The Arabs of the British Palestinian Mandate were offered a state in 1947 and they refused. They did not regard themselves as a Palestinian nationality at the time. The Arab nations fought a war to destroy Israel and asked the Arab inhabitants to leave so their invading armies would not have to worry about causing civilian casualties to their own side. The concept of a Palestinian people was invented twenty years later in the mid- 1960s when the PLO was formed. The first president of the PLO, Yassir Arafat, was born in Egypt, like many of the “Palestinians” who immigrated from neighboring territory. The Palestinians have been offered a state numerous times and have refused each time and never made a counteroffer. Their whole raison d’etre is not to have a state of their own, but rather to be a constant thorn to bring down Israel. At this point, the Arabs nations are looking nervously at the threat of the Shia Persians and are seeing they have common cause with the Israelis in countering this existential threat. In that context, the Palestinian ploy is rapidly becoming a strategy that has outlived its usefulness. They need to make a deal now while they still have a chance to do so.

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