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Sunday, 07 April 2019 20:26

It is Time for Real Negotiations

Written by  Bob Serody

The SCPA meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian problem was an attempt to find a way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through meaningful discussions among a board of knowledgeable spokespersons.  I believe that the challenge was too great to come up with a viable solution, and there were no strong arguments voicing why a peaceful resolution wasn’t possible at this time. There has to be a basis for negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and that means compromise, where something is given up on both sides. In fact, the present Israeli Government has taken the position that the only way to protect its people is to do away with the rights of Palestinians – meaning no self -government, no geographical unification of dispersed Palestinians, no right of return to the occupied territories, and no resolution of a two-state approach dictated by the United Nations General Assembly. Another problem involves undo interference into Middle-Eastern affairs by the Trump administration.

The basic argument on the part of Israel is that the Palestinians threw away the opportunity to become an independent state when five Arab armies attacked Israel after the United Nations vote confirmed Israel’s right to exist, followed by the outcomes of the 1967 Six Day War, and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. At this point, it would be very difficult to reverse Israel’s position that compromise isn’t practical, let alone preferable.

The problem with this argument is that three generations have grown up and replaced their ancestors on both sides during the 71 years since 1948. I feel that most of the Israeli and Palestinian people prefer to live in peace and want to resolve the conflict. Yet, the leaders now in control of the Israeli government see a great opportunity to achieve total domination over the Palestinians by holding hands with the American President and certain Jewish American coalitions. The Israeli government has strong support in this country.

One powerful coalition is the Republican Jewish Coalition, formerly the National Jewish Coalition, founded in 1985. It is a political lobbying group in the United States that promotes Jewish Republicans. The RJC is one of the most important voices on conservative political issues for the Jewish American community. The organization has more than 47 chapters in the United States.  Norm Coleman, the former Minnesota senator who now chairs the Republican Jewish Coalition, brokered a $30 million donation by Sheldon Adelson to bolster GOP efforts to keep their U.S. House of Representatives majority. Trump has made good on two of Adelson’s main requests: moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem (thus recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel) and pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The Trump administration has also recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, and supported Israel’s claim to the strip of the West Bank consisting of illegal Jewish settlements.  All of these moves are not only political; they are in direct violation of United Nations mandates. It is indeed strange when those Jews who wish to accept Palestinians as fellow human beings, and want them to achieve a peaceful settlement with Israel, are now being branded as anti-Semites. If decisions are made based only on politics and military force, why do we have a world body whose main purpose is to settle disputes among nations?

After World War I, the League of Nations was formed to prevent another war of global magnitude. It was doomed to failure because of impossible reparations imposed on Germany along with super-inflation. These conditions prepared the country for takeover by Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party. After World War II, the United Nations was formed to prevent a second war of global magnitude. This attempt was more successful because the United States introduced the Marshall Plan and the Truman Doctrine to stabilize the economy of Europe, and NATO united Western Europe into a powerful coalition against the Soviet Union. The United Nations provided a forum to air and resolve international problems and thereby prevent Armageddon on a nuclear scale.

Returning to the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if the Trump administration continues to act on its own in defiance of the General Assembly mandates, we will find ourselves isolated from the world community at large. This political interference has ignited and will continue to ignite more Middle-East protests, followed by armed conflict. Unintended consequences can lead to further escalation by drawing in other countries. Two areas of modern warfare could exacerbate triggering mechanisms: cyber-warfare, which now includes attack on communications links in space, and nuclear-tipped missiles that cannot be recalled.

Today, more than ever, if we don’t recognize that today’s issues must be settled by the United Nations on a peaceful basis, and that its decisions must override any country’s political ambitions, we might find that extinction of the human race is much closer than we might imagine.

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Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

*ED. NOTE: The views expressed here are solely those of the author. SCPA does not endorse candidates and welcomes commentary on a wide range of issues, including political campaigns, local, regional and national. If interested in contributing commentary, please contact SCPA.

 

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