Even some Israelis have sought to minimize the role of Islam in the war being made against their country. For many Israelis were eager to believe — who can blame them? — that their war of self-defense against the Arabs did not have to be forever, that the enmity might end if Israel would only show itself amenable to a territorial compromise, and relinquish territory it had won in the Six-Day War. The alternative, that the war against Israel was a Jihad that had no end, was for many Israelis — and still is, for some on the left — too painful to contemplate.
Of all the “peoples” who have presented to the world their claims to peoplehood, and some from that also lay claim to a right to statehood — from the Tibetans, to the Basques, to the Bretons, to the Kurds, to the Berbers, to the Ibos of Nigeria (who tried in the Biafra War to defend their independent state of Biafra) — it is the “Palestinian people” who have been most single-minded and successful.