a few central ideas to provide the context in which Israel should be regarded, saying, “it’s all about context,” as he pointed to two maps on a projector screen.

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He said the first concept is about who has a right to the land of Israel. “I would argue that Israel has a right to this land, which the people, and I think their connection, is indisputable.” He added, “it’s very clear that the Jews have a long-standing connection to the land, and this extends into the legal realm and historic realm.”

“There are 193 member nations in the U.N. and only one nation has had its right to exist questioned on such a regular basis,” he said of the U.N....
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