Given Current Reality, Peace in Middle East is a Fantasy
There is currently no peace between Israel and her neighbors, and the reason is because her neighbors want to annihilate her. The Arabs (so-called "Palestinians") don't really want 'peace,' they want Israel gone forever. David Solway gets it, in his article entitled "Is Peace Possible in the Middle East" on Pajamas Media.
Basically, everything is wrong there. The Arabs speak out of both sides of their mouths; they say to the world they want peace with Israel, and to their people and in their schools they promote murdering Jews and destroying the Jewish Nation--which they refuse to recognize as such. The same tactics and 'peace negotiations' are tried, in different incarnations, over and over again, like the fool who keeps beating his head against the wall, hoping each time that the outcome--his head breaking--will be different. Nobody wants to see the truth, not even many Israeli leaders. Nobody is facing the facts on the ground. This 'peace' promoted by liberals and leftists is really a fantasy, a myth, pie-in-the-sky.
In order for peace to happen, the Arabs would have to agree to certain points which are anathema to them. As Solway delineates:
Even if they agree to these conditions, we would be talking about the Palestinian Authority--Fatah--not Hamas or Hezbollah, which are committed to the destruction of Israel. How can this work? It is not a viable situation. Solway sites an article by Jonathan Rosenblum in which he calls the Palestinian strategy not a two-state solution, but rather a "two-stage solution." In his view (and mine as well), 'peace' is just a step in the eventual disappearance of the Jewish State (emphasis mine):
- The Palestinians would have to agree that a Palestinian state would be no more Judenrein than Israel would be, let’s say, Muslimrein; there are one and half million Arabs resident in Israel, most of whom will not surrender their Israeli citizenship. Why then should 300,000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria be evicted from their homes?
- The Palestinians would have to realize that their insistence on the “right of return” to Israel of seven million so-called “refugees” is a complete nonstarter, and must be dropped from their negotiating position. Israel is not about to commit demographic suicide.
- They will be required to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
- They will have to accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Ramallah as the capital of Palestine.
- They will need to be reminded that the “green line” is not an officially ratified international border but merely a temporary armistice line, allowing for adjustments that ensure Israel’s retention of strategic depth. For the Palestinian Authority to assume that its proposed or unilaterally declared state would abut the pre-1967 borders is a violation of UN Resolution 242. Moreover, Clause 5(2) of the Rhodes Armistice Agreement of 1949 stipulates that “In no sense are the ceasefire lines to be interpreted as political or territorial borders” and that they do not affect “the final disposition of the Palestine question.”
- They will consent to cease promulgating anti-Jewish hatred in media and mosque and to erase anti-Israeli incitement from textbook and classroom.
- Given Israel’s meager territorial scale and the volatility and inherent violence in the region, especially the aggressive meddling of Iran in local affairs, the smuggling of rockets and other armaments threatening Israel, and the inroads made by al-Qaeda and its offshoots, the Palestinian Authority will be compelled to permit a defensive Israeli presence in the adjacent hill country.
There can be no peace at the present – and perhaps ever – because the Palestinians have pursued not a two-state solution, but a two-stage solution, of which the second stage is inevitably the establishment of a unitary Palestinian rule from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. Even those Palestinians who profess to support a two-state solution, make clear to pollsters that they do not see it as a final solution, but merely as a stage to a takeover of the Jewish state, which they will never, in any event, recognize as such.If the 'Palestinians' want a state of their own, they already have one--in Jordan, which has always been part of Palestine. But of course, the Jordanians (as every other Arab country) don't want them. But Jordan could be split into two states--it is vastly bigger in area than Israel--and the state immediately on the east side of the Jordan river, the natural geographical boundary--can be that Palestinian state. There is one logical possibility. Do you think the Arabs in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, or any Muslims in their twenty-two Muslim countries--would ever agree to this?
The first and greatest obstacle to peace, writes historian Benny Morris, “is one that American and European officials never express and—if impolitely mentioned in their presence – turn away from in distaste, is that Palestinian political elites, of both the so-called “secular” and Islamist varieties are dead set against portioning the Land of Israel/Palestine with the Jews. They regard all of Palestine as their patrimony and believe that it will eventually be theirs.”
Now that notion, is truly pie-in-the-sky. But I still believe in miracles (-my personal "pie").