The dictator of Libya, Muammar Qaddafi, known to Americans for helping in the Lockerbie and Berlin Disco bombings, has come out with an op-ed piece in the New York Times which is not overtly hostile to Israel.I was shocked myself, but when was the last time an Arab leader (except Mithal al-Alusi) has not spoken pure vitriol about Israel over the Palestinian issue. For example:
The basis for the modern State of Israel is the persecution of the Jewish people, which is undeniable. The Jews have been held captive, massacred, disadvantaged in every possible fashion by the Egyptians, the Romans, the English, the Russians, the Babylonians, the Canaanites and, most recently, the Germans under Hitler. The Jewish people want and deserve their homeland.
Israel was founded by something other than malice and tyranny? And Qaddafi is saying this?
Not to mention:It is important to note that the Jews did not forcibly expel Palestinians. They were never “un-welcomed.” and Assimilation is already a fact of life in Israel. There are more than one million Muslim Arabs in Israel; they possess Israeli nationality and take part in political life with the Jews, forming political parties.
And his solution?
A two-state solution will create an unacceptable security threat to Israel. An armed Arab state, presumably in the West Bank, would give Israel less than 10 miles of strategic depth at its narrowest point. Further, a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip would do little to resolve the problem of refugees. Any situation that keeps the majority of Palestinians in refugee camps and does not offer a solution within the historical borders of Israel/Palestine is not a solution at all.
Wow. Just wow.