My depth of knowledge concerning the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is, I’m sorry to say, quite inadequate. I am old enough to remember from my early youth hearing and seeing the problems, hate, and death that has become synonymous with it.
That said, I am genuinely interested in what you have to say about the situation.
From my limited perspective, the Palestinians have been willing pawns in the never-ending regional brinkmanship played by the Arab states which surround Israel. Used as fodder for hatred directed at Israel, they too easily permit themselves to become perpetual victims used for Muslim outrage toward the Jewish state.
Electing Hamas more than proves this.
There is plenty of anti-Israeli sentiment to go around: From Muslims, to Europe, to the fetid halls of the United Nations, there is no lack of anti-Semitic invective oozing from these entities.
The popular, and seemingly only, resolution to this mess is the “two-state solution”, whereby Israel is recognized as one state and the Palestinians are given control over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
It is a confusing prospect. I understand Israel being a sovereign nation with clear borders and rights allowed, but, just how exactly would the Gaza Strip and the West Bank be recognized as one state? It would seem that they would exist terrestrially separate from each other, yet acting under one government, with Israel having to give up even more land, effectively splitting it into two parts to allow for transit between the two Palestinian territories. How this “one government” would be created is a riddle in itself, and would probably be the most difficult issue facing all parties involved.
It would also seem that Israel, no matter which scenario occurs, would have to be a willing, giving partner, relinquishing both land and treasure, to people who have given them no reason to deserve or warrant such support.
That would be a tough pill for Israel to swallow.
Considering both Egypt and Jordon border Gaza and the West Bank, respectively, the ideal answer would be for both countries to cede land to both populations, adding much needed living space, and contributing greater financial support, both in terms of monetary assistance and suitable,meaningful commerce.
Since this has not happened yet, it is doubtful this will occur at all.
Arab countries involved in the region have no desire to “solve” the plight of the Palestinians. They are the gift that keeps on giving. Anytime they want to attack the Jewish state, all they need do is perpetuate the myth that Israel is the root cause of all problems in the region, using the Palestinians as victims in their transparent attempts to demonize Israel.
The Obama Administration has a role to play in all of this. They have yet to give any indication that they are willing to be the staunch ally to which Israel has been accustomed. In April, Obama briefed key members of congress to expect a tougher line to be taken against Israel, while using the backdrop of his European apology tour to soften up our influence around the globe, offering olive branches to any and all who we may have offended, well, ever.
And Tuesday, Joe Biden delivered a scolding speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), telling the Jewish Americans, “Israel has to work for a two state-solution — you’re not going to like my saying this — but not build more settlements, dismantle existing outposts and allow Palestinians freedom of movement … and access to economic opportunity”.
While, incredibly, he may have valid points on some issues, it is worth noting he said nothing of the same directed toward their Palestinian counterparts.
And as if to confuse our approach to the middle east even more he added:
“The United States will approach Iran initially in the spirit of mutual respect — we want Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations politically and economically”.
Mutual respect? Rightful place? What planet is this man from?
It is clear the US is worried about the hard-line Netenyahu. But, as our only democratic ally in the entire middle-east, Obama’s rhetoric toward Israel reeks of naiveté and arrogance, and just plain old indifference.
He said that the middle east peace process would be a top priority in his administration.
So far he’s just been “present” on the whole issue.