Libyan dictator and former Lockerbie guy Muammar Qaddafi – he of the many spellings and traveling tent with the 30 female bodyguards – is now writing op-eds for the NY Times.
Yessireee, proposing The One-State Solution for Israel, which he refers to as Isratine (rhymes with Ovaltine?):
It is a fact that 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.” Yet only the full territories of Isratine can accommodate all the refugees and bring about the justice that is key to peace.
Assimilation is already a fact of life in Israel. There are more than one million Muslim Arabs in Israel; they possess Israeli nationality and take part in political life with the Jews, forming political parties. On the other side, there are Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Israeli factories depend on Palestinian labor, and goods and services are exchanged. This successful assimilation can be a model for Isratine.
Of course Muammar conveniently forgets to mention Hamas. Muammar manages to bring up the Egyptians, the Romans, the English, the Russians, the Babylonians, the Canaanites and even the Germans, but the world “Hamas” never once shows up in the entire article.
Soccer Dad rips into Qaddafi’s article.
In related matters, the New York Times might want to reconsider its choice of op-ed guests, unless of course they believe that their current editorial decisions have absolutely nothing to do with needing to go begging to Mexican billionaires and remortgaging the building.
Pat Patterson says
Considering the source to see an Arab leader claim that the Palestinians fled the new state without Israeli violence either indicates that Quadaffi doesn’t know much about the founding of the state of Israel or he has purposely ignored the forcible driving out of Palestians from some strategically important villages such as Deir Yassin and Kfar Etzion or has simply chosen to ignore that which even Israel acknowledges took place.
But the rest is so muddled that his vision of a one-state solution could include Israel only in its 1947 mandated borders or the entire British mandate which would include Gaza, the West Bank and the Transjordan, most of Syria and part of Lebanon.
What the heck is this?! As if it weren’t enough having Chavez write his drivel in the Venezuelan press, now this… Too much.
Francis W. Porretto says
Jeez, Colonel, whatever happened to “I don’t care what they say about me in the papers as long as they spell my name right” — ?