Know Your History: King Hussein’s Plan & The Reaction Of “West Bank” Arabs (NY Times March 19, 1972)

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new series where I bring to you news from the newspaper archives to debunk common misconceptions about the Middle East conflict.

Here’s another fascinating bit of news history destined to send Israel haters and BDSHoles into convulsions.

Back in March 1972, almost 5 years after the Six Day War, the New York Times reported about an offer by Jordan’s King Hussein to unify the “west bank” with Jordan again. Note in particular the following:



  • The NY Times very clearly starting with the name of the area as “the Biblical provinces of Judea and Samaria”
  • Israel had allowed for freedom of movement of Arabs and goods between the “west bank” and Jordan, as well as into Israel
  • An acknowledgement of the fact that Jordan occupied this area before Israel took over, and how Israel’s “occupation” was no worse and in fact “in some ways better.”
  • The concept of these Arabs living in a federation with Jordan (instead of a separate “palestinian” state) was a popular concept among these Arabs, but failed for other reasons
  • The Arab intellectuals said they were ready to accept Israel as a neighbor

Note: I cannot provide a link to the full article since it is only available to those who have purchased a NY Times subscription. But I have provided screenshots below. As usual, click on the screenshots to enlarge.

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