Headline from Israel National News: “Report: Trump’s team drafting peace plan”. Further: “According to the report, the plan is intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls “the ultimate deal.”’
Also detailed in the story in the goal of implementing the two-state delusion, or as some people call it, the two-state solution.
No. Let’s not go down this path. There is no pot of gold at the end of it. There is no happy ending to this story. Mainly, because this is not a fairy tale. This is reality. A cold and brutal reality.
The reality is, as Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr put in French, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”. In English, “The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.”
What has stayed the same? Two fundamental things. One, the enemy. Two, well meaning fools who help the enemy.
The enemy hasn’t changed from when the Arabs didn’t accept the state of Israel in 1947 and 1948. On May 14, 1948 Ben-Gurion declared the creation of the State of Israel. The next day, the 15th of May, the British Mandate formally ended. Within a few hours, Israel was invaded by Arabs intent on genocide.
Seventy years later, there are still Arabs waging war on Israel, vowing to exterminate the Jews.
The well-meaning fools haven’t changed either. Before, during, and after the creation of the state of Israel, there were all these plans and commissions and strategies and resolutions to create peace in Palestine (now called Israel). The Holocaust survivors who fought and killed and bled and died in 1947, 1948, and 1949 to create Jewish state accrued no benefit from these utopian dreams. Only the bayonet at the end of the rifle created any modicum of peace and security.
And today again we have all these plans to create peace. All these master plans that are willing to potentially sacrifice the lives of current and future generations on the high altar of supposed virtue. To this abomination we must say no. Keep your peace, and we will keep our state.
Look, I agree with your sentiments. But people who think like you and I do on this matter are going to have to retreat a few steps and regroup, and think about the long game. For the foreseeable future the wind simply isn’t blowing our direction. All the behind-closed-doors collaboration with the Sunni monarchies over the past decade may precipitate a deal with the Palestinians in the hope of shoring up support for Israel against Iran. If anyone can nudge Bibi to the table, it’s Trump. He enjoys high trust/public approval in Israel and he’s clearly deep in cahoots with the Saudi Crown Prince in all these recent purges over there. Something seismic is rumbling and national religious voices in Israel may get drowned out when even the center-right over there starts saying “Meh, we all knew all along that two-states was a question of when, not if.” The fact is, the status quo in the territories can’t hold forever, and no one in Israel has the stomach for transfer, which would have disastrous diplomatic and economic consequences. One of the things I respect about the Arabs is that they take their religion seriously, but that means you can’t have peace with them because their religion is devoid of any such concept as permanent accommodation with an alien counterpart. So the silver lining here is this: that if the Israelis cede territory west of the Jordan, it will force them out of any degree of complacency, and new vigilance and creative thinking will have to come to the fore. Just because settlers are forced back across the Green Line doesn’t mean they have to stop being settlers in terms of goals and worldview.