||So, let me get this straight:
The most of the Jews decend from the Khazars.
Firstly, after reading the Koestler link, I must say that his estimate on the number of Sephardi Jews is woefully innaccurate, considering that they make up about 60% of Jewish population in Israel ALONE, (.6 of 6 million is 3.6 million, not the 500 000 Koestler gives) forgetting the Sephardi Jews living in France, Quebec (a large population) and elsewhere.
So, now, the matter at hand. Assuming Koestler is pretty much correct, and this data on the Palestinians and Israelis having very similar genetic backgrounds, what can we say?
Well, this implies that the Palestinians have more in common with Khazar (ie. Caucasian) people than with other Arabs. This would follow as well from the fact that the Ottoman Empire did transplant many people into Palestine at various times. This would therefor imply that the Palestinians are not Semitic people either, and thus, have no claim to Israel or Palestine.
Now, the horrific irony of this conclusion is not lost on me.
However, let's say that the figure of 3.6 million Sephardi Jews is correct. "Sephardi" is an innaccurate term, reffering to "Spanish" Jews. The term Sephardi has always actually meant all Jews NOT living in Europe (excluding Spain and Portugal). That is, all jews from Spain, down to Morrocco, and east, clear across to China. Yet, these Jews STILL have genetic makeups surprisingly similar to Palestinians.
So, either way, any sort of racially based claim to Israel is pretty much invalid.
A solution? Well, I'll say this much:
The most constructive thing I can think of (which, of course, will be blown to pieces by the religious and inflexible nutbars that frequent this site) is that both sides have to move past their rightful claims of victimization. A slow, negotiated and balanced solution must be reached, one which will guarantee Israel's right to exist as a Jewish State, and guarantee Palestinian rights to a state as well.
Oh, you want details? Sheesh...