Israeli – Arab Peace Talks

Here’s a link to the President’s speech on Thursday.

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The so-called “two-state” solution is not viable and is doomed to failure and additional bloodshed.

The reason is simple: a huge percentage of Arabs living in and around Israel don’t want peace. Furthermore it’s naive at best and reckless in practical terms to believe the foundation for a lasting peace can be built upon what would be a de facto terrorist state.

My solution, FWIW, is as follows:

1. Israel should annex all disputed lands west of the Jordan River.

2. Regarding the Golan Heights, there should be a Korea-style DMZ/buffer zone enforced by U.S. or U.S.-dominated and commanded forces.

3. Arab-dominated cities and areas of Israel should be governed locally and autonomously by Arab authorities. But only such authorities with no direct ties to terrorism. That would exclude Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, PFLP, and Hizbollah. Local authorities would have plenary powers, subject only to the final authority of the Knesset. Basically it should be a similar arrangement to that under which the U.S. federal government and American Indian tribal governments have interacted — peacefully, I might add — for many decades.

4. Arabs living in Israel proper should have the opportunity, but not a mandate, to apply for full Israeli citizenship with full and equal rights. But under no circumstances should there be a “right of return” for refugees of any prior armed conflicts, or their descendants.

5. Jerusalem never should be partitioned or divided.

6. Regarding the specific site of the Temple Mount and of the Dome of the Rock there should be created an irrevocable land trust administered by an international group of trustees, consisting of the 5 permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (America, Britain, Russia, China and France), the two Arab nations with formal peace treaties with Israel (Jordan and Egypt), Saudi Arabia, and Syria (but only if the latter signs a peace treaty with Israel after the Golan is turned into a DMZ).

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