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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?
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
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
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.
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 choice.
Originally posted by PatrickGarrow17
reply to post by GeneralMishka
Yeah, that's why they would be best served by making their international rhetoric more focused on voting rights than Jewish occupation...
Goldberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Malverne, New York. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Pennsylvanian. While at Penn he worked at the Hillel kitchen serving lunch to students. He left college to move to Israel, where he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a prison guard during the First Intifada.
How Palestinians Can Finally Achieve Independence
Originally posted by FlyersFan
How Palestinians Can Finally Achieve Independence
If they shake off HAMAS ... which hasn't been doing them any good ... and get a new third party to plead their cause with Israel and the world. I'm thinking King Abdullah of Jordan. (I mentioned this elsewhere here today). Hamas hasn't exactly been the best choice for the Palestinians. They should fire Hamas and get King Abdullah. He has a bond with the Palestinians, all his country does. He's very intelligent and he knows the art of politics and how to get things done. He is savy with both the West and with the Muslim world.
Shake off Hamas. Get King Abdullah to represent them.
It couldn't hurt.
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...
Originally posted by samsamm9
Since the people of Palestine don't elect who YOU want, let's give them a king !
Originally posted by Kandinsky
In all events, it would be likely that Israel would set unachievable goals to prevent circumstances gaining momentum. Who could blame them? If roles were reversed, how many of the world's nations would put their head in that particular noose?