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Note- Why not try a 2 states solution?
This is my answer to a friend of mine that could not accept my observation that a Two States Solution (about which I wrote earlier) is not practical for the foreseeable future.
He is asking why not? Why not try it. He also said that the current Israeli government is supporting it.
Ron, I admire your idealism, your eternal hope, I was one myself, however, the reality there is beyond most Americans. And most Westerns that live under an umbrella of a secure state, except when a 9/11 or London trains are bombed. Even that is miniscule compare to the situation in Israel. The Israelis feel the pain of each casualty, each bomb, and each rocket attack. One atomic bomb here will not stop the rest of the US from functioning. We will easily survive. One nuclear bomb in Israel is the end of the state.
It is certainly better to live under the current situation than have a free Palestinian state. Yes, Israeli civilians are murdered from time to time, suiced bombers are trying to penetrate the state, and will from time to time. All of these casualties are considerably less than normal everyday traffic deaths in Israel. The emotions are the driving force here, not the deaths.
Even if the Palestinians accepted to be demilitarized, it will be a false situation, as it is in Gaza. Egypt, UN monitors, the US, promised that Gaza will not obtain weapons via the Egyptian border. They do get weapons and other illegal material constantly. Just imagine this to happen on the West Bank, current area which is to a reasonable extent is controlled by Israeli security and IDF forces. That is why few attackers come from there and no rockets.
Just imagine a Palestinian state that has direct borders with Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and in some way Egypt. The life of the Israeli would be impossible.
If you know the map of the area, the elevations involved, the command over the total Israeli areas from the Palestinian side, you would not think about any suggestion of a free Palestine state.
The fact that the current Israeli government is supporting a 2 States shows that either they play the political game required now or they are ignorant of reality. Many Israeli leaders have been less than smart, especially Rabin and Peres, I would not write down the name they deserve, because they were wishful thinkers, not wise leaders of a State in such precarious region.
There is a possibility that Jews would not be able to survive in that region. If the French lived there wioth the same statistics, they would have clabber the Arabs so badly, no one will say a word, and the Palestinians and Arabs would run with their tail between their legs. The morality of the Israelis is not suitable to the Middle East, and that makes kill them.
Do not assume that just because these leaders were elected and just because some or even most of the public support them they have the wisdom needed. Just remember Bush, we elected him, Congress gave him the freedom to do much of what he wants, we elect Congress in the most free of all Democracies? How many more imbecile leaders around the world?
Ron, before each email analysis I write on Israel, now for seven years, I spend weeks thinking, reading, analyzing what is going on, what may be the outcome. Half of my emails analysis I do not send out, I do not feel they convey the message to outsiders, to Americans, adequately, or it is just not quite right.
I am able to have these different views, possibly clearer, less emotional views, than most because I was born there, my family of 200 years there ingrained in me a deep love for a free, secured Israel. I lived there, help liberate Israel, and later am free to think differently because I am here and not burdened by the fears that many there feel. Also, I have spent most of my life learning to separate real from imaginary, both in my private life and technical life.
May be, also, I am less inclined to be burdened by wishful thinking.