‘This was never Palestinian land’

Israel National News reports: “Zionist Organization of America chief Morton Klein ridiculed claims that Israel has ‘occupied’ Judea and Samaria, telling supporters at the ZOA annual gala Sunday night in New York that no Palestinian nation ever existed.

‘This was never their sovereign land,’ said Klein. ‘And if it was their sovereign land, how could it be that they would have named it ‘Palestine’ – a Roman name, not an Arab name? We [the ZOA] are the only significant organization making it clear to Congress and the media and in public speeches that there is no occupation. This is holy Jewish land, it has never been sovereign Arab land.’

In addition, Klein noted, Israel has withdrawn from nearly all Arab population centers in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, granting autonomy to the overwhelming majority of Arabs in those areas.

‘There are many falsehoods in the world being perpetrated against Israel. I’ll only mention one – besides Apartheid and that Jerusalem is holy to Muslims, a total falsehood – this nonsense of occupation. Is there really an occupation now?’

‘Israel has given away all of Gaza, 40% of Judea and Samaria. That’s where 98% of the Palestinians live. They have their own parliament, schools, textbooks, newspapers, radio stations, TV, businesses, police force. There is no occupation.’…”

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