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Dec 5, 2023Liked by Joshua Hoffman

I think that the most damaging error in Israel's feeble efforts at hasbara was the failure to hammer away at the accusation of "occupying Palestinian land." The land never belonged to any sort of Arab entity known as "Palestine," and the so-called "Palestinians" were mainly the descendants of Arab guest-workers who arrived after the Jews had developed sufficient infrastructure for life to begin again in a desolate land. There are so many holes in the Nakba/Occupation narrative that it could have been demolished and ridiculed into oblivion if Israel had only made the slightest effort. Instead, the Arabs repeated the Big Lie everywhere every time they spoke, and the Jews limited themselves to writing scholarly books and articles in academic journals. And so, today, we find ourselves in a situation where "everyone knows" that the Jews were colonizers who stole the land from the indigenous Palestinian people.

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Dec 5, 2023Liked by Joshua Hoffman

This article by Melanie Phillips was very interesting to me. She cites all the legal reasons, agreements, conventions proving Israel's legal rights to Gaza and Judea and Samaria as nonnegotiable parts of Israel:

https://melaniephillips.substack.com/p/why-israel-is-entitled-in-law-to?utm_source=substack&publication_id=77655&post_id=139302938&utm_medium=email&utm_content=share&utm_campaign=email-share&triggerShare=true&isFreemail=true&r=1ripb

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Dec 5, 2023Liked by Joshua Hoffman

I've always felt that Egypt, Syria, and Jordan were so confident that they would defeat Israel and didn't, they've never gotten over that loss. For me, it's a misnomer to call them "occupied" since they were won during wars. If that's true, then the English, Spanish, French, and the US have all been occupiers, through invasions. I know it's always different for Jews. Rules never apply to them as they do to everyone else, which is very evident with the war presently going on. Just my opinion, but Israel cannot be held hostage by Hamas using the hostages for leverage. How many of them are Israelis? How many are still alive or in good physical condition? It is a very sad situation, but Israel's tough decision has to be regardless of the hostage situation, it must call Hamas's bluff and continue to defeat this evil. If there is anymore compromise, the people and State of Israel will be at risk. As you've shown quite clearly in your article, there is no peacemaking for any of these Arab countries and so called leaders.

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Dec 5, 2023Liked by Joshua Hoffman

I’m curious, when the Jews who populated the Sinai peninsula after 1967 and then left after Israel returned it, was it a big fight? I mean, did the Israeli government have a hard time doing that (and also did they have a hard time during Gush Katif)? I’m sadly too ignorant about the history.

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