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Quite a bit of baggage

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Submitted by JKF (Israel), Apr 5, 2009 at 04:36

Israel's new FM comes with quite a bit of baggage, most of it positive; the two state solution is one solution that was possible, but it is becoming unrealistic. The one state solution makes no sense, unless Israel is prepared to expel all arabs, which is not really a realistic way ahead.

The facts on the ground are as they are today, the prominent aspect of "the facts on the ground" is that notwitstanding repeated victories, the leadership did not have the required level of ruthlessnes to restore the old kingdom.

The historical legacy of the Jewish people, the promised land, whose legitimacy goes back 3000 years, has not been achieved by the choice of successive victorious Israeli leaders. Had the terrorist leaders achieved the victories of the Israeli leaders, the terrorists would have made mince meat of the rightful Israeli population. A small group of Israelis still pushes for the restoration of the old Kingdom, but that is no longer a realistic objective.

The way ahead, needs to be a Pal state on parts of the West Bank, that respects the facts on the ground the way the situation exists at this time, with some credible adjustments; but not the blind unjust, unjustified, expulsion of Israeli Jews from most of the West Bank; this must not be accepted nor be acceptable to any one in the democratic World; no more than it would be acceptable the expulsion of all Israeli Arabs from Israel.

Probably a compromise solution of 55-60% of the territory (WB) retained exclusively for the Pal state and the remainder 40-45% retained by Israel, with additional portions of land provided from contiguous areas West and North West to increase the Pal West Bank state.

Jerusalem needs to remain fully under Israeli and Jewish control, no ifs and buts, with guranteed access to all pertinent religions and religeous groups. The division of a city has never made sense in the past and it is a nonesensical idea for the future.

Moslems have their holiest site, Mecca, in their full control; there are dozens of Islamic republics, where moslems can live under all levels of Sharia laws; Israel is the only state, that approaches the ability for Jews to live an approximate life under Jewish principles. Absolutely no partition of Jerusalem should be considered.

The sit in Gaza needs to be normalized by the people of Gaza; Gazans need to abandon terrorism, recognize Israel's rights, etc- for which Israel and the Western World, in due time, should provide for the creation of a Gazan independent state. Then the people of Gaza, can negotiate on an equal footing with the people of the West Bank to create a united Pal state. If the people of Gaza do not want to join the people of the West Bank, into a single Pal state, so be it. Israel gains nothing either way.

A Pal WB state needs to be economically self sustaining, thus the need exists to accelerate its development. Nothing can be done with Gaza for as long as it is run under a terrorist ideology.

Let us hope Bibi and Avigdor start working towards a Pal State in the West Bank; only real progress will bring the hope of peace. The fact that a united Pal state can not emerge now, should not deter the Israeli gvmt from persuing the creation of a Pal state. If at least half of such a state can be brought about, it is better than nothing.

Enlightened Pals, will see that at least the IG is trying to help them establish a state. If the Gaza, WB marriage never happens, nothing that the IG nor any one else can do about it. Only the people of Gaza and the WB can forge a merger. A forced merger will never work out..

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