Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What Caroline Glick’s One State Plan Unfortunately Misses

Caroline Glick has a new book out entitled 'The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan For Peace In The Middle East.'

As someone who has enjoyed her writing and clear thinking on this subject for some time, I regret to say that while she gets most of her facts right, I think she makes some unfortunate if well meaning miscalculations as far as her idea for solving the situation goes.

Ms. Glick's solution is simple; forget about the Two State solution. Israel should annex all of Judea and Samaria, put it under Israeli law, depose the Palestinian Authority and offer the inhabitants Israeli citizenship and, as she puts it, a better life for themselves and their children in "a pluralistic, liberal democracy with a first-world economy."

Here's why her solution is impractical at this point. First off, let's not forget that Israel tried this between the '67 was and the First Intifada, thinking they could live with these people in peace. Israel built schools and universities, hospitals, created jobs and a decent economy for the locals. And in the end, it was a horrific failure. It will even be worse now, with two decades of indoctrination by Arafat and Abbas, and Hamas (whom these people voted for to rule them in a free election) to stir the pot.If most of them weren't willing to buy into what she's offering then, why would they now? Even in Israel itself, there are almost 300,000 Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians and refuse to take Israeli citizenship. How successful to you think Israel is going to be with 1.5 million or so Palestinian Muslims who have been radicalized to hate Jews like poison for twenty plus years?

In fact, my lil' Birdie within the Palestinian Authority e-mailed me laughing about this just the other day. He's said for a long time that Abbas should disband the PA and just drop the whole mess in Israel's lap. Abbas and the Old Guard with their Jordanian passports and the money they've stolen would mostly depart, but the Hamas and Fatah commanders who would be left would embark on another massive war against Israel's civilians. The massive terrorism and the inevitable Israeli crackdown, complete with the biased press coverage and a plentiful supply of Pallywood 'bleeders' would make things infinitely worse while solving NOTHING. Remember, the Palestinians now have two fully equipped and trained combat infantry brigades courtesy of Gen.Keith Dayton and the American Taxpayer. The IDF could certainly defeat them, but the cost in PR and bloodshed would be horrendous.

Also, she assumes that the UN, President Obama and the EU would accept an Israeli annexation of this kind. All of them are totally invested in the idea of a second Arab Palestinian state, and in the case of the EU there are Muslim voters to consider.And as dysfunctional as 'Palestine' is and as much money as it costs them, it's what they want whether it makes sense or not. The Israelis unfortunately started this when they bought into Oslo, and the international backlash would be intense.You would see real claims of 'occupation' at that point and a spur for Obama, the EU and the UN to actually do something about it.

Annex Judea and Samaria and put it under Israeli law? Sure. Make the Pals Israeli citizens? The majority would never accept it. And those whom did would be subject to bloody retaliation by Palestinian terrorists as 'collaborators' .

There's a far better solution,and one I've been repeating for what, fifteen years now? As desirable as Israel having all of Judea and Samaria might be, Oslo pretty much ended that, and swallowing the poison pill of 1.5 million mostly hostile Arab Muslims is no road to peace, no matter what the demographics favoring a Jew9ish majority.

This is about a divorce.

Israel should forget about the mythical two state solution, and simply delineate the borders it needs unilaterally. That would probably entail leaving Area A and perhaps a little more territory to the Palestinians to make whatever they wanted out of it, while annexing Area C, the Jordan Valley and any parts of Area B Israel deemed necessary. At that point, Israel could simply remove any Jews on the Arab side of the line to Israeli territory and any Arabs whom are not Israeli citizens to the Arab territory (perhaps with compensation for property), and then defend those borders appropriately, warning Abbas or whomever takes over that any attacks on Israeli territory or Israeli citizens will be dealt with appropriately.

The international feedback would certainly occur (after all, in much of the EU and UN anything short of a successful jihad against Israel is going to provoke that) but Abbas is already on record as having a totally rejectionist stance anyway, and that and having a 'Palestine' to point to point to would eventually make a lot of the international reaction fade away. As that old Middle East saying goes, the dogs bark and the caravan moves on.

Read the rest at the Times of Israel.


Anonymous said...

I think your idea is better. I would ask Caroline what does she think will happen to the thousand of Palestinian refugees in the camps who are supposed to return to a Palestinian state (or Israel)? The neighbouring countries don't want to keep them indefinitely and will not grant them citizenship in their countries.

