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As an American, visiting the Middle East for the first time in 1994, I traveled with maps showing ISRAEL that included all of Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip, and, of course, the West Bank (Judea Samaria) as one country. The American government may not have seen it that way (and still doesn’t – just ask an American citizen born in Jerusalem what country the U.S. thinks hosted their birth) but that was how everyone knowledgeable about history saw it. WE all knew that the U.S. expanded from the original 13 states and, naturally, assumed territory won, fairly or not, would be incorporated into the state. So the Arabs and friends periodically agitated about it – So do Native Americans and uber politcal correctees.

I was a bit confused and surprised to discover ISRAELIS didn’t view the situation the same way. For some reason I still don’t understand, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, they still seemed to expect that someday, somehow, past conflicts would be forgotten and a peaceful co-existence that never was would (re)emerge between an artificially, unreasonably and indefensibly diminished Israel and their – miracle of miracle – friendly, accepting neighbors.

So the REAL “What if . . .” question is: What if Israel was treated as a nation like other nations?

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