Beyond the Cusp

July 2, 2011

Needed Actions to End Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Stalemate

In the vast majority of cases, initiatives to jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks are marked by the proposal for Israel to start by making some grand unilateral sacrifices to show their desire for peace. With this almost always the first demand, it is no wonder the Palestinian Authority refuses to come to the table. The Palestinian leadership is totally aware that the more intransient they act, the greater the demands on Israel to give land away and free terrorists in order to make talks more attractive. I have news for everyone, it is not working. Why should the Palestinians come and negotiate when by not negotiating and appearing for an annual photo-op before walking away, using whatever excuse they can dream up, is rewarded with the West and Israel’s “friends” making the Palestinian demands for them, and without their need to reciprocate. Usually, it has historically been some new demand that the world will soon agree that Israel needs to grant the Palestinians as an enticement to negotiate.

So, what we have watched since 1967? It has been a repetition of the same actions while expecting different outcomes. Albert Einstein referred to this process as proof of insanity, and in this case he was dead-on accurate. The only recent change has come thanks to President Obama who has made a habit of inventing new demands that the Palestinians never even asked for or expected. A complete building freeze beyond the Green Line, the return to the 1949 Armistice Lines, and forcing Israel to divide Jerusalem are prime examples. George W. Bush, under the advice of Secretary of State Rice and Defense Secretary Gates, came up with a real winner when he pressured Israel to cede Gaza unilaterally to the Palestinian Authority. Many have pointed out that Israel received nothing in return for this gesture, but they are not entirely correct on this matter. Israel has received plenty for surrendering Gaza and forcing the Jewish residents to leave their homes, businesses, property, and uproot their lives for promises that are still to be met and years of misery. Israel has been on the receiving end of a near constant daily barrage of rockets and mortars while having Gilad Shalit kidnapped and held under unknown conditions for over five years now. Unfortunate Gilad has not been allowed any contact with his family, been denied Red Cross visitations to assure his treatment is humane, and, I fear, is very likely dead by now. That is the grand prize Israel received by complying with President George W. Bush, a person often said to be Israel’s greatest friend ever. Really?

So, what might be tried to encourage actual serious and productive negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. By now it should be obvious that pressuring Israel while handling the Palestinians with reverential deference is not working. First, politicians stop using support for Israel as a campaign promise when you have no intention of fully honoring obligations and treaties entered into by the United States and instead your support for Israel becomes we want two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and prosperity. Give me a break! Look up some history and you will find that the United States agreed to enforce the enacting of the Balfour Declaration and the San Remo Conference when they ratified the Anglo-American Convention of December 3, 1924. By this agreement, the United States is party to a treaty that declared that a Jewish State was to be formed from the remainder of the British Mandate after the formation of Transjordan. This should be binding the United States to insist that Israel’s borders are from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Since this was established through a treaty, it has the force of law, not the force of a possible suggestion. But, since remembering one’s obligations from so long ago is no longer expected of the world, as these treaties were signed off on by Great Britain, France, Italy, and Japan with the United States included in the San Remo Conference in an advisory role; and were subsequently affirmed by the United States with their signing of the Anglo-American Convention, this all does not matter any longer, that was so, so long ago. So, what now?

Perhaps we need to simplify matters concerning the Palestinians. First off, disband UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and place the Palestinian refugees that meet the United Nations general definition of a refugee to be administered by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and simply inform those who do not fit the true United Nations definition of a refugee that it is well past time they took up the care of their own lives. Why is it that the world made a completely separate agency simply to care for, protect, house, feed, and redefine the term “refugee” in order to perpetuate infinitely and forever a refugee population beyond those people who were truly displaced, whether by their own actions or by force of others’ actions?

Whose great idea was it that not only the original 650,000 approximated refugees resulting from a variety of forces and influences resultant from the 1948-9 Arab Israeli War would also include their progeny henceforth and forever? I realize it makes for great job security for the UNRWA employees, but it does nothing to solve the refugee problem, it can only exacerbate the problem, which is exactly what we are witness to today. Once UNRWA is eliminated and solely the real and actual surviving refugees have been determined will a solution be feasible. It is beyond ridiculous to expect Israel to deal with the potential influx of four to five million refugees when the original refugee numbers were barely more than 15% of the current running total. During around the same period of time, in the aftermath of World War II, there were numerous other refugee problems which were all addressed by the UNHCR and those refugees have all been resettled and their children and their grandchildren, and even some great grandchildren are living normal lives in their respective new or old countries. The one which resettled Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists between India and Pakistan was of such a magnitude that the numbers who were transferred dwarfed all other refugee problems of that era, yet every refugee from that great migration and their families are today safely settled in either India, Pakistan or wherever in the world they may have migrated. The sole perpetuated refugee problem is that of the Palestinians. Why?

Now we are entering the real heart of this dilemma. The reason the Palestinians were treated separately was because their brethren, the very same peoples from whence they originated, refused to accept them or any responsibility for their welfare and chose instead to intentionally make their lives a misery that could be placed at the Israeli Jews’ feet. The Palestinians were made into a weapon of war, a living grudge and propaganda tool with which to batter the international community with in order to defile the world image of Israel. This is the dirty little secret that nobody dares mention, for to do so is heresy and brings immediate refutation and rejection. The reason this is treated as the third rail is because to admit the truth of the complicity of the rest of the world in the charade, this psychological Jihad against Israel, would reveal exactly how deep into the mire supposedly enlightened societies will go to deny the Jewish people the same rights as normal people. Yes, I differentiated between Jews and normal people as that is what is the truth of the actions of the world against Israel, a denial of the humanity and likeness of the Jewish people to the rest of humanity.

The true tragedy and sickness is that for many Palestinians, their family, clans, tribes, and histories lie with the people on the outside of the fences and barbed wire, the same people who keep them in squalor and severe poverty simply as a political weapon against Jews. So, yes, the first step is to allow the Palestinians rights to return to their original homes and families and be treated as equals in their own lands. That is the other dirty little secret is that the Palestinians are actually Syrian and Egyptian with a few Iraqi, Turkish, Saudi, and other Arab people who immigrated into the areas where the Jews had made new jobs available. This means that the Palestinians arrived subsequent to the Jews and due to the economic condition created by the early Zionists. Many of these Arab immigrants also remained in their homes during the 1948-9 War and are today full citizens of Israel with identical rights and privileges as the Jewish Israelis. Some are doctors working side by side with Jewish doctors. Some are Judges including one who served on the Israeli Supreme Court during his judgeship. There are a number of Arabs currently serving in the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset.

And for the last little secret that everybody always fails to mention; there is not one Palestinian refugee being held in a refugee camp within the areas controlled by Israel and the IDF. Every single Palestinian refugee camp is under Arab ownership, control, rule, and oppression. Israel does not contain a single refugee camp with Israeli guards. The refugee camps exist in areas under Palestinian Authority control, Hamas control, Lebanese control, Syrian control, and used to be under Jordanian control until the PLO attempted a coup against the Jordanian Crown who sent them into exile in Lebanon where they again tried to overthrow the government and the leadership ended up in Tripoli while members of the PLO formed the core of what became Hezballah.

Those are the truths you will almost never hear, but please, research them and learn and you will find it is not the Israelis or the Jews who keep the Palestinian refugees in camps; it is their brothers and sisters in the Arab countries of their origin, and in many cases, the country of their birth and ancestry. Think about that for a while. Wake up to the truth and let it be known by all.

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