Thursday, January 22, 2009

Qaddafi's single state solution in the NYT

Libya's nutty leader Muammar Qaddafi writes an op-ed in the New York Times pushing for a single-state solution, "Isratine." It is certainly ghostwritten by someone who understands the Western mindset - it pushes all the right buttons for well-meaning but uninformed people to warm to the idea of a painless way to destroy Israel. It appears, in fact, to be written with a liberal Jewish audience in mind.

To that end, he adds an interesting paragraph:
It is a fact that Palestinians inhabited the land and owned farms and homes there until recently, fleeing in fear of violence at the hands of Jews after 1948 — violence that did not occur, but rumors of which led to a mass exodus. It is important to note that the Jews did not forcibly expel Palestinians. They were never “un-welcomed.”
Will their be a furious Arab reaction that Qaddafi challenges the entire Palestinian Arab narrative? Or will they stay quiet, knowing that the "Israetine" that Qaddafi is pushing would very quickly turn into Palestine?