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The Palestinians will not go away. Their huge and righteous discontent is entirely justified.

It is my understanding the the Palestinian problem was, if not created by, then greatly exacerbated by Arab leaders. When Israel was about to become a nation, these leaders spread scare stories about what would happen to Arabs inside Israeli territory. As a result, many fled, abandoning businesses, homes and cultural roots, and ending up in refugee camps. In other words, the Arab leaders in the area used the Palestinians to create a problem for Israel and as a source of future terrorist recruits. While Israel has done much to help Jews worldwide (remember Entebbe?), have the oil-rich brethern of the Palestinians done anything to ease their plight?

If the creation of Israel had been met with peace and cooperation, Palestine today would be a prosperous region, and Israel would still be within its original boundaries. Palestinian youths would have jobs and prosperity, at least by Middle Eastern standards, and be less inclined to roam the streets throwing rocks. I seldom see anyone point to the irony that the Arabs in Israel are better off than most Arabs in Arab countries. Some of them even serve in the Israeli parliament. Where else in the Arab world can an Arab even vote? Fifty years of war, terrorism and hatred have reduced, in my mind, any legitimacy the Palestinians have for any grievances against Israel--but it's not the fault of the Palestinian in the street--he's been the pawn of self-serving murderers like Arafat.
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