a thought on the two-state solution
Too many people make the classic, naive assumption: just give the Palestinians some land and autonomy, and there will be peace!
…No. In reality, this would create an even stronger Iranian puppet to do whatever Ahmadinejad pleases in the region with little to no regulation by the Israeli government. Iran already funds most of Hamas’ violent struggle, provides the terrorist organization with weapons, and trains Palestinian militants (1). If Israel is unable to regulate the territories’ borders and prevent Iran’s support for Hamas, it would result in a huge security issue for Israel and even more warfare. Iran and other Middle Eastern allies would more easily be able to support them and they would undoubtedly become the puppet to anti-Zionist foreign policy. And to be honest, do we really need another Islamic fundamentalist country that uses terrorist tactics and is overrun by poverty in the world?
Do the Palestinians really need their own country because of their claim that they have been living there for centuries and that they are their own ethnic group?
Even PLO leaders and King Hussein of Jordan have admitted that Jordan is Palestine; Palestine is Jordan. Over 70% of the 2.8 million population of the kingdom are Palestinian Arabs. The Arabs of Jordan are exactly the same people as the Arabs living in the “West Bank” — as alike as Americans from Iowa and from Wisconsin. There is no difference between them in language, ethnicity, or social customs. Before the Six Day war, the concept of a second Palestinian state located in the West Bank had never occurred to anybody. Over 2 million Palestinians live in Jordan, and only 800,000 in the occupied territories (2). Do they need another country? Wouldn’t allowing another Palestinian state to exist inside of Israel be redundant and suicidal? The Hungarians living in Romania don’t have another country; neither do the Turks living in Bulgaria, nor do the Swedes living in Finland. Then why should the Jordanians/Palestinians living in the occupied territories have another country, since they have a country of their own right next door?
According to Arab-American columnist Joseph Farah,
“Palestine has never existed - before or since - as an autonomous entity. It was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire, and briefly by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their homeland. There was no language known as Palestinian. There was no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a Palestine governed by the Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc.”
Imagine if Israel actually conceded and Palestine were to become a country. You think that would be the answer to the conflict? No. You’ve still got a terrorist organization now running a COUNTRY rather than a territory with a lot more autonomy and less regulation. They would take advantage of that, and you’d have to be extremely naive to believe that they would stop terrorizing Israel. They would still want to wipe Israel off the map, but having their own country, they’d be stronger.
That being said, I think that if Palestine has to become a country, then it should only achieve its independence once both sides recognize each other’s right to exist and once constant attacks aren’t the Palestinian governing authorities’ major strategy. Only when these qualifications are met, and when Hamas is no longer in power, Palestine can become its own country. But for Israel to concede and allow Palestine to exist under current circumstances would be practically suicidal.