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Reader comment on item: Is Jordan Palestine?

Submitted by Yuval Brandstetter MD (Israel), Jul 2, 2010 at 05:31

Everything said about the East side of the Jordan was said about the West side, by Mark Twain in 1865.

The only difference worth noting between east and west was that Jews began resettling in the West, wheras Arabs who saw the squalor of the East migrated, naturally from east to west.

With all due respect to the mighty Jordan, it was crossed and recrossed millions of times. It never was an impedance to migration.

The whole of the southern part of the syrian Senjak (province) for that was Palestine under Ottoman rule was one unit, and contained in 1881 no more than 400000 people, half nomadic, while Jerusale, was 2 thrids jewish.

The vast majority of arabs who now claim to be Palestinians are economic immigrants to the Land of Israel, drawn by the opportunities developped by the Jews.

But lets cut the argument. If east and west are two separate entities, and they are, let there be as many arabs on the western side as there are Jews on the eastern side.


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