Thursday, April 11, 2013

"Palestine will be the name of the other state"

A few days before the creation of the State of Israel, a sub-committee of the soon-to-be-government was convened to decide what to call the new country in Arabic, which - it was apparently recognized - was going to be an official language of the new Jewish state. They decided simply to call it Israel also in Arabic, but some of their considerations are instructive. It couldn't be called "Palestine," for example, because that was expected to be the name the Arab state which was to arise alongside Israel would call itself. The name "Zion" was also no good, because it would alienate the Arab citizens in Israel.

Don't believe me? Here's the document.

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