The Two State delusions…writes Michael Kuttner

October 28, 2016 by Michael Kuttner
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Hardly a day goes by when we are not bombarded with what has become infallible dogma from befuddled politicians, media and others who either wish we were not here anymore or are just mouthing politically correct slogans.

Michael Kuttner

Michael Kuttner

It is important to get this subject into some sort of perspective and strip away all the myths, misconceptions and plain old lies which seem to have multiplied as time goes by. In the complete absence of any semblance of historical veracity or current logic the repeated repetition of worn out ideas fulfills no discernible purpose. Given the total detachment from reality on the ground displayed by the multitude of international self-proclaimed experts who usually think they know what is best for us, it could well be a useful exercise to clarify some home truths.

These can basically be divided into two main subjects. First the legal facts as they pertain to another Palestinian Arab State and second some recent surprising developments which the media in general prefers to ignore.

One of the most revealing factors when this subject is reported is the complete absence of anything which might somehow negate the generally accepted narrative. In this respect we are faced with George Orwell’s version of double speak. In other words the agenda that the progressives of this world have set in place must be adhered to at all costs even if that means denying verifiable lies and assertions. It also means that those who dare to challenge the infallible and politically correct dogmas run the risk of being demonized, ridiculed and ostracized.

It is vital to understand that there has never been an Arab Palestinian independent country. There never was an ancient Palestinian-Arab nation. Arabs first arrived in the land of Israel/Judea with the Muslim invasion in 637 CE. Arabs first identified themselves as “Palestinians” in the 20th century, after the Six Day War. Claiming a 5,000 year old Palestinian nation is a historical lie. Nevertheless historical lies are trotted out on a daily basis. Just look at this bare-faced piece of revisionist history which the rest of the world prefers to ignore.

The legally binding San Remo Agreement approved Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria. In 1947 the UN, contradicting an internationally binding document, suggested partition of the mandated territory something which the Jews accepted and the Arabs (not for the last and only time) rejected. In 1948 and numerous times since then the Arabs resorted to terror and war in order to eliminate the Jewish State. Note that prior to 1967 there was never any mention of two States for two people simply because the aim was (and still is) the disappearance of Israel. There have been endless opportunities to establish an Arab Palestinian State since 1947, every one of them rejected by the very people allegedly yearning for one. If ever there was a confidence trick for which the craven international community has fallen for, this is it.

Enter the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which is a key component in this ongoing farce. From 1948 to 1967 this British artificially created country illegally occupied what is erroneously termed the “West Bank” and half of Jerusalem. During that period Jews were prohibited from worshipping at the Western Wall and in fact all trace of Jews, dead or alive, was eradicated. During this period there was neither a desire whatsoever to create a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its Capital, nor indeed had the fictitious Palestinians been invented. Jordan appointed itself as the guardians of the Islamic Holy places and treated the occupied part of Jerusalem as a neglected backwater of no special significance. Post 1967 witnessed the beginning of the most successful confidence trick in history when Arafat and friends wrote the Jews out of history and promoted the lie of a Palestinian 5,000 years yearning for a State in place of Israel. To add insult to injury the Jordanians still continue to claim themselves the guardians of religious freedom and together with Abbas peddle nonsensical resolutions at international forums which write Jews and Judaism out of any connection to places which are so obviously an integral part of our history.

In a nutshell therefore given international agreements and Arab rejections thereof, no legal basis for the creation of another failed State on territory allocated to Jewish settlement should be contemplated.

Now, some rather telling recent developments which reinforce the argument that the much touted second State already exists. For those who cannot and will not accept reality there may be disquieting moments in store because things are occurring which in the not too distant future will undermine previously held beliefs.

First and foremost the Palestinian Authority is sinking under the weight of nepotism, corruption, mismanagement and tribal infighting.

Some donor countries are slowly waking up to the belated realization that their aid is being hijacked for nefarious purposes such as paying pensions to terrorists and their families and the aggrandizement of a few while the masses and refugees suffer deliberate neglect and deprivation.

Second, demographically Jordan has in effect already become the long “lost” Arab Palestinian State and in a short while events will make it clear that this is where it is going to be permanently situated.

