The Notion of a Palestinian “Nation” is Now Dead

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In this video I explain how the notion of a palestinian nation was born dead, yet now, after Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it is totally dead.

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    Eda Spinka

    (December 29, 2017 - 11:43 am)

    This video gets interrupted after a few seconds and it is impossible to listen to it.

    David Hersch

    (December 29, 2017 - 12:23 pm)

    What Moti Kadar has to say is most interesting, important and significant. Ignore the amateur interviewer with the crappy high pitched voice and no interviewing technique whatsoever.

      Jeremy Pinsker

      (December 31, 2017 - 11:05 am)

      Avi Abelow tries hard. Lay off his voice and style. It isn’t nice


    (December 29, 2017 - 12:55 pm)

    Amazing, what a difference a president makes.
    Obummer = Anti-Semite, muslim Brotherhood sympathizer, Israel hater, Darth Vader
    Trump = Sunshine, daylight, fresh air, Pragmatist, mentch

      valerie nissim

      (January 1, 2018 - 7:35 am)

      I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments. Bravo !!!!!


    (December 29, 2017 - 1:10 pm)

    Makes sense, but sadly far too many countries and especially the arabs themselves do not see/understand this.

    Coral Searle

    (December 29, 2017 - 1:33 pm)

    Tribal culture does NOT equate to any Nationalism. ‘Palestine’ and ‘Palestinians” does NOT exist on Earth. Thank you for confirming my understanding Dr Kedar. Excellent value in your talk.

    Dolores Testerman

    (December 29, 2017 - 4:10 pm)

    TRIPLE EXCELLENT!!!!!! Shared 2 X already!!! gonna rewind it!

    YJ Draiman

    (December 29, 2017 - 6:22 pm)

    Supreme Muslim Council: Temple Mount is Jewish

    Click here for the 1925 Temple Mount Guide.

    The widely-disseminated Arab Muslim position that the Temple Mount is not Jewish has been debunked – by the Supreme Muslim Council (Waqf) of Jerusalem, in a Temple Mount guide published in 1925.

    Wakf guidebook, 1925, cover
    The Temple Institute

    Guidebook Puts the Lie to Current Arab Campaign In 1997, the chief Muslim cleric of the Palestinian Authority, Mufti Ikrama Sabri, stated, “The claim of the Jews to the right over [Jerusalem] is false, and we recognize nothing but an entirely Islamic Jerusalem under Islamic supervision…”

    Thus began a campaign to convince the world that the millennia-old natural association between Jerusalem and Jews was untrue. As Islamic Movement chief Raed Salah stated in 2006, “We remind, for the 1,000th time, that the entire Al-Aqsa mosque [on the Temple Mount], including all of its area and alleys above the ground and under it, is exclusive and absolute Muslim property, and no one else has any rights to even one grain of earth in it.”

    However, it is now known that this “absolute” Muslim claim is actually not as absolute as claimed. In fact, back in 1925, the Supreme Muslim Council – also known as the Waqf, which has overseen Temple Mount activities on behalf of the Muslim religion for hundreds of years – boasted proudly that the site was none other than that of Solomon’s Temple.

    The Jerusalem-based Temple Institute ( reports that it has acquired a copy of the official 1925 Supreme Muslim Council Guide Book to Al-Haram Al-Sharif (the Muslim name for the Temple Mount). On page 4, the Waqf states, “Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which ‘David built there an altar unto the L-rd…’, citing the source in 2 Samuel XXIV,25.

    Wakf guidebook, 1925, excerpt close-up
    The Temple Institute

    In addition, on page 16, the pamphlet makes reference to the underground area in the south-east corner of the Mount, which is refers to as Solomon’s Stables. “Little is known for certain of the history of the chamber itself,” the guide reads. “It dates probably as far back as the construction of Solomon’s Temple. According to Josephus, it was in existence and was used as a place of refuge by the Jews at the time of the conquest of Jerusalem by Titus in the year 70 A.D.”

    The Temple Mount in Jerusalem was in fact the site of the two Jewish Holy Temples which stood for nearly 1,000 years (see below).

    Wakf guidebook, 1925, excerpt
    The Temple Institute

    YJ Draiman

    (December 29, 2017 - 6:36 pm)

    Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria is Jewish territory – No Annexation is required
    If anything it may need to be re-incorporated or re-patriated and sovereignty applied and treated like any other territory in Israel.
    Let me pose an interesting scenario. If you had a country and it was conquered by foreign powers over a period of time. After many years you have taken back you country and land in various defensive wars. Do you have to officially annex those territories? It was always your territory and by retaking control and possession of your territory it is again your original property and there is no need to annex it. The title to your property is valid today as it was many years before.
    Annexation only applies when you are taking over territory that was never yours to begin with, just like some European countries annexed territories of other countries.
    YJ Draiman

    Jews hold title to the Land of Greater Israel even if outnumbered a million to one.
    The fact that more foreigners than Jews occupied the Land of Israel during certain periods of time does not diminish true ownership. If my house is invaded by a family
    Which is ten times larger that mine does that obviate my true ownership? The Jewish people have a continuous habitation of the Land of Israel for over 3,500 years.

