Azmi Bishara on the Palestinians

With Hezbollah in the news, I wonder what has happened to Azmi Bishara, the former Knesset Member who went AWOL after being accused of helping direct Hezbollah missiles against Israel during the 2006 Lebanese war.

The Winds of Jihad website from a while back showed an interesting interview with him here when he stated

“I don’t think there is a Palestinian nation. I think there is an Arab nation, I think that this (the term “Palestinian nation”) is a colonial invention. Palestine, up to the end of the 19th century was southern Syria.”

This can be added to the quote from Zuhair Mohsen, PLO representative, in 1977 to a Dutch newspaper about the origin of the Palestinians.

“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.
For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa,  Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”
…….   While Israel wrestles with its security requirements, amid international pressure, this perspective should be kept in mind.
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