ROAD MAP POINTERS

 

OCCUPATION

 

 

THE RIGHT ROAD TO ARAB ISRAELI PEACE

 ON THAT MIDDLE EAST ROAD MAP

 

 

 

1. Forswearing hypocrisy by henceforth calling a spade a spade: meaning that at the very outset the US will take it upon itself, preferably by a resolution passed by both houses of congress and a statement by the President, to declare for a fact the fact that the root cause for the suffering visited upon the Arab and Jewish populations of Palestine for some hundred years now is the unreasonable and unjustifiable hostility of the Arab Nation at large toward the idea of a Jewish political entity in Palestine in any form or shape; no matter what justified criticism can be leveled at Israeli policies — this remains a basic fact the consequences of which the Palestinians must accept.  This declaration shouldn’t be understood as a call for punishing Palestinians but as clearing the way toward steps necessary to achieve Arab Israeli peace by which both parties will benefit greatly.

 

The lesser members of the so-called “road map quartet”, for instance, should be asked to endorse such declaration if they wish to qualify as honest contributors to the Middle East peace process.

 

2. Further, it must be made clear at the outset, by the US, that the borders of Israel will be determined by considerations of defensibility, thus their positioning will be dictated by topography and Israel’s need for reasonable geographic trip-wire depth. Which means that Israel’s territory will inevitably extend also over areas now populated predominantly by Arabs. As far as the territory is concerned this is Israel’s right; however, lording it over an Arab population is unacceptable as integration is impracticable. The territorial realities cannot be changed — the Arab population must be resettled eastwards outside Israel’s borders just as Israeli settlers will have to move out of Palestinian territory.

 

3. Further, it must be made clear at the outset that Israel must accept that outside Israel’s borders the Palestinians have a right to  a state — territorially uninterrupted, and only so — if they so wish. However, Israel doesn’t owe such a state “viability”. Nevertheless, that such a Palestinian state be viable is a legitimate Israeli concern. Hence a future Palestinian state must encompass the present kingdom of Jordan. Who should run the government, the king or Arafat’s heirs, is for Palestinians to decide.

 

4. Further, it must be made clear at the outset, that it never was Israel’s but the Arabs’ responsibility to take care of the so-called refugees by integrating them in Arab lands. A duty reprehensibly neglected for over fifty years; there is no and never was any “right of return”. The Arab side should start taking care of the problem in that sense right away.

 

5. Further, it must be made clear at the outset that incitement and hate propaganda by Palestinians ( and for that matter by the Arab Nation) against the State of Israel, in schools, academia, media, mosques, public places and by dissemination of such literature must stop immediately on pain of punitive action.

 

Asking five million Israelis to “negotiate” the above — which ought to be a destructive-aspirations-deflating-immutability — with in effect two hundred and seventy million Arab opponents, many of them disconcertingly suicide prone, is quintessential dishonesty. How about a full measure of honesty and fairness for a change?