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'The Palestinian Delusion' Untangles a Web of Fashionable Lies (Opinion)

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Chances are that if you know a college student, he or she believes these things: Israel exists on stolen land. Israelis are all just Europeans, anyway. The true inhabitants of the land that is called Israel today are the Palestinians, and their country is Palestine. The Israeli occupation is cruel, and marked by numerous human rights abuses perpetrated against the innocent Palestinians. One day, the occupation will end, and from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.

But fervently and passionately believed falsehoods are still just falsehoods. And now, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Islam and jihad, and author of the unique and groundbreaking The History of Jihad, has turned to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and delivered a concise but comprehensive refutation of all the false claims about this conflict that prevail today on college campuses and elsewhere. In the sharp and factual book The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process, historian Robert Spencer untangles the web of lies that envelop all discussion of this conflict in the international media, and gives us the unvarnished (and often unwelcome) truth.

One thing that nobody ever seems to wonder about is why this conflict is still going on so many decades after some of the most renowned and respected leaders in the world began to devote concerted efforts to ending it. Why has every one of the numerous attempts to bring peace failed, and failed consistently for seven decades now? In The Palestinian Delusion, Spencer answers that question and many others about this intractable dispute, and in the process, establishes definitively that Israel, contrary to the claims of so many among the academic, political, and media elites, not only has a right to exist, but has the best claim of any country to the supposedly occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza.

From the beginning of this book to its end, Spencer provides copious quotations of the primary actors in this ongoing drama, thereby providing a straight-from-the-horse’s-mouth account that would be difficult, and likely impossible, to refute. He explains not only why every attempt at hitting upon an agreement that will enable Israelis and Palestinians to live side by side in peace has failed, but also why they were doomed to fail from the start. He elucidates the key and almost totally overlooked element of this dispute that foredoomed all negotiations to failure, except insofar as they served as stepping stones to get the Palestinians what they wanted.

Pursuing the question of why the negotiations were all foredoomed leads one straight into Islamic doctrine, and here The Palestinian Delusion intersects with and complements Spencer’s earlier work, which includes not just The History of Jihad, but a guide to the Qur’an, a biography of Muhammad, and much more. The Palestinian Delusion lays bare the Islamic beliefs and assumptions that preclude any peaceful agreement with the Jewish state that would allow that state to live in peace on an indefinite basis – not just the many antisemitic passages of the Qur’an, but the Qur’anic imperative to “drive them out from where they drove you out” (2:191).

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At that point The Palestinian Delusion takes an ironic turn, for Spencer shows that it isn’t actually true at all that the Israelis drove the Palestinians from their land. On the contrary, he illustrates from numerous sources that the Arab Higher Committee actually ordered the Muslim Arabs of Palestine to leave the area, in anticipation of what the Committee thought would be a swift victory over the nascent state of Israel in 1948.

That victory was not to be, and the Palestinian “refugee” crisis was born, to be artificially kept alive over the decades by the United Nations and the Arab states bordering upon Israel, so as to provide a perpetual foundation for grievances against Israel and challenges to its very existence.

The Palestinian Delusion proves conclusively that the entire dispute is not, as most Western leaders assume, about land, and will not be solved by the creation of a Palestinian state. It is, rather, an Islamic imperative that Israel must be destroyed – hence the chant about freeing “Palestine” from the river to the sea, that is, destroying Israel utterly.

Not all people will find The Palestinian Delusion to be a book that tells them what they want to hear. But it does tell the truth, the truth that all too many people (particularly on college and university campuses) do not want to hear. That is all the more reason why this book should be heard, and heeded.

Steve Gruber is host of the nationally syndicated TV & radio program “The Steve Gruber Show,” seen on America’s Voice News and heard of radio stations across America.

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