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Teen for teen: Palestine and Israel

'Palestinians inspect damaged areas following an overnight Israeli air strike, on July 3, 2014 in Gaza City', Gaza. Anadolu Agency—Getty Images
'Palestinians inspect damaged areas following an overnight Israeli air strike, on July 3, 2014 in Gaza City', Gaza. Anadolu Agency—Getty Images
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News was that some Israeli radicals reciprocated Palestinian radicals murdering 2 Israeli teens by wounding and burning alive one Palestinian boy. It is a version of an eye-for-an-eye justice, however, the act by Israelis makes them even with the Hamas terrorists in brutality and inhumanity.

When the Palestinian Authority aligned with Hamas recently, that undermined them because the world recognizes Hamas as a terrorist organization bent on the destruction of Israel. That is a never ending dead end. Peace talks were disrupted as a result.

These instances of violence are trivial against the larger backdrop of the problem, of course. However, flashpoints can ignite catastrophically, especially when the Jihad is burning in the the Middle East.

The trouble stems from a vast number of Muslims who are either radicalized or trending to be influenced by radicalized Muslims. At the heart of the problem is the absence of tolerance in the core faith and the notion of sticking with 13th century laws and traditions that are simply unacceptable in a modern world. The free world will not accept the imposition of a radical Muslim world.

The Israeli and Palestinian problem pits one staunch faith against another in a location that is sacred to both, but too small to accommodate the populations that lay claim to it.

The only way that there can be peace here is when the free world asserts sufficient engagement to change the trend. What we witness in the Middle East is a fight among sects that is an internal one, and a fight with the free world that is external. All are drawn into the fight for freedom because all have a stake in the outcome.

  1. Natural resources, principally oil, was and is an immediate asset that is sought to power the world
  2. The energy paradigm is changing that that will leave vast numbers of Middle East people with fewer natural resources to support a population that already exceeds capacity to support them
  3. When Middle Eastern people embrace religious beliefs that are hostile to non-believers, that places the vulnerable population at greater risk

The risk is that the free world and those with greater resources will abandon the population in need of assistance

Now, it is urgent for leaders in the Middle East to communicate the circumstances, risks and opportunities to change and improve the plight of humanity who are on a failing path

The eye-for-an-eye mentality serves no justice in this greater context in which diverse people must find common ground and common rules for coexistence.

Pursuing the 2-state solution

“It (the 2 state solution) will be, at best, an incomplete solution, rather than a comprehensive one. This is because a two-state solution, essential though it is, will only address the needs of Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and possibly Palestinian refugees elsewhere if they emigrate to the new Palestinian state or receive sufficient compensation (there is little, if any, chance that they will be able to exercise a "right of return" to Israel). But Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and Palestinians in the Diaspora are not the only Palestinians. There are also Palestinians who live in Israel and are Israeli citizens. At present, there are approximately 1.3 million Palestinian citizens of Israel, comprising about 20 percent of Israel's total population and about 12 percent of Palestinians worldwide. This Palestinian population has been almost completely ignored by the international community. For decades, international discussion of what has become known as the Palestinian "problem" or "question" has focused almost exclusively upon the dire predicament of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. The Palestinian minority in Israel has received little, if any, attention; many international observers are barely even aware of the existence of such a minority. Nor is it just the international community that has ignored Israel's Palestinian minority. So, too, has the Arab world, and even the official leadership of the Palestinian national movement (the Palestinian Liberation Organization [PLO] and the Palestinian Authority [PA]).”

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