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Memo to Obama: Mid-East Peace in 1 Hour or your Money Back


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Some people will see this plan as a threat to everything they stand for:

The PA and Hamas thugs will rightly accuse Israel of trying to undermine them.

Israeli businessmen and politicians who partner with PA and Hamas thugs to get rich off the Palestinians will also be upset.

Iran and its local agent, Hezbollah, will mourn the loss of an important ally in the region.

The United States and the European Union would be upset at losing their important role as peace makers, which justified their manipulation of events all over the Middle East.

In short, you just know it’s a good idea by the kind of heartless thugs who would stand up against it.

But how does Israel keep the agents of chaos and strife who’ve been stirring up war in Palestine for 150 years from stopping this simple and, may I say, elegant path to peace?

By going slow.

Israel should approach an individual Palestinian community, one close to the border, to start, and offer them full Israeli citizenship with all the benefits of human, civil and communal rights – in return for accepting the principle of Israel as a Jewish state. Trust me, they’ll grab it.

You will see change overnight. As soon as Israel made this offer to one town, one village, there will be a line of thousands of Palestinian communities demanding to become part of Israel, and absolutely willing to accept it as a Jewish state. All Israel would have to do is protect those communities from the thugs. This is why God invented the IDF.

The Palestinians are decent, rational, industrious people, who, like most Arabs in the Middle East, have been languishing in poverty under the rule of murderous thugs. Like all decent, rational, industrious people everywhere, they want jobs, electricity, roads, a sewer system, healthcare, and education for their children. They deserve all of it.

 

THAT’S IT

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There’s no need for any more conferences or state visits, Mr. President.

No need for governments to stick their noses in the affairs of decent people.

It’s time for Arabs and Jews to start building a relationship of trust and cooperation.

Bring down the stupid security wall.

Remove the checkpoints.

Give the people the one thing they truly need: freedom.

Once the Arabs are convinced that this is for real, that the yoke of Palestinian tyranny imposed on them by their neighbor Israel has been lifted, Jews and Arabs can begin the process of becoming reacquainted.

If the Jews make the Arabs their equals, let them in from behind the barricades, let them become full, productive members of the democratic society – the sky will be the limit.

 

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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16 Responses to “Memo to Obama: Mid-East Peace in 1 Hour or your Money Back”

  1. Absalon Romero says:

    Una estrategia inovadora y fundamentada en principios espirituales. Excelente reflexión!

  2. David Willig says:

    And what happens if at the first election, they change their mind and vote to end Democracy? It has happened in other Arab countries. So two amendments to your plan. Any one claiming Israeli citizenship must sign a document to that effect, A list of new Arab citizens will be published once a week.
    Second, all rights EXCEPT the right to vote, which will be phased on over a 50 year period. Ara voting will start at age 68 and go down every year, till 50 years from now it will be age 18 for everyone. Theis will let people get used to Democracy and the benefits of equal rights. Or they are free to leave.

  3. So many errors on first page alone.

    "Back in 1947, the official count was 1.6 million Arabs and 600 thousand Jews. That’s when the first attempt was made to divide the land into two states" That was the SECOND division of the land – Jordan was already created from the Mandate to form an Arab state.

    "When, in 1947, the United Nations of the world decided to give the Jews a homeland in part of Israel or Palestine" Wrong again. The UN voted to END the Mandate – the decision to form a homeland for the Jews was made in 1920 by the San Remo Treaty and not the League of Nations, and placed into formal international law by the League of Nations in 1922. The UN had nothing to do with it.

    The UK did not steal the eastern 3/4 of the Mandate for the Arabs until 1923 not 1921 as stated.

    We did not get along before the Mandate – Jews were subject to pograms and extra taxes, nor did we have any rights. Again you take extreme license with the facts.

    The Arabs that occupy Judea and Samaria have JORDANIAN citizenship. We have a peace treaty with Jordan where they renounced their claim to that territory but left their illegal colonists. International law states that they MUST take them back.

  4. The Jews were brought back to their land by the hand of God. Do not sin against God by trying to give away his land. Without God's blessing no permanent peace will come from that action. Month by month, and week by week. The middle east spins more out of control. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria looks like he may be willing to use weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against near by nations as well. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  5. Gil Gilman says:

    It is difficult to ascertain which dance has the most wishful thinking behind it, yours or the perpetual two-step, but it was an enjoyable read, nonetheless. Regarding any factual errors, let us first inject meaning into the text which was not there to begin with, and then argue with it.

  6. I see the solution. Make Israel a state in the United States like New Jersey.
    Is that what you are suggesting.

  7. Charlie Hall says:

    When did you become a onestater?

  8. Yori Yanover says:

    Always have bee. One Jewish state with equal rights for all.

  9. Nice thought but not very realistic.

  10. Yori Yanover says:

    Harold Pomerantz — You're suggesting that a 2-state solution with settlement removal and half of Jerusalem given back to the Arabs is realistic?

