wrerick> Netanyahu has never, and still does not, say that he agrees to a two state solution or an independant Palestinian state.
Nonetheless he implemented the Wye River Memorandum back in 1996, including Israeli withdrawals from territories ceded to the PA (as part of a future Palestinian Arab state). More recently, the coalition reached between Likud & Labor is based on continued implemenation of existing agreements (Oslo) which include the stablishment of a Palestinian Arab state.
WR> Arabs... relations with Jews have been largely peaceful or at least better than those between Europeans and Jews for much of their mutual history.
The Jewish experience in Arab/Muslim countries, over 1300 years of history, was overall similar to that of Jews in Europe with the exception of the Holocaust (which many of them deny).
WR> Arab anti-semitism as it is now has to do with the immigration of European Jews to Palestine, and the founding of a Jewish statehttp://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=c8eea81f-4540-419e-ad72-ff8ef6ec59c9
Benny Morris> Palestinian leaders and preachers, guided by history and religion, have traditionally seen the Jews as an inferior race whose proper place was as an abased minority in a Muslim polity; and the present situation, with an Arab minority under Jewish rule, is regarded as a perversion of nature and divine will. As Sheik Sulayman al-Taji, a leading Palestinian notable, declared in a poem in 1913: "Jews, sons of clinking gold ... are the weakest of all peoples and the least of them."
WR> There were Arabs who certainly had political ties and interest in Hitler, but hardly for anti-semitic purposes
The Mufti of Jerusalem, the head of the Arab High Committee, spent the war as hitler's guest in Berlin and pleaded with him to bring the "Final Solution" to Mandate Palestine.http://tellthechildrenthetruth.com/gallery
|| the Fuhrer would on his own give the Arab world the assurance that its hour of liberation had arrived. Germany's objective would then be solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere under the protection of British power. In that hour the Mufti would be the most authoritative spokesman for the Arab world. It would then be his task to set off the Arab operations, which he had secretly prepared.http://www.palestinefacts.org/pf_mandate_grand_mufti.php
|| According to documentation from the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials, the Nazi Germany SS helped finance al-Husseini's efforts in the 1936-39 revolt in Palestine. Adolf Eichmann actually visited Palestine and met with al-Husseini at that time and subsequently maintained regular contact with him later in Berlin.
|| In 1940, al-Husseini requested the Axis powers to acknowledge the Arab right: "...to settle the question of Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries in accordance with the national and racial interests of the Arabs and along the lines similar to those used to solve the Jewish question in Germany and Italy."
|| While in Baghdad... al-Husseini aided the pro-Nazi revolt of 1941. He then spent the rest of World War II as Hitler's special guest in Berlin, advocating the extermination of Jews in radio broadcasts back to the Middle East and recruiting Balkan Muslims for infamous SS "mountain divisions" that tried to wipe out Jewish communities throughout the region.
|| At the Nuremberg Trials, Eichmann's deputy Dieter Wisliceny (subsequently executed as a war criminal) testified: "The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan. ... He was one of Eichmann's best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chamber of Auschwitz."
|| With the collapse of Nazi Germany in 1945, the Mufti moved to Egypt where he was received as a national hero. After the war al-Husseini was indicted by Yugoslavia for war crimes, but escaped prosecution. The Mufti was never tried because the Allies were afraid of the storm in the Arab world if the hero of Arab nationalism was treated as a war criminal.
WR> the Arabs are semite
In modern usage, the word "Semitic" refers to LANGUAGE groups, not people.
Arabic is a Semitic language.
WR> Zionism was a European Jewish phenomenon and there was no nationalistic development within Sephardic Judaism
Nachum Sokolov, who became President of the Zionist World Congress in 1906, famously remarked of Sepharadi Jews: "We became Zionists, you were born Zionists". That was the inspiration for a recent book: You Were Born Zionists: the Sephardim in Eretz Israel in Zionism and the Hebrew Revival During the Ottoman Empire
, by Yizhak Bezalel (Ben-Zvi Institute, 2007)
WR> one of [Zionism's] main failings is... that it really doesn't have anything to say about Palestinianshttp://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=c8eea81f-4540-419e-ad72-ff8ef6ec59c9
Benny Morris> It is worth noting, at this point, a major asymmetry in the evolution of the Jewish national movement and the Palestinian national movement. The Zionists, too, at first sought sovereignty over the whole of the land. As one early Zionist, Ze'ev Dubnow, put it in October 1882, the first year of Zionist settlement in Palestine: "The ultimate goal ... is, in time, to take over the Land of Israel and to restore to the Jews the political independence they have been deprived of for these two thousand years... The Jews will yet arise and, arms in hand (if need be), declare that they are the masters of their ancient homeland." But over the decades the Zionists came to recognize that the land was inhabited by hundreds of thousands of Arabs who devised their own collective identity and began to resist the Jewish influx. Following the start of the Arab Revolt, the Zionist movement formally accepted--in 1937, in response to the Peel Commission recommendations--the principle of partition, meaning a division of Palestine between its two communities. And in 1947, the movement accepted both the principle of partition and the specific United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181, which, positing the establishment of two states, awarded the Zionists some 55 percent of Palestine (most of it in the Negev desert) and the Palestinian Arabs some 40 percent.Benny Morris> The shift in Zionist ideology from an ideologically pristine demand for all of Palestine to a sober acceptance of partition was not paralleled in the development of the Palestinian national movement. This asymmetry has underpinned the conflict since the 1930s.