I responded, “Jews were a minority in Arab states, and they were almost all driven out. You’re not going to persuade them to try that again, especially given that there aren’t a lot of minorities that have exactly thrived in the Arab Muslim world–unless they are running the government, as in Alawite-controlled Syria or Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-controlled Iraq, and oppressing the majority.”
Interestingly enough, I’ve discovered that the late Edward Said, perhaps the leading American propagandist for the Palestinian cause, shared my concerns about the fate of the Jews in an Arab-majority state. Here’s an excerpt from a 2010 interview:
Q. Knowing the region and given the history of the conflict, do you think such a Jewish minority [in an Arab-majority state in what is now Israel/the Palestinian territories] would be treated fairly?“A worry about that. The history of minorities in the Middle East has not been as bad as in Europe, but I wonder what would happen. It worries me a great deal. The question of what is going to be the fate of the Jews is very difficult for me. I really don’t know. It worries me.”
Give Said points for honesty at least. He does go on to say that a “Jewish minority can survive the way other minorities in the Arab world survived.” He was writing before the Islamic State starting butchering Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, but the fate of other minorities in the modern Arab world has hardly been a happy one. While Said suggests that “it worked rather well under the Ottoman Empire,” that empire, of course, was run by Turks, with the Arabs themselves a “minority” that needed to be pacified.
Anyway, for the record, let’s note that Said hoped that the Jews would be treated fairly under his proposed solution, but seemed to accept the very real possibility of the oppression/ethnic cleansing of the Jews of Israel as a price worth paying for his cause to triumph. And while he suggests the possibility that Jews would “survive” and “live peacefully” in “Palestine,” he doesn’t seem to deny that Jews would most likely “be at best, a suppressed minority.”