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Thursday, August 05, 2010

A fascinating conversation

I got to meet Michael Totten very briefly at a closed gathering of bloggers here in Jerusalem last Thursday night. Michael's here for about a month doing his usual on-the-ground reporting. Here, he publishes a fascinating conversation he had with Benjamin Kerstein, whom I have never met, which conversation is titled "The greatest collection of nightmares on earth."

To find out why, read the whole thing.


At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerstein: "It's not my business to tell the Palestinians whether or not they exist."

It is your business to counter an anti-Israeli propaganda fraud. The "Palestinian nation" is nothing but a masquerade for propaganda purposes.

Kerstein: "I think people who say the Palestinians don't exist are...myopic, to put it delicately."

And I think people who believe the Phakestinians are an actual nation are blind, to put it delicately.

Kerstein: "Now, there are some Israelis who say the Palestinian national identity didn’t exist until after 1948, which is not necessarily untrue. You can make the argument that Palestinian national identity as we know it is basically a product of the Nakba."

That's the best refutation of the claim of their existence. What national identity is built upon opposition to something? A national identity requires positive foundations, such as a history!

Kerstein: "To say they aren't a people doesn't strike me as an honorable argument."

You're not dealing with honorable people, Mr. Kerstein. When will Jews finally get it?!

Kerstein: "but I also have the right to say that they don't have the right to determine themselves upon the destruction of Israel."

But that's all they are, have been and will be about!

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Malcolm said...

The elephant in the room is Islam. How can you have a conversation regarding Israel and the Arabs without addressing Islam.

When will the Jews finally get it?


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