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Your answer reveals your conditioning, Mike.

I wouldn't call it conditioning as much as an interpretation of history.

The Palestinians are fighting to restore a country that never really existed. There never was a Palestine ruled by arabs. The area has been ruled by the romans, by the crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and even by the British after World War II. There is also the issue of what constitutes the "Palestinian people". Prior to the use of this national identity as an excuse to attack Israel, it simply didn't exist. They were arabs that lived in the area, making them no different than arabs living in Jordan, or Syria, or Lebanon. The PLO even admitted this in an interview in the Dutch newspaper Trouw on March 31, 1977 with PLO executive committee member Zahir Mujsein.

The reason the "Palestinian people" identity exists is as a political construct to legitimize the destruction of Israel. That doesn't justify any atrocities committed by Israel, but it does put the whole conflict in a different light.

Mike
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