The Way It Looked in 1923

by Mark Chmiel

Any native people
(It’s all the same whether they are civilized or savage)
Views their country as their national home
Of which they will always be the complete masters

They will not voluntarily allow
Not only a new master
But even a new partner

And so it is for the Arabs
Compromisers in our midst attempt to convince us
That the Arabs are some kind of fools
Who can be tricked by a softened formulation of our goals
Or a tribe of money grubbers who will abandon their birth right to Palestine
For cultural and economic gains

I flatly reject this assessment of the Palestinian Arabs
Culturally they are 500 years behind us
Spiritually they do not have our endurance or our strength of will
But this exhausts all of the internal differences

We can talk as much as we want about our good intentions
But they understand as well as we what is not good for them
They look upon Palestine with the same instinctive love and true fervor
That any Aztec looked upon his Mexico
Or any Sioux looked upon his prairie

— adapted from Vladimir Jabotinsky, Revisionist Zionist

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