Rob said...

My own guess is a replay of 'Black September' with the Pals and the Muslim Brotherhood trying to take over Jordan as they did in 1970.

Reliapundit said...


Anonymous said...

Everyone is avoiding the real solution which is population transfer.
Annex Area C & B but allow autonomy to municipalities in Area A while establishing policies to encourage emigration. No citizenship, no social benefits, no economic aid.
Official policy should be ''Jordan is Palestine'' & to Hell with the midget king.
If we're not ruthless in our neighborhood, we won't survive.

Anonymous said...

Caroline Glick is brilliant and her understanding and knowledge of the facts is very impressive. For years I have been against a two state solution and the borders that would be used. I never understod who invented the borders that would be applied with a two state solution. And i'm sick of hearing Israel took the land, if people want to blame someone blame UN. And enough with crediting the US for all of Israels achievements the US has never had boots on the ground in Israel and private donations supercede what the US government give to Israel. And let's get one thing clear Israel was attacked by neighboring countrys and since once again Israel won and took the Golan Heights after being attacked they are NOT OCCUPYING the Golan Heights or any other piece of land it now belongs to Israel. Why should Israel be the only country not allowed to defend themselves??? I read Scandinavian papers often and their biased pro Palestinian articles and the critique of Israel is uneducated nonsens. A's Caroline Glick put it they know nothing about nothing. After the Holocaust the Jews said NEVER AGAIN!!! And they meant it. Her book is important and correct.

Yisrael learns from history said...

This is just what it says OPENLY in the PLO charter: Jordan IS Palestine. They want to take it over and kick out the foreign Has he mites who only came to the area thanks to British and american geopolitics. Who are we to disagree with the PLO? THEY HAVE A STATE already. The real answer is FULL human rights and ZERO voting rights outside their municipalities in area a. Set up area a as a "state" as in the US, let them collect their own taxes to take care of schools, social welfare, etc. All Knesset reps voted by loyal citizens only. This would be similar to the Turkish Ottoman Empire way: Jews had their Rabbinate, Arabs their Imamate, and Christians, their priesthood, each group taking Care of the needs of its individual communities. If the Pals don't like it in that set up in Israel, let them emigrate to the EXISTING Palestinian State of Trans-Jordan.

Rob said...

Well, Yisrael, if this were 1967, that would be one thing.

Jordan was obviously intended to be the Arab part of Palestine, and it says so in the original League of Nations Mandate.

47 years later, things have changed.

The Israeli Labor government (thanks,Uncle Shimon) stupidly agreed to Oslo, Arafat was brought in from Tunis, the PA is entrenched, and King Abdullah is a U.S. client.

Also, there's no way Israel can legally deprive those Arab Israelis of their citizenship is they already have it,nor would it be a decent or equitable thing to do. Nor would Israel's Jews endorse such a thing, as I'm sure you know.

The solution I outline here really is the best one, given current realities.It's also the best way to end the conflict.

YJ Draiman said...

The Oslo accord is null and void!

The Arab-Palestinians Charter explicitly states that they want the State of Israel for themselves and the Jewish people destroyed.

The Arab-Palestinians actions to date has proven that they do not want peace. Why is the liberal left and many of the world nations are fantasizing and deluding themselves that the Arabs want peace.

People of the world wake up and realize what is their ultimate mission, eliminate the unbelievers.
If the world at large does not wake up now they will be next. It already has started, take off the blinders, open you eyes and look around.

No entity in the world will force a solution on Israel.
They forced or were complicit to the Final solution in WWII with the Holocaust and the extermination of over 6 million Jewish people, men women and children.

Where were the worlds nations outcry, threats and objection when millions of Jewish people were being exterminated, men women and children? They were silent.

Where was the world nations when the Arab countries expelled over a million Jewish people from their countries who lived there for over 1800 years, the Arabs confiscated their assets, business, homes and land 5 times the size of Israel, valued in the trillions of dollars?

Where is the world nations today? Why do they ignore when thousands are slaughtered by Muslims throughout the world.
Today and since 1948. Israel is being threatened with annihilation and when Israel defends itself from destruction, suicide bombers, thousands of missiles, violence, etc, by the Arabs, every country has something to say, threaten Israel and meddle in its business.

This is the time when nations of the world must mind their own business and stay out of Israel’s internal affairs. Only then there will be a possibility of peace.

YJ Draiman