Latest update: June 12th, 2013
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.
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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