Here's a pretty shrewd article from Bloomberg, that proposes the best strategy I have heard for Gaza..
How Palestinians Can Finally Achieve
The article begins by stating the obvious: Current strategy of Palestinian independence has been unsuccessful.
The Hamas prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, said in a televised speech last week that his group remained committed to a policy of
indiscriminate murder. He gave this policy a different name, of course. “Resistance,” he said, “is the shortest way to liberate Palestine.”
So, how’s resistance working out for you so far, Mr. Prime Minister?
Crude military campaigns have been more counter productive than anything else for Palestinians.
The current strategy of the more moderate leadership of the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank, is less bloodthirsty but is also
grounded in unreality. Part of this strategy is to continue to argue against the legitimacy of the Jewish state -- against the idea that Israel is the
historic home of the Jewish people. This argument, aside from ignoring archaeology and history, has failed to convince Jews that they are not who they
believe themselves to be
They won't bomb Israel out, and they won't talk them out either...
So what should they do instead?
On Nov. 29, the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is scheduled to make this appeal in New York, and he is almost certain to gain some level of
heightened recognition for the Palestinians.
There is, however, a strategy the Palestinians could implement immediately that would help move them toward independence: They could give up their
dream of independence.
It’s a very simple idea. When Abbas goes before the UN, he shouldn’t ask for recognition of an independent state. Instead, he should say the
following: “Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza 45 years ago, and shows no interest in letting go of the West Bank, in particular. We, the
Palestinian people, recognize two things: The first is that we are not strong enough to push the Israelis out. Armed resistance is a path to nowhere.
The second is that the occupation is permanent. The Israelis are here to stay. So we are giving up our demand for independence. Instead, we are simply
asking for the vote. Israel rules our lives. We should be allowed to help pick Israel’s rulers
Yeah...that's the one!
Demand the right to vote....what country in the West can stand against this without sounding like a complete hypocrite?
And the implications?
The Muslim population is on the rise in the territory, and if it were to become an equal right democracy today, Arabs would outnumber Jews...
From Israel's Fading Democracy -NyTimes
If this trend continues, all vestiges of democracy will one day disappear, and Israel will become just another Middle Eastern theocracy. It will
not be possible to define Israel as a democracy when a Jewish minority rules over a Palestinian majority between the Jordan River and the
Mediterranean Sea — controlling millions of people without political rights or basic legal standing.
Here is the chink in Israel's armor, and the best way for Palestinians to advance their cause. Argue in terms of fair governance and human rights,
including the right to representative government.
What would the outcome be?
From the Bloomberg article:
Reaction would be seismic and instantaneous. The demand for voting rights would resonate with people around the world, in particular with American
Jews, who pride themselves on support for both Israel and for civil rights at home. Such a demand would also force Israel into an untenable position;
if it accedes to such a demand, it would very quickly cease to be the world’s only Jewish-majority state, and instead become the world’s 23rd
Arab-majority state. If it were to refuse this demand, Israel would very quickly be painted by former friends as an apartheid state.
Israel’s response, then, can be reasonably predicted: Israeli leaders eager to prevent their country from becoming a pariah would move to negotiate
the independence, with security caveats, of a Palestinian state on the West Bank, and later in Gaza, as well. Israel would simply have no
According to this article, and I have to agree, a shift in strategy by Palestinians from independence to voting rights would handcuff Israel into
granting them independence, for fear of a majority Arabic population gaining full control of the state that is now Israel.
Unfortunately for Palestine, this almost certainly won't happen.
And it isn't a fail safe strategy by any means. They could demand the right to vote, Israel could offer independence, then Palestine could say no we
want the vote, then the war could become a winner take all...which Israel would win.
Conspiracy! Maybe that's what the author wants, I mean his name is Goldberg...
But yeah, I really agree, to summarize for anyone who detests reading a long post:
Palestinians would be best served by shifting their strategy to demanding equal voting rights in Israel. Fearing the Arab majority, Israel
would likely concede territory to Palestine for an independent state.
edit on 11/27/2012 by PatrickGarrow17 because: spelling n stuff