I have heard Frank Close say that the reason you can't put your hand through a solid object is the Pauli exclusion principle. However Richard Feynman in his "Fun to Imagine" series attributes it to electrostatic forces.
I have two questions: Firstly, who is correct here (or maybe both)? Secondly, on a classical scale can the Pauli exclusion principle be interpreted as a force? The reason you can't put your hand through a solid object is because of a normal reaction force. So if the PEP is responsible for this it must be creating a force. I have sometimes seen the singularity at 0 in the Lennard-Jones potential interpreted as due to the PEP.
EDIT: I understand that the PEP is not a "fundamental force" carried by force-carrying particles. But it seems to clearly manifest as a force on a classical scale.