Krauthammer’s Take

by NRO Staff

From the Fox All-Stars on Special Report, December 9, 2011

On Newt Gingrich’s remarks that the Palestinians were an “invented” people:

Historically he’s right, but at this point in (later) history it doesn’t really matter.

He is right that there never was a Palestine under the Ottomans (1517-1917). There was no Palestine under the British (1917-1948). When the Arabs had control of what are now the Palestinian territories (1949-1967) – Jordan had the West Bank and Egypt had Gaza for 20 years – none of them recognized a Palestinian state.And they could have created overnight a Palestinian state [in the West Bank and Gaza]. But they [instead]annexed those territories.

And there wasn’t a Palestinian [national] consciousness. They considered – during the first part of the 20thcentury — [that] they were part of the larger Arab world. However, as a result of the next 30 years there[developed] a Palestinian national consciousness.

It’s now a fact, invented or not, a fact, and the world has to respond.

It shows he [Gingrich] knows his history. But if the implication is he is against a Palestinian state, the train has long left that station.