This week, former GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee suggested that Palestinians deserved a state of their own, just not here in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
"I have no problem with that," Hucakbee said of a two-state solution. "Should it be in the middle of the Jewish homeland? That's what I think has to be honestly assessed as virtually unrealistic."
"I haven't yet conducted a poll of Palestinians on the Huckabee-Solution, but it seems that California - at least everything from San Francisco and south would be most preferred, no offense to Huckabee's home state of Arkansas," says Atallah. "The landscape is very similar to historic Palestine with various Mediterranean climates, lots of orange and fig trees, beautiful vistas, and lots of ocean front property. California even has its own fault lines, just like Israel/Palestine which makes for good wrath of God sermons. It wouldn't matter if you were originally from Haifa, Ramallah, or the Gaza Strip, there would be something to remind you of home."
"Many Palestinians, especially those in the Diaspora, are Christian and they could try their hand at taking over the California wine industry," Atallah writes. "And think of all the jobs in Hollywood playing Arab stereotypes that could now go to actual Arabs."
"Hmmm," Atallah asks, "but that raises the issue of what to do with all the Californians that already live there..."