Palestine/Israel...Extermination, Occupation, War, or Peace
HP member Con 10t asked me a series of questions on another story on how I would resolve the Palestine/Israel conflict. I gave him a brief answer and I want to expand that answer here and ask for other solutions. I would prefer to avoid blame and who is right or wrong and deal with facts as there now on the ground in Palestine. Anyone is welcome to propose a solution.
Leaving out past history Israel and Palestine were set up as independent states in 1948 by UN resolution. There have been wars and attacks and ill will ever since. Today in Palestine there is Israel, ruled by mostly Jews, Gaza, ruled by Hamas and the West Bank, ruled somewhat by Fatah but with many restrictions imposed by Israel.
Israel has by far the strongest military and economy and there is no chance they can be defeated in the next 50 years. The west bank is prevented from having an army and has no large weapons systems. Gaza has a well armed militia and many rockets and some mortars but is in no way a match for Israel. The only viable solution is negotiations and an agreed settlement and a peace treaty.
My proposal. There would have to be a total cease fire in place. Both sides agree no firing across the border, no sending men across the border to kill for any reason. Israel would have to withdraw troops from Palestinian areas of the West Bank but could for now keep them in Jewish settlements. Fatah would have to prevent attacks on these settlements until there was a peace treaty.
These were con 10t's questions
what borders you accept for Palestine?
What aid you are willing to give them to rebuild?
What liberty and freedom you will open for Palestine?
What weapons, nuclear and diabolical, you will protest against in Israel. Things like that...
Borders must be negotiated. It will not be easy. Jerusalem would be the biggest problem. The border with Gaza is set but could be adjusted. In the west bank, some Israeli settlements would have to be removed, some would have to remain Israeli. Compromise is the key.
If there is agreement and a peace treaty Palestine should have the rights of all other nations.
Arms, weapons, control of borders. Israel would have the same rights.
The citizens should have full freedom and human rights.
Both countries should live in peace, not attack the other, engage in fair trade.
Gaza would need help to recover. Maybe $2 billion each from Arabs, Europe, US, technical help from Egypt and Israel.
No one would get all they want but it would be better than war
Israel will not accept any agreement unless all cross border attacks, rockets, mortars, suicide bombers, what ever, are ended, permanently. Most Palestinians would demand compromise on east Jerusalem and removal of most settlements from the West bank. None of this would be easy to agree on. It would take time and a willingness of both sides
to work for peace. Many more details would have to be worked out. A good first step would be
a two year total cease fire, with observers on both sides, to give talks a chance.
What are the odds this will happen? About 2%