If you know how to guarantee Israel’s security and then peace with Palestinians is possible, according to the intentions of Secretary of State John Kerry. He claims that the solution is “closer than ever”.
Now, if you ask Kerry and retired Marine Gen. John R. Allen about the details for how they intend to provide Israel with iron-clad security, they will tell you that is a secret.
Alright, let’s break down the barriers into bite sized pieces as a list to overcome along the way:
1. Arab people who are called “Palestinians” are dispersed into two communities surrounded by sea, Israel, and Jordan
The dispute about where they belong and who owns what has been going on for eons. There have always been Jews and Arabs living in the space that is now Israel and the greater area that at one time was considered a part of Syria.
There are extreme views about who the Arabs are. Some argue that there never have been a “Palestinian” people -- no historical government, no historical basis whatsoever.
Others will argue that the Jewish people arrived escaping the Holocaust and tool the land from Arabs for a state.
Neither extreme is exactly right.
One argument is that Arabs control 24 nations and 99.5% of the entire Middle East are just being greedy and discriminatory about the little state of Israel. Well, there is truth in that verifiable by observation.
2. Dispersed people without affiliation with a nation state begs for solutions. Alternative include:
- Dispersed Arab people being adopted by neighboring Arab states along with the land that they occupy
- Dispersed Arab people being consolidated into one place or the other through a process of Israel annexing one part and paying to relocate people to another
- Dispersed Arabs being invited to become citizens of Israel
3. All people in various Middle Eastern states are challenged by a problem facing the rest of the world and that is to become sustainable economies.
There are too many people living in locations without the resources to support them
In part, Israel overcame that problem through a combination of:
- Effective government
- Productive relationships
- Population and immigration management
- Development and application of advanced technologies
There is nothing stopping dispersed Arabs from doing the same.
4. Claims to sites and assets with religious significance
Jews, Christians, and Muslims all claim sites and assets in the territory to which they want access and over which they want control. One solution to that issue is to have the United Nations manage such assets. Another way is to require Israel to manage free entry and egress to the subject sites. That would be possible if and when Arabs stand down from declaring war on Israel.
In the meantime, as has been the case all along, the United States deploys tremendous military presence in the region with mighty power aimed at potential targets that range from hostile nation states like Iran and Syria to dispersed terrorist groups throughout the region and the world.
Israel is such a small state and location, that weapons of mass destruction used against them would surely annihilate many Arab people in neighboring states. War between Arabs and Israel is a lose-lose proposition.
So, Israel and Palestinian people representatives need to work out their coexistence. If Israel and its friend commit to the success and well-being of dispersed Arabs, it seems that an agreement can be reached. The only true barrier is from outside influences.
Identify the hostile influences and force them to knock it off. That is what the US and allies have been doing with sanctions against Iran and Syria for instance. There is a host of instability in the Middle East and it all stems from governments that fail to support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The focus must be to initiate all foreign policy from the basis on Human Rights and respect for all. Any government, including religious-based governments that cannot accept that are enemies of the free world. On that score, is where the battles in diplomacy and war begin.
“Kerry says prospects are good for Israeli-Palestinian peace
EPA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a Jerusalem hotel, Dec. 6, 2013.
By Anne Gearan and William Booth, Updated: Friday, December 6, 6:25 a.m.
TEL AVIV — Secretary of State John F. Kerry claimed Friday that the prospect of achieving a long-elusive accord between Israelis and Palestinians is mounting, despite widespread skepticism that the talks he fostered are making headway.
“We are closer than we have been in years to bringing about the peace and prosperity and security” that both parties deserve, he said. He also likened the effort to bring peace to the Middle East to the late Nelson Mandela’s long struggle to end apartheid in South Africa.
“It always seems impossible until it is done,” he said.