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Qaddafi: Man of reason

Amazingly, Muammar Qaddafi wrote an op-ed in the International Herald Tribune on 22 January. He advocates a one-state solution but a prerequisite is the right of return for the Palestinian refugees: this is a non-starter.

However, the constructiveness and balance of the article deserve attention, whatever the Libyan leader’s motive for having the article published. Some quotes from the article:

Jews and Muslims are cousins descended from Abraham. Throughout the centuries both faced cruel persecution and often found refuge with one another.”

“The basis for the modern State of Israel is the persecution of the Jewish people, which is undeniable. The Jews have been held captive, massacred, disadvantaged in every possible fashion by the Egyptians, the Romans, the English, the Russians, the Babylonians, the Canaanites and, most recently, the Germans under Hitler. The Jewish people want and deserve their homeland.”

“A two-state solution will create an unacceptable security threat to Israel. An armed Arab state, presumably in the West Bank, would give Israel less than 10 miles of strategic depth at its narrowest point.”

“It is a fact Ithat Palestinians inhabited the land and owned farms and homes there until recently, fleeing in fear of violence at the hands of Jews after 1948 – violence that did not occur, but rumors of which led to a mass exodus. It is important to note that the Jews did not forcibly expel Palestinians. They were never “un-welcomed.”

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