Beyond the Cusp

June 6, 2019

Trump Peace Plan has a Blind Spot

 

On November 22, 1967, the United Nations Security Council passed a Chapter Six Resolution 242 addressing the solutions after the changes resulting from the Six Day War, the Israeli defensive war caused by Arab aggressions. The chief architects for UNSC Res 242, Lord Caradon, Professor Eugene Rostow, and other leading international legal scholars have pointed out, those armistice lines, especially in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) were never meant to be permanent borders. It dictated that Israel would receive more secure, defensible, and real recognized borders to replace those lines as a result of any peace-making process. What was of particular note was the call for Israel to give up lands for peace. They argued ferociously to make the wording exact and not mean return all the lands or even most of the lands but rather just those lands which left Israel with recognizable, secure and defensible borders. Israel returned the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula which assuredly met the requirement for surrender of land. This left the most definable, defensible, secure and recognizable borders remaining to be the Golan Heights and the Jordan River Valley. This was actually less than many believed Israel would demand as it was expected for Israel to return half of the Sinai allowing for the central highlands to be where the border would be drawn.

Lord Caradon and Professor Eugene Rostow

Lord Caradon and Professor Eugene Rostow

But that is besides the point, as the Arabs devised a means for stealing back every inch of land pushing Israel back to the 1949 Armistice Lines. It was at Camp David 2000 followed by the hastily patched together Taba emergency sessions which clearly showed that occupation and settlements were not the problem preventing peace. Israel had offered Arafat over 97% of the disputed territories along with half of Jerusalem meeting his every last demand during the Paris talks. President Clinton personally met with Arafat to force him to itemize exactly what was required for him to make peace. Arafat made the ridiculous demands for virtually all the land and exchanges of land to replace the lands where the Jewish settlements exist plus half of Jerusalem and prisoner releases and other sundry items demanded simply to make the offer unacceptable to any Israeli Prime Minister with an ounce of common sense. Well, Israel was led by Prime Minister Ehud Barak and, after a fair amount of arm twisting, agreed to give Arafat everything he demanded, every last unbearable and severely serious demands outside of borders, and Arafat believed that the borders would be sufficient a breaking point. The next morning, while the papers were all arranged, all except the Arafat delegation were in their places awaiting his arrival and all the news cameras were there transmitting to the world as this was to be the big moment where peace would come to the Middle East. Arafat came down the stairs, walked right past the astonished cameras, befuddled President Bill Clinton, a hopefully amused Prime Minister Barak and Secretary of State Madeline Albright waddling as fast as she could in heels after Arafat screaming, “Come back, where are you going.” Or some such we presume. Arafat was on his way to an awaiting limousine which rushed him to the airport onto an awaiting plane and back to Aman, Jordan. The sticky point both then and now has always been the existence of a viable Israel ruled potentially by Jews or whomever can be elected, regardless of size outside of Sharia, or at least Arab rule. As reported here, they stated the often-ignored reality when they wrote,

“Arabs have rejected an independent Kurdish state, Amazigh (Berber) state, black African Sudanese state, etc. for the same reasons — a belief that only they have the right to rule lands where many different peoples have historically lived and live.”

And they reached a reality that “Ambassador Dennis Ross was there and confirmed the offer for a contiguous state…not ‘disconnected cantons’ as anti-Israel attackers now claim.” This was the final effort by President Clinton to assure he would win a Nobel Peace Prize and he was determined not to lose out. President Clinton cannot be blamed for falling for the Arab Palestinian trap to keep the world debating where the lines are to be drawn all the while Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and numerous other terrorist forces gain in power, destructive abilities and militarily more sophisticated and advanced until they will be capable of destroying Israel. The left hand from Tehran to the north of Israel, Hezballah, there exists a hundred-fifty-thousand rockets and missiles of varying sizes and warhead capabilities including some which are capable of carrying chemical and biologic weapons of mass destruction as well as EMP warheads and potentially nuclear warheads provided by Iran or North Korea.

