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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Palestinian State Led by Arabs Would be Another Failed Arab State

Unusually insightful and candid remarks from Dubai Security Chief

 Dahi Khalfan Tamim
Chief of Dubai Police Dahi Khalfan Tamim.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Bi-national not two-state solution

The Head of General Security for the Dubai Emirate, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, has stated that Palestinians should abandon their aspiration for an independent state and merge with Israeli Jews in a united, bi-national state instead.

In a series of remarks published on his Twitter account Monday afternoon, Tamim attempted to garner support for his idea, claiming that a Palestinian state led by Arabs would join the list of failed states in the Arab world. 

According to Tamim, the dream of such a state will never come true, since "Israel will only recognize Palestine if Palestinians become part of it."

Tamim controversially stated: "I suggest relinquishing the idea of a Palestinian state and being satisfied with an Israeli state that would include both Israelis and Palestinians and join the Arab League."

"Today, the Jews are heading the world's economy, without the Jews you Arabs would not have known how to deposit your money in the bank," Tamim continued.

Did he just call his own race stupid? Disregarding the accuracy of that, I don't think this is going to go down well with other Arabs.

In light of what he described as Arab incompetence in running a state and the distinguished economic talents of Jews, Tamim claimed that a joint Jewish-Palestinian state will only prosper under Israeli leadership.

"Without the Jews you Arabs would not have
known how to deposit your money in the bank"

However, according to his thesis, this bi-national state would ultimately become an Arab state, where Jews will be a minority, as Jewish citizens in the Arab world are.

"Seventy years after the bi-national state would be established, the Arab minority would become the majority and rule the state, just like it happened in South Africa," Tamim tweeted.

And then Israel will become a failed state.

In another tweet that spurred controversy, the Dubai security chief wrote: "We should not treat Jews as our enemies. We should treat them as cousins with whom we have a controversy over land inheritance. "

In order to test the feasibility of his idea, Tamim asked his Twitter followers if they think Palestinians and Jews can live together in an Israeli-ruled state. Not surprisingly, 57 percent of the followers answered that "'Jews have no place in our country."

I'm surprised that it's only 57%. I would have thought 97% to be more likely. Would Israel consider such a solution? I think it's unlikely, at least in the short term. With more than half the Palestinians wanting the Jews gone, security would be a nightmare. And then there is the problem of creeping Islamization.