He likely knows the truth but can't acknowledge it.
The Ottomans had an interesting solution to the coexistence of the many conflicting cultures in the region (Orthodox and Catholic Christians; Sunni, Shia and Alawite Moslems, and Druze). All paid taxes to Istanbul and served, when called, in the army. But each enjoyed its own civil law and independent civil courts with jurisdiction in their respective areas.
The British, aided by Russia and France ended all that with the destruction of the Empire during WWI in an effort to extend their empires. (France got what is now Syria, Lebanon and the Kurdish area in Northern Iraq (oil was a factor even then) ; Russia got Moldavia and some territory in eastern Anatolia, and the British got all the rest. A violent uprising in Iraq during the 1920s kicked the Brits out and prevented the French from getting their part of it. Worse still, the Brits promised Palestine both to the Arabs, who helped them overthrow the Ottomans, and to European Zionists, led by the Rothchilds.
These contradictions came to a head after WWII in the mass emigration of surviving European Jews who, after the destruction of the WWII, weren't often welcome back in their former European homes, all across Europe . Confronted with murder and a destructive civil war in the territory they had seized and then controlled, the Brits simply bugged out, leaving the mess to the then new UN, which at the time had virtually no Moslem member states (India, Pakistan, Algeria, Tunis, Egypt, Malaysia, etc. were then all European colonies.)
While I'm critical of the Israelis, I don't think the European powers have any moral right to that.