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Former IDF Chief of Staff: A New Strategy for Israel-Pal. Conflict
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | September 2, 2008 | Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon

Posted on 09/02/2008 4:15:45 AM PDT by jerusalemjudy

· Solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says mainstream public opinion, and the rest will follow. But the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is only one of many afflicting the Middle East, and it is by no means the dominant one.

· The Palestinian leadership continues to evade accountability. Today the watchword is "weakness." The image of political impotence has become a precious asset in the Palestinian strategy. The problem is not Abbas' actual capabilities. The problem is his unwillingness and lack of determination to create and govern a viable and accountable state.

· Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and others have called for more foreign assistance for the Palestinians. This strategy has no chance of success if it is not linked to reforms. Unless the Palestinians are first convinced through education to give up the extremism which informs their national and religious aspirations, they cannot be expected to be full partners in building a vibrant Palestinian economy.

· · The central conflict of the Middle East is not territorial but ideological; not about borders but about Islamic Jihadism and Western liberty. No ideology, least of all radical Islam, can be defeated by concessions, which encourage, energize, and inspire Jihadists. Those who wish for peace must face and assimilate this fact, and realize that territorial concessions, or any concessions in any realm in the struggle against militant Islam, have been consistently counterproductive.

· I propose we replace this approach with a bottom-up strategy in which the PA first proves its willingness and ability to govern.

Current efforts to achieve a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are based on a number of deeply flawed assumptions. These have in turn produced an erroneous paradigm and a manifestly failed strategy for seeking peace and security which is preventing us from moving forward.

(Excerpt) Read more at jcpa.org ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: conflict; iran; iraq; islam; israel; mohammedanism; palestinians; wot

1 posted on 09/02/2008 4:15:45 AM PDT by jerusalemjudy
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To: jerusalemjudy

Well thought out proposal for true peace in the region and true security for Israel.

As it depends on the Palestinians stepping up, it’s never gonna happen.


2 posted on 09/02/2008 4:33:00 AM PDT by opocno (France, the other dead meat)
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To: jerusalemjudy

If I were the PM of Israel, I’d give the slammite world 30 days to find a place to put the savages, and the place would have to be at least 1000 miles from Israel, and I’d inform them that any found an inch closer than that on day 31 would simply be killed.


3 posted on 09/02/2008 4:49:09 AM PDT by wendy1946
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To: jerusalemjudy
Every attack upon Israel should result in the expansion of
Israel's borders. Land for peace? How about Land OR peace?
Israel must state in no uncertain terms that land acquired because of attacks on Israel is forever a part of greater Israel, just like the Golan.
4 posted on 09/02/2008 4:56:48 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jerusalemjudy
and it is by no means the dominant one.

Yes, it is. Sorry. No one in the Middle East obsesses over disputes between Syria-Lebanon, Yemen-Saudi Arabia, Iran-GCC, etc to same degree that they obsess over Israel.

Unless the Palestinians are first convinced through education to give up the extremism

Educated Palestinians hate Israel as much as the rest of them. Secular Palestinians hate Israel for secular reasons. Give it up already.

I propose we replace this approach with a bottom-up strategy in which the PA first proves its willingness and ability to govern.

So we must depend on the Palestinians to "change" & "be able to govern" & "improve their economy". LOL with this kind of thinking, no wonder we're screwed.

5 posted on 09/02/2008 9:15:17 AM PDT by forkinsocket
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“The “solution,” when it comes, will be only half our doing. For us, the quest for stability in the Middle East requires moral clarity, vision, and a long-term strategy based on realistic assessments. Ultimately, the long way is the shortest way and I believe the right one which will lead towards a better future for all the peoples of the Middle East and the free world. “

First off, while this is a good article, it fails to mention the most important thing. Israel and subsequently Jews are hated by 75% of the countries on this planet. (Estimation) This includes rich and powerful Jews who are Communists first.

There is a solution to the Palestinian/Israeli issue. Back in the early 1900’s it was suggested that the state of Israel be created from another country and Jews were to move there. I believe this was part of the British Uganda program in 1903.

Well, why don’t we do the same thing, giving the Palestinians Sinai? It has defensible borders, a warm water port and it can be developed the same way Israel was developed.

Countries can provide technology, money, resources and time to create a new Palestine. Right now billions of dollars are being given to a people that do not care about themselves. They only care about the destruction of Israel.

This takes it off the table.


6 posted on 03/29/2009 6:23:10 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Bow down to me. I am TOTUS.)
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