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Old Mar 31, 2002, 12:20 AM
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Arabs control 99.5 percent of the middle east

I thought these facts were interesting to say the least...
The Arabs of today controls 24 nations... 99 percent of the ENTIRE Middle East land mass while Israel occupies only a 1/2 of 1 percent speck on this same map. But that's still too much land for the Arabs to spare. They want it all. As they shout out, "We will fight to our last drop of blood for for every last grain of sand!" And that is ultimately what all the fighting is about today. And no matter how many land concessions the Israelis might make for "peace," it will never be enough! Any peace treaty between Israel and the Arab world are ultimately meaningless. Even the Israeli-Egyptian and Israeli-Jordanian peace treaties are holding on by a single thread and if you were to read their government-controlled newspapers you'd think they were still at war with Israel!

There was NO "Arab Palestinian" history before the Arabs created one somewhat after 1948 but especially after the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War! Archeological sites to this very day continue to yield artifacts with Hebrew writing, not some fictitious "Palestinian" or Arabic text! The so-called "Palestinian" Arabs were simply then, as they are now, Arabs no different culturally, historically or ethnically from other Arabs living in any other of the 24 Arab countries from which they emigrated and came into "Palestine!" The suggestion that the "Palestinians" are some sub-group of Arabs with their own unique identity is pure fiction! Great propaganda... but still pure fiction! And had not the Arabs continued to brainwash generation upon generation into believing this HISTORICAL HOGWASH about some ancient "Arab Palestinian" ties to the Holy Land, most could have gotten themselves a real life by now with much less bloodshed and suffering for everyone concerned!

Another myth deals with the issue of Jerusalem and its Temple Mount. The myth is that Jerusalem is really an Arab city and that it is a central focus of Islam. The truth is that the Arabs expressed very limited interest in the Temple Mount before 1967. Besides, Mecca and Medina (both in Saudi Arabia) are Islam's holiest cities!

One more thing about Jerusalem in general and its Temple Mount in particular. Jerusalem appears in the Jewish Bible 669 times and Zion (which usually means Jerusalem, sometimes the Land of Israel) 154 times, or 823 times in all. The Christian Bible mentions Jerusalem 154 times and Zion 7 times. Islam's Holy(?) Koran mentions Mecca hundreds of times. It mentions Medina countless times. It never mentions Jerusalem and with good reason. There is no historical evidence to suggest Mohammad ever visited Jerusalem! And if he did visit Jerusalem, it could not have been until 6 years after his death. Therefore, the notion that Mohammed ascended to Heaven from a rock in Jerusalem (today's Dome of the Rock) is even more ridiculous!
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Old Mar 31, 2002, 09:37 AM
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I don't know where you have drawn the line to define Middle East, but it should include Turkey and Iran and as well, neither of whom are ethnically or liguistically Arab, together with the inhabitants of Lebanon.
Pre 1948, Palestinian referred just to the inhabitants of Palestine, whether Jewish or Islamic or Christian. Ethnically there was very little difference - less than there is today between say Jews of Ethiopian or East European origin.
"Palestinians" of whatever creed inhabited Palestine from the Roman empire, which gave it its name, until 1948.
No one denies the huge religious significance of the city of Jerusalem and its temple (built by an Idumean, technically Arab) to the Jewish religion. However, there are also some 1,300 years of Moslem history asssociated with Jerusalem, as well as 2,000 of Christian history. Neither can it be denied that the majority of the current Jewish population of the area emigrated, or are descendants of immigrants, to Israel.
The question is not one of race, but of religion and, bearing in mind the similarity of their basic tenets and ideals, perhaps we should be hearing more from religious than political leaders.
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