The Future of Israel and the Palestians

Istvan Simon wrote:  What makes the Palestinians so special and better than the Hungarians, so that they have  permanent right to lands of Israel in spite of losing three wars that they instigated?  Why is Israel less entitled to gain lands than other countries when it wins wars? Gene Franklin comments: Based on the comments of Mr. Simon, I gather that by 'lands of Israel' he means the West Bank and Gaza. If that is so, are there other solutions than these:

1. Declare these lands to be part of Israel and give the current residents FULL citizenship in that state.

2.  Declare these lands to be part of Israel and give the current residents partial citizenship in a state of apartheid.

3. Declare these lands part of Israel and forcibly expel the current non-Jewish residents of those lands.

If Mr. Simon has other solutions in mind, it would be helpful to have an outline of them spelled out.

Middle East expert Miles Seeley writes: I agree with your comments at the end of Istvan Simon's lengthy piece. I would add only that when I was in Jordan in the 1960s, King Hussein offered instant Jordanian citizenship to every Palestinian who wanted it. There were plenty who did, and Palestinians have played, for better or worse, a major role in Jordan ever since. I knew many in the Army and the police and intelligence services. Many others, however, refused to become Jordanian, saying they would remain forever Palestinians, and they stayed in the camps for the most part. Hussein ruled what was then a very poor country, and he did not have the resources to make conditions in the camps much better; and besides, the camps were under the UN, not Jordan. In my mind, at least, there is no doubt that the conditions in the camps contributed, in the end, to the start of the Intefadah. I think that answers Mr. Simon's question about the difference between Jordanians and Palestinians.

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