  11. Charlie Hall says:

    How is your proposal different from the one state proposal that the BDSers or the Hadash party propose?

  12. Yori Yanover says:

    What happens if the Arabs of Hoboken decide to vote to stop democracy in New Jersey? There are inherent defenses in the system to stop that. There are special majority requirements for constitutional changes.

    But also, we should include things I didn't mention in the article. A friend of mine sent me this response, which might answer your concern:

    I agree with the general direction of Yori's plan: One Jewish State Solution, With Equal Human, Civil and Communal Rights For All.
    However, there are 3 points without which this state will quickly turn into the PLO model of a "democratic, secular state" dominated by an Arab majority, or even an Islamist Caliphate ruled by Hamas and other radicals.

    1) "Equal Human, Civil and Communal Rights For All" – should clearly exclude any National Rights (or claims), such as self-determination, from all Non-Jews. The exclusive national rights of the Jews in the One State of Isael must be based on the Liberal principle of defending the Jewish minority against the tyranny of the majority in the Middle-East.

    2) A constitutional mechanism should protect the above rights by according the Jewish communities a permanent majority in the Knesset's upper chamber (as per my proposal titled "The Community Democracy") and some practical security safeguards in Jewish hands.

    3) The refugees issue should be resolved through a regional convention, where all claims against Mid-Eastern governments must be discussed – including personal and communal claims of nearly 900,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries, thousands of refugees from the current civil war in Syria and more.
    Ignoring these points may turn your lovely vision into a dangerous trap.

    Ehud

  13. Noah Farbstein says:

    Yori. your one-state solution looks familiar, and almost appears to be in line with some of Israel's largest detractorsseems including Tony Judt, Virginia Tilley and even the wakko Norman Finkelstein.

    Assuming, as appears recently to be the case, that Jewish population growth actually is far greater than that of the Arabs, Israel should annex all of the so-called "disputed" territories and require allegiance by all citizens, both Arab and Israeli.

    However, if we are in the minority, I don't believe a simple agreement by the Arabs as to the Jewish nature of Israel would suffice, especially under your proposal, as the Arab world (and the Palestinians) never truly has accepted the legitimacy of Israel, in any form, as the Jewish National Homeland. This continues to be demonstrated by the rerfusal of Hamas, the popularly elected government in Gaza, and other radical Islamic fundamentalists, such as Islamic Jihad, to accept Israel’s existence.

    More alarming is your failure to highlight the the nature this one-state alternative that you seem to advocate (what would the new state look like, aside from 'lots of smiles?'). Iin my opinion, under the later scenario, it merely would replace a democratic state with yet another Arab Nation state. Most likely, one that is radically Islamic and at best it would see the subjugation of the Jewish minority, but more likely its cleansing. In fact, one need not look any further than the treatment of Coptics in Egypt, woman and minorities in Gaza, and Israel circa 1920/21, 1929, 1936-1939, etc.

    Further, even Benny Morris, one of Israel’s most well-known historians and an authority on this topic, has reversed course and blames the failure of the peace process on the Palestinians, which he claims do not seek a two-state solution. Instaed, they openly endorse a binational state with an Arab majority (e.g. Sharia Law) in all of the land of Israel.

    In fact, Morris, with whom I fully agree, believes that the Palestinians, including the PLO/PA, never truly accepted a two-state solution (even in the 1990s), as clearly stated in their charter (“…from the river to the sea.”). This might explain why recently they have placed even more restrictive preconditions on negotiations with Israel, such as no construction in Jerusalem on land owned by Israel, and which never was a consideration in previous negotiations.

  14. Noah Farbstein says:

    Yori, your one-state solution looks familiar, and almost appears to be in line with some of Israel's largest detractors, including Tony Judt, Virginia Tilley and even the wakko Norman Finkelstein.

    Assuming, as appears recently to be the case, that Jewish population growth actually is far greater than that of the Arabs, Israel should annex all of the so-called "disputed" territories and require allegiance by all citizens, both Arab and Jew.

    However, if we are in the minority, I don't believe a simple agreement by the Arabs as to the Jewish nature of Israel would suffice, especially under your proposal, as the Arab world (and the Palestinians) never truly has accepted the legitimacy of Israel, in any form, as the Jewish National Homeland. This continues to be demonstrated by the rerfusal of Hamas, the popularly ele…cted government in Gaza, and other radical Islamic fundamentalists, such as Islamic Jihad, to accept Israel’s existence.

    More alarming is your failure to highlight the the nature this one-state alternative that you seem to advocate (what would the new state look like, aside from 'lots of smiles?'). Iin my opinion, under the later scenario, it merely would replace a democratic state with yet another Arab Nation state. Most likely, one that is radically Islamic and at best it would see the subjugation of the Jewish minority, but more likely its cleansing. In fact, one need not look any further than the treatment of Coptics in Egypt, woman and minorities in Gaza, and Israel circa 1920/21, 1929, 1936-1939, etc.