    Jewish roots and rights to all the land of Greater Israel are stronger than ever!
    “If I am turned out of hearth and home and remain outside one night, I am legally entitled to return the following day. If I suffer for ten, twenty, five thousand or fifty thousand nights, does my right of return stand in inverse relationship to the length of my exile? Quite the contrary; my right to return and recover my freedom becomes stronger in direct proportion to what I have endured, not by virtue of some abstract arithmetic, but because of the nights spent in exile, and because I want my children, to be spared a similar experience.”
    YJ Draiman

    Ssylvai Assouine

    (December 29, 2017 - 9:06 pm)

    Please send this message to the French newspaper Le Monde, a newspaper full of filth as are the politics of the Elysee and the French most despicable anti Jewish department of Foreign Affairs located at . Please send this message, if it is not already done to the KGB which created the rotten people of b a l e s t I n I a n s. As well as to the 159 states which recently voted against Israel at the UN These 159 states are full of illiterate ignoramus anti-Semite sucking up to the arabs for free gasoline. The latters are to be snubbed by Israel until they make mea-culpa. Especially relay as well the Ms May of England who forgot that the Nazis killed the and the British did not give them a chance to live. Remember the hangings of Jewish youth in Jewish Palestine. She should remember Cyprus DP camps. And the ship EXODUS. Shame, shame on her and her government.


    (December 29, 2017 - 9:52 pm)

    Big fan of yours but sounds like you are talking about Hasidic Jews who live in enclaves.


    (December 30, 2017 - 12:50 pm)

    Isn’t this way of nullifying Jewish nationalism and taking out the Jewish heart – part of the Muslim psyche since the establishment of Islam?
    After all, Islam means submission and obedience to the one God. A Muslim is one who submits to God, therefore the Qur’an states that the Jewish prophets from thousands of years before were Muslims; “He named you Muslims before and in this.”
    Consequently everything Jewish in the Holy Land became theirs: the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron was built on the Cave of the Patriarchs where Abraham and Sara, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah are buried in a cave that was purchased by Abraham to become the family tomb (contract of sale recorded in the Book of Genesis). The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque were built upon Judaism’s holiest site, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, because it is holy to the Jews.
    The so-called “Palestinian people” and their dream to establish a “Palestinian” state with its capital Jerusalem is exactly the same. In the same way that they took out prophets and maintain that God has “chosen Islam as your way of life” they tried to nullify Judaism and everything Jewish.
    I see a similarity of the use in the word “Islam” and the word “Palestine.” The mere use of the title “Palestine” is used as trickery to indoctrinate their people into believing that the new terminology re-invented by the British is their link to the Holy Land of 2400 years ago!
    It is mind boggling to think that their foundation is based on lies and deception…

    Eli Ginsburg

    (December 30, 2017 - 8:54 pm)


    Mellany McKenzie

    (January 1, 2018 - 5:22 am)

    Well said!

    Dr. Kedar gives a way out, I wonder though, how many people will take it?


    Hannah w

    (January 1, 2018 - 8:19 pm)

    Dr. Kedar,
    Very enlightening lecture! But there’s something I don’t get:

    What happened to the Arab attachment to “homeland” during the 1920s when Arabs voluntarily migrated from their villages to take advantage of better economic opportunities? I believe you also once mentioned that Palestinian family/clan names show that they originally came from locations all over the Middle East.

    Even Hamas minister Fathi Hammad famously raved on Egyptian TV (2012) that “half the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis”… so how did they become so attached to some particular “homeland” village in Ottoman-ruled Palestine, when they should have seen themselves as “exiles” from that first “homeland” was hundreds of kilometers away?

    Gary Epstein

    (January 1, 2018 - 11:06 pm)

    This discussion of the idea of tribes and clans showing much resistance to fusing into national entities reminds me of the delayed fusion of the various principalities in Germany and Italy that I read about when I was a university student in the 1960s. Even the Israelite tribes in ancient Israel had friction among them. The Torah describes the troubles with the tribe of Benjamin, for example. Dr. Kedar has opened for us a productive path for understanding what the real issues are. His remarks about the troubles with politicians hits the mark, but fixing that looks to be very difficult and problematic.

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