The relationship between Palestinians and Jews finds a clear foundation in the Jewish Torah. The land of the Palestinians is the target of the Ultra-Orthodox Jews, and the indigenous peoples, the Palestinians, are to be rooted out for eternity. The Israeli government will not rest until their goal of redeeming all of the land of Canaan is achieved, which includes most of Syria up to the Euphrates River, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Sinai Peninsula. The eternal mandate of the Torah will keep modern civilizations on their toes, waiting for the next strike from either side.
Through the assistance of a precursor of the United Nations—pressured by three terrorist organizations, the Zionist Irgun paramilitary, the radical Lehi Fighters for the Freedom of Israel, and the Haganah paramilitary—the world has provided the Jews with a sanctuary to share with the Palestinians. This decision was taken without the consent of either the Palestinians or the surrounding nations. Ever since, the Orthodox Jews have been quarrelling and rebelling against the world’s will, and their neighbors have been intent on wiping them off the face of the earth.
One might think that more liberal Jewish organizations would think differently. Indeed, on April 6, 2011, a group of prominent Israelis put forth the Israeli Peace Initiative, a proposal for a two state solution that will not be met with enthusiasm by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The plan has grown out of fear in face of the uprisings throughout the Middle East since the beginning of 2011. In order to come to peace with Syria and Lebanon, Israel, according to the plan, would withdraw from Golan and complete its withdrawal to the international border as agreed with the United Nations. The plan embraces mutual cooperation in security and economics in order to foster peace, prosperity, and normal relations. While the initiative foresees a sovereign state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with a safe corridor between the two and a division of Jerusalem, it calls for a demilitarized Palestine. Having the Palestinians disarm renders them defenseless, of course, against Israel. Moreover, Palestinians that had fled from Israel would not be allowed to return, except with some whimsical and undefined permission. With some significant signs of hope, the plan reflects much of the same spirit that drives Netanyahu.
From the perspective of world stability and peace, it is not Palestine that needs to be demilitarized?it is Israel.
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