    Further, even Benny Morris, one of Israel’s most well-known historians and an authority on this topic, has reversed course and blames the failure of the peace process on the Palestinians, which he claims do not seek a two-state solution. Instaed, they openly endorse a binational state with an Arab majority (e.g. Sharia Law) in all of the land of Israel.

    In fact, Morris, with whom I fully agree, believes that the Palestinians, including the PLO/PA, never truly accepted a two-state solution (even in the 1990s), as clearly stated in their charter (“…from the river to the sea.”). This might explain why recently they have placed even more restrictive preconditions on negotiations with Israel, such as no construction in Jerusalem on land owned by Israel, and which never was a consideration in previous negotiations.

  15. Noah Farbstein says:

    Yori, your one-state solution looks familiar, and almost appears to be in line with some of Israel's largest detractors, including Tony Judt, Virginia Tilley and even the wakko Norman Finkelstein.

    Assuming, as appears recently to be the case, that Jewish population growth actually is far greater than that of the Arabs, Israel should annex all of the so-called "disputed" territories and require allegiance by all citizens, both Arab and Jew.

    However, if we are in the minority, I don't believe a simple agreement by the Arabs as to the Jewish nature of Israel would suffice, especially under your proposal, as the Arab world (and the Palestinians) never truly has accepted the legitimacy of Israel, in any form, as the Jewish National Homeland. This continues to be demonstrated by the rerfusal of Hamas, the popularly ele…cted government in Gaza, and other radical Islamic fundamentalists, such as Islamic Jihad, to accept Israel’s existence.

    More alarming is your failure to highlight the the nature this one-state alternative that you seem to advocate (what would the new state look like, aside from 'lots of smiles?'). Iin my opinion, under the later scenario, it merely would replace a democratic state with yet another Arab Nation state. Most likely, one that is radically Islamic and at best it would see the subjugation of the Jewish minority, but more likely its cleansing. In fact, one need not look any further than the treatment of Coptics in Egypt, woman and minorities in Gaza, and Israel circa 1920/21, 1929, 1936-1939, etc.

    Further, even Benny Morris, one of Israel’s most well-known historians and an authority on this topic, has reversed course and blames the failure of the peace process on the Palestinians, which he claims do not seek a two-state solution. Instaed, they openly endorse a binational state with an Arab majority (e.g. Sharia Law) in all of the land of Israel.

    In fact, Morris, with whom I fully agree, believes that the Palestinians, including the PLO/PA, never truly accepted a two-state solution (even in the 1990s), as clearly stated in their charter (“…from the river to the sea.”). This might explain why recently they have placed even more restrictive preconditions on negotiations with Israel, such as no construction in Jerusalem on land owned by Israel, and which never was a consideration in previous negotiations.

  16. Noah Farbstein says:

    Yori, your one-state solution looks familiar, and almost appears to be in line with some of Israel's largest detractorsseems including Tony Judt, Virginia Tilley and even the wakko Norman Finkelstein.

    Assuming, as appears recently to be the case, that Jewish population growth actually is far greater than that of the Arabs, Israel should annex all of the so-called "disputed" territories and require allegiance by all citizens, both Arab and Jew.

    However, if we are in the minority, I don't believe a simple agreement by the Arabs as to the Jewish nature of Israel would suffice, especially under your proposal, as the Arab world (and the Palestinians) never truly has accepted the legitimacy of Israel, in any form, as the Jewish National Homeland. This continues to be demonstrated by the rerfusal of Hamas, the popularly ele…cted government in Gaza, and other radical Islamic fundamentalists, such as Islamic Jihad, to accept Israel’s existence.

    More alarming is your failure to highlight the the nature this one-state alternative that you seem to advocate (what would the new state look like, aside from 'lots of smiles?'). Iin my opinion, under the later scenario, it merely would replace a democratic state with yet another Arab Nation state. Most likely, one that is radically Islamic and at best it would see the subjugation of the Jewish minority, but more likely its cleansing. In fact, one need not look any further than the treatment of Coptics in Egypt, woman and minorities in Gaza, and Israel circa 1920/21, 1929, 1936-1939, etc.

    Further, even Benny Morris, one of Israel’s most well-known historians and an authority on this topic, has reversed course and blames the failure of the peace process on the Palestinians, which he claims do not seek a two-state solution. Instaed, they openly endorse a binational state with an Arab majority (e.g. Sharia Law) in all of the land of Israel.

    In fact, Morris, with whom I fully agree, believes that the Palestinians, including the PLO/PA, never truly accepted a two-state solution (even in the 1990s), as clearly stated in their charter (“…from the river to the sea.”). This might explain why recently they have placed even more restrictive preconditions on negotiations with Israel, such as no construction in Jerusalem on land owned by Israel, and which never was a consideration in previous negotiations.

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