It was bad enough that “Paradise Now” was nominated for an Oscar. But then the official Academy Awards website listed the film’s country of origin as “Palestine.” This sparked protests from Israeli officials since no state of Palestine exists.
“Unfortunately, Israel often concedes the struggle over terminology and then pays the price in negotiations later,” asserts Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the UN. He points to the widespread application of the phrase “occupied territories” rather than “disputed territories” to the West Bank and Gaza.
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, asks: Why would Palestinians compromise if they feel they are “getting everything,” including international recognition, already?
Palestine does not exist, folks.
It used to, but so did Biafra. I don’t hear AP or Reuters or the United Nations refer to Biafra which only existed as a break-away secessionist state from Nigeria, for around two years from May 30, 1967, to Jan. 15, 1970. How come no one refers to Biafra but everyone, including Jews, refer to “Palestine” as if it already existed as a state? Is “Palestine” a kleptocracy? You better believe it. But is it a legitimate and sovereign nation? Nope. And it never was. Never.