We are approaching beyond the cusp for the announced coming on June 25-6, 2019, release of the economic incentives which President Trump is proposing as his hopes for reaching some settlement of the Arab-Israel conflict. President Trump speaks as if he is completely sure that he has found the magic wand to wave and make peace. We talked about what is likely a major challenge and potential shortcoming of his plan in our article “Palestinian Terror Leaders Pose Threat to Trump” which we hope is informative. Between the two main Arab Palestinian forces, Palestinian Authority (Fatah) and Hamas (backed with Islamic Jihad with both under Iranian influence and assists with armaments), both claiming that they will sink, smash down or otherwise work to prevent anything President Trump and his teams believe will bring a new and intuitive plan. If their central column supporting their plan is centered upon an economic approach, we fear that the plan is guaranteed to fail. If the plan is the rumored megalopolis in Saudi Arabia with planned communities with employment possibilities with related residential neighborhoods, the problem comes with arranging for the Arab Palestinians to be permitted to relocate, something their terror masters will fight with every bit of force and threats which they can muster. The law does not permit the sale or rental of any property to a non-Arab, preferably another Arab Palestinian. Further, the countries which have Arab Palestinians trapped in refugee camps will not permit them to relocate even if they are forced to guard the camps with their militaries. Thus, attempting to build a new region in which the Arab Palestinians could relocate faces a serious uphill battle over finding some means of transferring the target populations in Gaza, Judea and Samaria to the planned new life. Solving this problem is at the heart of the plan and may be its largest blind spot. How President Trump believes he can solve this challenge will prove interesting.

In all honesty, we wish President Trump and any other group which believes they have an honest peace proposal which provides Israel with the borders intended by the initial UNSC Res 242 which had been the promised borders under the San Remo Conference and the British Mandate, namely the Jordan River, to please tell me where is there a problem? What many fail to recognize and resist belief even when shown the actual agreements, there was no mention of Arab Palestinians in anything before 1964 in September when the PLO was founded under cooperation of the Arab League and the KGB. This new name for Arabs who had no actual discerning difference from the surrounding populations in Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Iraq designed to claim the Jewish history and claim that it was actually referring to these “special” kind of Arabs. They have claimed to have the sole ancient attachment with Jerusalem and with the overwhelming power of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), a cooperation of one-hundred-twenty-five member nations plus twenty-five observer countries who tend to vote largely in coordination with the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). This has led to a number of United Nations votes refusing to recognize any Jewish attachment to anything west of the Jordan River. They do not need to care about the lands east of the Jordan River as they are already under Arab control through to the Iranian border. Their only desire is to destroy the Jewish State by any and all means necessary. This has been behind the failure of every peace plan, that they leave Israel as an independent country which the Jews have a majority. This was the entire idea where the Arab Palestinians insist that all of the refugees must be accepted as full citizens inside Israel. Their desire is to inject over five-million Arab Palestinian refugees with the right to vote and then simply vote Israel out of existence. This is why two of the largest Arab Palestinian refugee camps are found in Gaza and the Shomron (Judea and Samaria). These camps are in the middle of regions under Arab Palestinian rule.

President Trump is solving the Arab Palestinian refugee situation by allowing only those refugees who were born before May 15, 1948, the point where this problem originated. This was when hundreds of thousands of Arabs fled at the insistence of the Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini (he spent WWII largely in Berlin meeting at least once with Adolph Hitler as seen in the picture below) who insisted that the Arabs remove themselves to behind the Arab forces from the six nations and other militias attacked Israel. He promised that they would share in the spoils once they had slaughtered the impudent Jews and ended the dream of their own state. When the Arab forces failed to destroy Israel taking control of Gaza and the Shomron leading to the Green Line and the Gaza border as Armistice Lines, the Arab League made a strong insistence that these were not borders and should never be used to define borders.

Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini in His One of Many Personal Meetings with the Führer Adolf Hitler

Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini
in His One of Many Personal Meetings
with the Führer Adolf Hitler

This has apparently changed as the claim is the Arab Palestinians merely desire the 22% that they believe is their land. This has usually been interpreted to mean they simply want what they define as Gaza and the West Bank (Shomron). This is not what they are defining, they are demanding 22% of the British Mandate which was not Jordan which received 78% of the British Mandate, the lands east of the Jordan River. The fact that Jordan was defined as having the Jordan River as their western border, then it should be obvious even to the most casual of observers that the Jordan River would serve as the eastern Israeli border. But the world appears insistent that Israel needs to return lands which were never intended for anybody other than Israel. This is the problem as should the Arab Israeli conflict ever end up in a World Court where the law is the only thing which matters, Israel is legally defined with Jordan as her eastern border. We hope President Trump has figured out every last detail which could crop up and destroy his entire peace plan. We will have to wait until some time this fall as Israel is heading to elections scheduled for September 17, 2019 and it could easily be another month before a coalition is formed. This replay on the election which just failed to form a sixty-one mandate majority in the Knesset will prove interesting as the Israeli public is more informed as different parties, starting with Blue White the evening of the vote and by Likud the next morning revealing a distinct difference, the first willing to give away land for peace and the second still professing intent to extend Israeli law and sovereignty over the numerous settlements. This next election may hinge on the difference between these two very different, even opposing, viewpoints. That, in and of itself, will prove to be very interesting. This vote may be the start of a new direction for the Israeli public.

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