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The Whaling State of Palestine

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jun 4, 2016 at 23:00

Hello, Daniel. You said,

"The renewed talk about a confederation between the Palestinians and Jordan underscores the Palestinian leadership's failure to convince many Palestinians of its ability to lead them towards statehood."

If we weren't talking about the Middle East, I would say that somebody involved in that statement was on drugs -- not you, for saying that the Palestinian leadership can't convince its people of such a preposterous idea; but the leadership itself, and those stupid enough to give them credence. Unfortunately, some of those in this category include the leaders of the world's major powers.

Have any of these people ever looked at a map? The "West Bank" is all of 2,183 mi². That's about 47 miles square. About half of that area has an overwhelming Jewish majority population, leaving, say, 24 miles by 48 miles of Arab-occupied land. Back in the Midwestern, US, a typical little county like Waukesha Co., WI is half that size; so we're talking here about a "state" the size of two Midwestern counties.

For Easterners, who don't know where the Midwest is (it's between New York City and LA), I'll compare this "state" to something more familiar, namely, the State of Rhode Island. That's our littlest state, and it is indeed tiny: 1,212 mi². That is, essentially, the size of the Arab-occupied part of the West Bank -- roughly Areas "A" and "B" (Area C is all Jewish). Add to this the 140.9 mi² of the Gaza Strip (about 24 miles x 6 miles) and you get a "state" the whopping size of Rhode Island and Martha's Vineyard.

Throw in Nantucket, to allow for the Israeli Arab areas that Avigdor Lieberman would like to get rid of in the bargain, and yes, you have the makings of a "state" I can just imagine the Pals taking an Israeli-built elevated train from Nablus to Gaza City, where they can build three-masted schooners and set out to go whaling.

Seeing that many Rhode Islanders are Italian- and Portugese- American, one wonders why they haven't also thought about a "Rhode Island Liberation Organization" and gone about knifing people. Omigosh! They have:

"Warwick man arrested after double stabbing
By NBC 10 NEWS Saturday, March 26th 2016

"WARWICK, R.I. — A Warwick man is behind bars, accused of murdering his nephew after hours on the run. Police say Jared Rogers, 20, stabbed his older brother and his nephew early Saturday morning..."

"Rogers" isn't an Italian or Portugese name. What gives here? What kind of intifada is that?

I hope this brings into perspective, exactly what it is that occupies half the time and energy of the UN, along with many of Secretary John Kerry's bonus travel miles.

Will the King of Jordan somehow become interested in taking in these people? I think he would privately be more interested in sending them all to Syria. Has anyone ever bothered to count how many UN Resolutions and "Palestinian Peace Initiatives" there have been since 1917? Whatever the count, this latest is yet another; and it is highly, highly, highly likely to end up just like the rest.

--http://turnto10.com/news/local/warwick-police-capture-stabbing-and-homicide-suspect-in-north-providence

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I did not write the passage you quote. Khaled Abu Toameh did.

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