This will likely be my only post in this thread. It was one of the most depressing reads I've had in a month.
I'm going to give my own opinion on it, and then quietly back out of the room.
"Proportional representation" - by itself - will not work. Folks will always worry about the "outnumbered side", and that side will play the
underdog... whether Palestinian at the moment, or Jew in the future. Both are simply great at playing the victim to their own advantage. Therefore,
proportional representation - alone - will not work.
Likewise, equal representation - by itself - will not work. it nearly entirely negates the will of the majority, and by far over-represents the will
of the minority. That's a recipe for disaster in a religio-politcally charged atmosphere such as is present there. They don't know what "resentment"
is, or how bad it can get, until they try that and watch it explode when the majority has had enough, and everyone is cooped up in the same nation,
with nowhere to run, nowhere to "walk it off" until steam stops flying out of their ears.
The only thing I can see having even a chance at working at the moment is a two state
, one nation
solution. A "Jewish" state - call it
Israel for the sake of explanation - with it's own form of state
government, as makes it's constituency happy, and a Palestinian state - call
it "Palestine" for the sake of explanation - with IT'S own form of state
government, whatever makes IT'S constituency happy. Over those two
states, at a national level, a Federal government over the both of them. The government of that federation would have to have a bicameral legislature
- one house with proportional representation, one house with equal representation, and the blessings of both houses before any action was taken or law
Now the nation itself could NOT be called either "Israel" or "Palestine". Those two terms have become entirely too politically charged, too polarized,
for either of them to work in labeling what would be essentially a new nation. Can't have anyone crowing about how "we
" won, as that would be
detrimental to forging the necessary Unity of the nation - it would just perpetuate the division. EVERYONE wins when the kids can grow without fear of
being blown up. Call it "Shalom al-Quds" for all I care, but neither of the former labels would be viable for the nation, however much they might work
well for the individual states.
The federation government would concern itself with things like commerce between the states, movement between the states, disagreements between the
states, and presenting a united front in dealing with external nations. Not to say it would be limited to those things, but only using them as
examples, that it would deal with the best interests of BOTH, not side with either, or be overwhelmingly controlled by either.
No one would have to give up their individuality or identity - they would just have to learn to work together, to play nice. Unity forged in
As nearly as I can tell, Hamas would have to go. I can't find anywhere that they've expressed a willingness to work together, but they DO seem to have
expressed plenty of willingness for domination and destruction. The Palestinian "refugees" could be repatriated upon an oath of allegiance to the new
nation. Their choice - if they don't want it, they could stay out in the cold with Hamas and continue whining about being "refugees without a
homeland". It would be hollow whining at best, since the option was given them.
Jews could live in Palestine if they chose, and Palestinians live in Israel if they chose - they would only have to subject themselves to the laws of
that state, just as the states subject themselves to the laws of the nation. Free travel between the two, just as in any other free nation. None of
this BS about how "they" took "our" land - live where you want. No one took your land - you're raising your kids on it, just look towards your feet -
whichever state you choose to live in.
Miyamoto Musashi said, in "A Book of Five Rings", "from one thing, know ten thousand things" - in other words, extrapolate. This is what I have
learned living in a "mixed" marriage on a personal level, but it can be applied - extrapolated - to a national level. The only thing holding it back
is fear, and perhaps bloodlust.
As a side note, a desire for domination is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS born from fear, never from anything else. If one has no fear, there is nothing to
need to control, nothing to dominate.
Now, before I get flamed by either faction here, I know as well as anyone else that this isn't going to happen, ever. They (and their hordes of minion
supporters) will keep on dukeing it out until the last man is standing, and wondering where everyone went, and why he has no one at all, of either
side, left to rule over. In other words, I don't expect ANYONE to read this and take it seriously, or to heart. It simply doesn't fit in with either
side's desire for domination, and so will be entirely rejected out of hand.
No need to flame me - I won't see it. It'll be a waste of perfectly good butane. I'm outta here. Too depressing to see people demonize the "other" and
toe their own party line, "victimize" their OWN side simply by claiming it so, with no one wanting to give an inch or see a human when they look "over
there" at the other side in the interest of peace for the kids to grow up in.
edit on 2014/5/15 by nenothtu because: (no reason given)