In a startling yet telling opinion poll it was revealed this week that 46% of Palestinian Arabs support confederation with Jordan rather than the much touted two State idea peddled by all and sundry. In 1988 in what is known as the Fakk al-Irtibat or disengagement (from Judea and Samaria), Jordan officially announced that it no longer considered this territory to be part of the Hashemite Kingdom. In actual fact it hadn’t been part of Jordan since 1967 and prior to that was illegally occupied by them but like so much in the Arab world reality played no part. In 1988 therefore they washed their hands of it and preferred instead to peddle the false notion of a separate Arab State in the midst of Israel. Meanwhile in a speech ignored by most, Abbas admitted that the Jordanians and the “Palestinians” are “one people.” It does not take a genius to thus work out exactly where the solution to the current impasse lies.

The actions and statements of the PA reinforce and prove that yet another failed terror State in our midst is something which cannot be allowed to happen. If further proof was needed it was provided again this week by what occurred in my home town. During the Festival of Tabernacles (Succot) the Mayor of Efrat invited individuals from a neighbouring Arab village to afternoon tea in the Succah of the Mayor. It should be pointed out that at least 70% of this village finds employment in our town and relations are friendly. In other words a model of what could be achieved if the fundamentalists, fanatics and haters were denied a veto. Four brave residents of this Arab village fronted up and partook of the Mayor’s hospitality with mutual exchange of ideas about peace and good will. They had no hesitation in having their photos taken by the media and expressed a sincere desire to live in peace and harmony with Israelis to the mutual benefit of all concerned. So far so good.

Lo and behold as soon as the story broke and they returned to their village they were arrested by security officials of the Palestinian Arab Authority and taken to be “interrogated” by them in Bethlehem. Their alleged crime? Consorting with “child killers” and the enemy according to official statements. This not unsurprising situation dramatically encapsulates and illustrates why a two State solution is pie in the sky nonsense. Anyone who thinks for a moment that the gangsters in charge of any such entity would be prepared to live in peace and tolerance with their Jewish neighbours is suffering from irredeemable hallucinations. Tellingly, those NGO’s which are proudly funded by the New Israel Fund and spend their time shmutzing Israel internationally remained conspicuously silent while these four peace seeking Arab villagers were incarcerated and subject to who knows what indignities. Pressure finally succeeded in having these individuals released but the lessons should be clear.

The bottom line could not be simpler. The establishment of a terror entity in our very midst with half of our Capital in their murderous hands is totally contrary to existing legally binding agreements. It is a life threatening nightmare and a blank cheque for lethal and murderous mayhem against the citizens of the Jewish State. Moreover a ready-made country already exists of which at least 70% consider themselves “Palestinians.”

The sooner the rest of the world and some of our own politicians wise up to the fact that Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria have been and will always be part of the Jewish homeland, the better.

Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel and is J-Wire’s correspondent in the region.


10 Responses to “The Two State delusions…writes Michael Kuttner”
  1. Lewis Chiat says:

    Whichever way you look at it there are 2.5 million Arabs who live in the West Bank/Judea and Samaria and were living there prior to 1967 or were born in that area after then. Does Michael Kuttner propose that they be given full citizenship of a greater Israel incorporating this area?

    • Michael Kuttner says:

      Lewis, these population figures for Arabs living in Judea & Samaria are wildly inflated. It has always been part of the Arab disinformation campaign to exaggerate facts. Usually unreported in the general media is the fact that especially over the last few years the rate of emigration of Arabs from these areas has increased greatly and also the birth rate has dropped and is now surpassed by the Jewish birth rate. Factor in the prospect that given economic incentives many more Arabs will find it more lucrative and attractive to voluntarily move to other places.

      Do you not find it rather bizarre that Abbas can boldly state that his Palestinian State will be devoid of any Jews and nobody says boo? We have an Arab population living among us yet when the prospect of voluntary emigration is mentioned there is a knee jerk reaction.

      I think it is called hypocritical double standards.

  2. Yirmiyahu Natan says:

    Mr. Kuttner’s theme of delusions is indeed most apt however he fails to notice that it is he himself who best embodies this issue.

    Clinging on to the San Remo Resolution as a drowning man grasping a small piece of wood in the midst of the ocean, Mr. Kuttner has yet again proved that he is a master of presenting only the facts that, to his reasoning, prove his case while at the same time ignoring both reality and honesty.

