Originally published at American Thinker
Rick Moran wrote a blog for American Thinker entitled, "Are the Palestinian people really 'invented' as Gingrich claims?" Moran leads with Barry Rubin's fact check on ABC's fact check of Gingrich's statement. It's no surprise that ABC concluded that Gingrich's statement was false. Rubin, however, says that Gingrich was "basically correct" yet concludes that what matters most is that the Palestinian people believe that they are in fact a people.
Moran seems to accept Rubin's assessment and ends his article by saying, "But Dr. Rubin has nailed it; it doesn't matter what we think as much as what the Palestinians themselves believe. You must deal with the world as it is, not as we would like it to be."
I respectfully disagree with Moran's take on this issue. If we accept that the Palestinians are a legitimate people just because they believe they are, where does this kind of logic end? What else should we accept just because the Palestinians believe it?
The Palestinians print maps of what people who know real history would call Israel. Yet, their maps are of a country that shows no evidence of Israel or Jews existence. I believe Israel exists. Palestinians believe Israel shouldn't exist. Do we apply Rubin's and Moran's logic of, "it doesn't matter what we think as much as what the Palestinians themselves believe," therefore Israel shouldn't exist?
The Palestinians believe that the Temple Mount has always been one of the holiest spots on earth to Muslims, and that the Jews have no historical connection to it. They also believe that Rachel's tomb is a mosque. Do we believe the same thing about these Jewish sites just because the Palestinians do?
If we must "deal with the world as it is," according to what Palestinians believe, then we'll quit mourning the tragedy of 9/11 and accept that what happened was America's fault. And we'll believe that terrorists in Israel are freedom fighters and that suicide bombers are merely expressing their frustration and hatred towards the apartheid state of Israel. Never mind the fact that Arabs have more freedom in Israel than any other Arab country in the world. That's not what Palestinians believe. The list could go on ad nauseum of the beliefs of Palestinians that are lies passed off as truth.
Gingrich had the guts, or as some would argue, the gall and stupidity, to finally shout what is equivalent to, "The emperor has on no clothes!" in a public forum. He said what so many of us know, yet don't have the stage to say it on; that the faux Palestinian narrative is based on revisionist history, i.e. fiction. It is absurd that the American government keeps basing its foreign policy on a delusional narrative and pushing Israel to base its security on that narrative. If history is written by the victors, then why is Israel's history and future being written by Arabs who have lost all the wars they have started against Israel? The Arabs are writing calculated fiction, and passing it off to the world as history via the liberal media, politicians and the U.N.
He has said outlandish things before. His narrative is easy to poke holes through right? Yet, it's a little harder to poke holes at him when he is merely repeating what Arabs said before the this-is-how-the-world-is Palestinian propaganda machine took off.
A one-time member of the PLO executive council, Zuhair Muhsin, once said, "There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians, and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity . . . yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical purposes. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel."
Syrian President Hafez Assad told Arafat, "You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, and there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, and Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore, it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people."
My hat goes off to Gingrich for calling things as they are, not as the Palestinians wish us to believe. Imagine if we had a presidential candidate who started calling things as they are in America and not as liberals and the mainstream media wish us to believe.