Imagine for a moment that the French government called for the expulsion of all Arabs from France, claiming it was their ancestral home and the very sight of an Arab -- civilian or soldier - would be unacceptable.
The media would be in uproar; the United Nations would call a special session; there would be calls for boycotts; the statement would be condemned as racist and genocidal by all right-thinking governments and peoples.
Yet Mahmoud Abbas said the same thing about Israelis Monday and no one seems to care. No condemnation, no outrage, just a huge shrug.
Here's what he said in Egypt, according to Reuters.
"In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands," Abbas said in a briefing to mostly Egyptian journalists.Notice that he says "civilian or soldier." Abbas is not only making a statement about Israel withdrawing its military presence from Judea and Samaria. He says that he does not want a single Israeli Jew in his new state.
The Nazis said something similar during World War II. They said Jews have no right to live in their country, or countries they occupied, and methodically went about killing them.
Yet today, at the beginning of so-called peace talks, the Palestinian leader says something very much Nazi-like and everyone ignores it, as if it is natural he would say such a thing.
It goes to show that the world has learned very little over the past 68 years and all those who say Israel should not be bothered by Palestinian hatred of Jews are dead wrong