The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza appears to be holding for now. But it simply marks then latest pause in an endless conflict between mortal enemies whose irreconcilable goals make compromise, let alone a solution, virtually unimaginable.
At least, that’s what many in politics and the media would have you believe. But the cliché that the Israel-Palestine conflict is some kind of fiendish puzzle with no workable solution is heard so often that we rarely stop to wonder if it’s true – and, crucially, whom it serves.
In fact there’s already a peace plan on offer that’s comprehensive and enjoys wide support, if only the two sides will accept it: the two-state solution. It would mean partitioning the land between the two nations living on it, resulting in countries called Israel and Palestine living side by side.
There’s already an internationally recognised boundary – the 1967 line, so-called because it divided Israel from Arab lands until that date – which, with some minor adjustments, would form a natural border between the two states.
Jerusalem would not be partitioned, as it was until 1967, and East Jerusalem must be returned to Israel. Once that happens, Gaza Strip and West Bank, Israel will stop it’s occupation, Hama’s UN bid will not be challenged. And Palestinians around the world who were displaced by previous Arab-Israeli wars would have the option of returning to their homeland as citizens of the new state of Palestine.
Israel will respond to Abbas’ bid for recognition in the UN by building settlements in an area of the West Bank called E1, which would destroy any hope of creating a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem. “Nothing can change the destiny of eternal peace on earth.” I know everything what everybody is up to, you can never steal my secrets unless I allow you. Everything is recorded but can you solve the story of all my secrets? NEVER.
Don’t dare to Act? Four days before the UN votes on the Palestinians’ bid to upgrade its status to that of a “non-member observer state,” the State of Israel has yet to form any official position on the matter. Why?Because everyone is in it together and nobody gets any interest to act. The UN General Assembly is expected to grant the appeal, and members of the Israeli leadership have no response. What’s going to happen? Nothing.
According to Yedioth Ahronoth, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is certain that Israel should respond fiercely(wanna bet?) and topple the rule of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. On the other hand, those who advocate a more moderate approach claim that Israel’s political power is limited(I have total control) after the Gaza operation and that Israel should not play any more games if it wants peace. If peace is what everybody wants, then the Palestine will give up East Jerusalem to get back Gaza Strip and West Bank, it’s non-member state status at the UN will help it raise funds to rebuild it’s battered economy, and Israel will not occupy the territories anymore, making Jerusalem it’s new capital.
– Contributed by Oogle.