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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 16, 2009 / 24 Sivan 5769

‘Palestinians’: Never Missing an Opportunity …

By Richard Z. Chesnoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Maybe it's time to inscribe it high on the walls of Jerusalem. I'm talking about that old Abba Eban line :"The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity".


Here's Israel's right-wing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, admittedly responding to pressure from Washington but finally admitting in public that he believes the best solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict lies in establishing two independent states in the Holy Land: the existing Jewish one and a new, sovereign but demilitarized Palestinian Arab state on the West Bank, eventually joined to the Gaza Strip. Let's sit down and negotiate, says Bibi. Let's co-exist in peace.


So what do the Palestinians do? They rant and rave and summarily reject his proposals. . "Netanyahu's speech was very clear" insists chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat . "He rejects the two-state solution."


As they say on Saturday Night Live, "Really? Did he? I don't think so!"


So just what do the Palestinians — who have rejected every Palestinian partition/peace plan ever offered them since the 1920s — object to now?


For starters, like the vast majority of the Mideast's Arabs, the Palestinians still steadfastly refuse to accept the very idea of a Jewish state in the Middle East. As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek put it, "Netanyahu's demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state is ruining the chance for peace."


Excuse me — what do Mubarek and the rest of the Arabs think Israel is?


It was dreamed of, conceived of and built to be a Jewish state. "The right to establish our sovereign state here…", Netanyahu said in his speech, "arises from one simple fact: the Land of Israel is the birthplace of the Jewish people."


What's more, it's not a new idea. It was clearly defined by Israel's founding fathers in their May 14, 1948 Tel Aviv declaration of independence. "We hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, to be known as the State of Israel".


That's what it says in black and white (or blue and white). Since then, more than 160 nations in the world (including Egypt and Jordan) have recognized this Jewish state of Israel and/or established diplomatic ties with it. And the Jewish State of Israel has been a member of the United Nations since 1949.


Palestinians will argue that their adamant refusal to admit the obvious is more than just stubborn ideology. As they see it, by recognizing a "Jewish state" the Palestinians negate any "right of return" for the families of 600,000 or so Palestinian refugees who fled from what is now Israel in 1948.


Yes and no. Fact is, most of the Palestinian Arabs who actually fled 62 years ago are either old or deceased. And clearly Israel will never agree to allowing untold millions of their descendants to be "repatriated" to Israel proper, thus totally demolishing Israel's demographic balance and destroying the Jewish nature of the Jewish state — which, just by chance, happens to remain the ultimate Arab goal.


That doesn't mean that many of these remaining refugees and their descendants can't be repatriated to the future Palestinian state — just as most of the 800,000 Jews who fled Arab lands between 1947 and 1967, leaving everything they owned behind, have been resettled in the Jewish state. Nor is there any reason why mutual compensation agreements can not be worked out for lands and property lost by both sides.


The bottom line is that the Arab world must settle the bulk of this nagging refugee problem within the Arab world — not in Israel whose total land mass of 12,877 square miles remains a tiny fraction of the 8,368,272 square miles that comprise the 21 Arab countries surrounding the Jewish state.


Let's face it. Why has every major post war refugee problem in the world been settled except for the Palestinian one? You know the reason: the Arab states have never wanted to settle it. With the exception of Jordan, no single Arab state has ever offered citizenship to Palestinian Arabs, preferring instead to maintain them as political fodder, locked in refugee camps, surviving on the international dole and the political wet dream of destroying the Jewish state..


The other excuse the Palestinians give for their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is that it will somehow weaken the standing of that 20% of Israel's population that is not Jewish but Israeli-Arab. These are the descendants of those Palestinian Arabs who wisely chose not to run in 1948. They already know — even if many of them don't always like it — that Israel is a Jewish state. They also know that while their growing minority has not always enjoyed full equality with its Jewish compatriots, Israeli Arab citizens of the Jewish state — Christian and Muslim — still enjoy more benefits, more democracy and more freedom than Arabs anywhere else in the Middle East.


Here's something else to mull over. Arab Christian populations are rapidly shrinking throughout the region — the Christian population of Bethlehem has gone from 90% to less than 25%; in Lebanon it has dropped from 60% to 27%. The only place in the Middle East where Christian Arab communities are expanding is in the Jewish state of Israel where since 1949, the year after Israel's birth, the number of Israeli Arab Christians has grown by an astonishing 345%!


Palestinian naysayers also complain that Netanyahu's insistence that Jerusalem will not be re-divided is another monumental block to peace. Yet it has been only under Israeli control that the Holy City developed and became open to worshipers of all faiths — Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Nor should Israel's insistence that a Palestinian state be demilitarized stand in the way. Internal Palestinian violence is growing. Besides, what should Israel do — allow the West Bank to be turned into the same kind of rocket launching pad for Palestinian terrorist groups that Gaza became when Israel voluntarily withdrew from that benighted territory?


President Obama twisted Netanyah's arm enough to produce Sunday's two-state acceptance speech. Now's the time for the administration to start twisting Palestinian arms — before they and we miss another opportunity.

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JWR contributor and veteran journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff was Senior Correspondent at US News & World Report, and is now a columnist at the NY Daily News and the Huffington Post. A two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and a recipient of the National Press Club Award, he was formerly executive editor of Newsweek International. The paperback edition of his critically acclaimed book, "Pack of Thieves: How Hitler & Europe Plundered the Jews & Committed the Greatest Theft in History" is now on sale. (Click on cover above to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.

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