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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 02:10 PM
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55. The area was ruled by the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire
picked the wrong side in WWI -- and lost. At the end of the Ottoman Empire, the victors took the spoils including Palestine. Palestine was granted to the British who had the same right to do with the land what they wanted as the Ottoman Empire had before them. Under English law, ultimately the land belongs to the sovereign.

In the U.S., the Constitution gives us the right to just compensation when the government takes our land. That is not necessarily the law elsewhere.

When Mark Twain visited the TransJordan/Palestine/Israel area in the late 19th century, he commented that it was mostly uninhabited.

The population of the Palestinians has skyrocketed in recent decades. Now, mind you, in the U.S., the population declined during the Depression. It is normal for population to decline in times of economic duress. But not in Palestine. Sorry. But I am very cynical about the Palestinians. My father was very concerned about Palestinians in the 1950s and 1960s. They were given a lot of assistance, but they did not use it for positive purposes. They are mired in bitterness and the desire for revenge, violent revenge. I came to my own opinion that they need to help themselves and stop whining to the rest of the world. Israel is a reality. The Palestinians have made their situation worse by weeping on the shoulders of the world, complaining constantly and stirring up violence against Israel. They should work with the world and with Israel to make the area a safe place for themselves, their children and all in the area. It's called winning friends and influencing people. I remind you that my father volunteered in the U.S. to support programs that
aided the Palestinians, and he did that early on. I am cynical about their plight. They are their own worst enemies.
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