    Having so passionately presented the case claiming the validity even today of the San Remo Resolution, I would at least expect Mr. Kuttner to read and uphold its main stipulation “…in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that *nothing* shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine…”
    Is Mr. Kuttner then a supporter of the One-State solution as proposed in the San Remo Resolution whereby Jews and non-Jews alike are accorded full civil rights such as the right to elect members of the Knesset? Naturally he is in favour of no such thing but rather, behaving with intellectual dishonesty, he selects and discards the Resolution’s words to suit his argument.

    The second and equally damning undermining of Mr. Kuttner’s argument is simply that any child can easily see that reality on the ground no longer bears any resemblance to that of 90 years ago. The San Remo Resolution, however attached Mr. Kuttner has become to it, is as practically valid today as the desire to stop the world spinning..
    What Israel needs today is courageous leadership that will, if necessary, take unilateral action to ensure the continued existence of both a Jewish and democratic State of Israel. Unfortunately, Mr. Kuttner’s delusions, however amusing, bring us no closer to this objective.

    • Michael Kuttner says:

      The problem faced by critics such as Yirmiyahu Natan is that their rose colored spectacles have lost their glow as Islamic terror and hate incitement is the order of the day. We have to face the situation as we face it now and not wallow in some hallucinatory vision which short of the the arrival of the Messianic age will not occur.

      Israel has proven over the last 70 years or so that tolerant Moslems can live in harmony with Jews in Israel and those who have accepted this are full citizens of the Jewish State. It is those who having had their minds poisoned by years of incitement, hate and delegitimization, dedicate their lives to becoming jihad martyrs and denying any Jewish connection to Israel. What normal country would agree to a group of people living in their midst who deny the validity of the country’s very existence? Why should Jews be the exception, unless of course like some, they have suicidal tendencies and a galut mentality which leads them to acquiesce to their own demise?

      • Yirmiyahu Natan says:

        “What normal country would agree to a group of people living in their midst who deny the validity of the country’s very existence?”

        Thank you very much for proving my point – As I wrote in my previous comment, in order to ensure its continued existence as a “normal” Jewish and democratic country, Israel must unilaterally erect a border leaving the majority of those rejecting Israel’s right to exist to build their own country on the other side.
        The galut mentality that you refer to us being perfectly executed by the current government who have buried their heads in the sand, waiting for a miracle or the problem to simply go away.

    • david singer says:


      Pity you did not complete reproducing the “main stipulation” you quoted in the Mandate – which correctly states (in full):

      “… in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country;”

      As you will note:

      Firstly – the correct word is “should” – not “shall”

      Secondly – The end of the statement you somehow omitted to include made clear that “Civil and religious rights” did not include political rights for the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine (note also no mention of “Palestinians” or even “Palestinian Arabs”) – just 0.1% of the conquered Ottoman Empire territory.


      Because Arab political rights were to be established in the 99.99% of the conquered Ottoman Empire territory covered by the Mandates for Syria and Lebanon, and Mesopotamia.

      This policy was further extended when Arab political rights in 78% of Palestine (today called Jordan) were provided for under article 25 of the Mandate in September 1922.

      The decisions taken at San Remo and by all three Mandates are as alive and kicking today as the Hague Conventions in 1899 and 1907 and the Commonwealth of Australia Constituiton Act 1900.

      Relying on PLO misinformation will get you nowhere.

      • Yirmiyahu Natan says:


        I don’t know which kind of English you learned as a child but the English I speak allows for interchangeable use of the words “shall” and “should”.
        Only naeivety or dishonesty could(or ccan if you wish) lead to an interpretation of “civil and religious” rights that denies the basic right of a vote accorded to all citizens.
        I gather that you have joined Mr. Kuttner in refusing to take current reality into account.

        • David Singer says:


          English cannot be your first language if you cannot tell the difference between ” should” and “shall”

          More importantly – why did you change the specific wording of the Mandate twice?

          Misrepresenting and misleading readers in this fashion is reprehensible.

          Not much point in responding to you in the circumstances.

          An apology by you is certainly called for.

  3. Lynne Newington says:

    I would like to know whether this fits in or not somewhere in between…..

  4. Howard A Levin says:

    Michael Kuttner understands the truth about the “palestinians” and has a command of history that few others have. Michael is a wonderful spokesman for the State of Israel and I wish the
    State of Israel were able to use him and his insightful gifts to the maximum advantage to advance an understanding of the State of Israel everywhere. Howard A Levin

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