Whenever I have received a call from a listener to my radio show challenging Israels legitimacy, I have asked these people if they ever called a radio show to challenge any other countrys legitimacy. In particular, I ask, have they ever questioned the legitimacy of Pakistan?
The answer, of course, is always no. In fact, no caller ever understood why I even mentioned Pakistan.
There are two reasons for this.
First, of all the 200-plus countries in the world, only Israels legitimacy is challenged. So mentioning any other country seems strange to a caller.
Second, almost no one outside of India and Pakistan knows anything about the founding of Pakistan.
Only months before the UN adopted a proposal to partition Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state in 1947, India was partitioned into a Muslim and a Hindu state. The Hindu state was, of course, India. The Muslim state became known as Pakistan. It comprises 310,000 square miles, about 40,000 square miles larger than Texas.
In both cases, the declaration of an independent state resulted in violence. As soon as the newly established state of Israel was declared in May,1948, it was invaded by six Arab armies. The partition of India led to a terrible violence between Muslims and Hindus.
According to the final report of the UN Conciliation Commission from Dec. 28, 1949, the 1948 war of Israels independence created 726,000 Arabs refugees. Many sources put the figure at about 200,000 less.
A roughly equal number of Jewish refugees approximately 700,000 were created when they were forcibly expelled from the Arab countries where they had lived for countless generations.