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Submitted by SarahSue (United States), Jul 14, 2012 at 20:29

This is a good article by Messrs. Rosen and Pipes. It is trying to deal with reality and facts on the ground.

However, I disagree with all of it. Why? Because it does not deal with the real elephant in the room. If you peel back the issues between the Israelis and the muslims, a.k.a., the 'palestinians', what do you find at the core? What you find is that we are asking the Israelis to live in peace and harmony with their enemies. Not passive enemies, but active enemies that have agitated for Israel's demise since 1948. Enemies that have passed down their hatred of Israel from generation to generation. If this conundrum is not solved, then every other fix is going to fail.

Secondly, Rosen and Pipes are trying to resolve the refugee issue with the very organization that has perpetuated it. I understand their reasoning. UNRWA is already there in Israel, if it could be reformed, then it could be used for good. But even they acknowledge that the chances for these changes are slim to none. And the reasons for this is obvious. UNRWA is happy with the way things are. They see no reason to change because they are making a good living perpetuating this machine. Creating more and more refugees ensures that they will be making a high-quality living in the foreseeable future. Why mess with their own self-perpetuating meal ticket? A win, win for all concerned except Israel.

A completely different approach is called for. One that ignores the wants and desires of the muslims and UNRWA. They have made their agendas clear, and it has been an unmitigated disaster for Israel. They have never taken into account what was best for both sides. We need to stop rewarding this selfishness. Since the Palestinian Authority has made it abundantly clear that no compromise is possible, then we need to stop trying to appease two diametrically opposed people. We keep trying to see and deal with both sides of this conflict and it has not gotten us anywhere. We keep trying to reform the U.N. and its corrupt agencies. Why? Can any good come out of so evil an organization? Can we really expect them to bash Israel at every opportunity but help Israel with the very problems it has created? That would not be very smart of them.

The answer is, of course, no and no. We need a fresh approach. And I have one. I think that we should politely ask Israel to consider getting rid of both the muslims and UNRWA. They are wedded together, let them leave together. If UNRWA is committed to helping the muslims, then they can help them in places outside of Israel. If the aid and the money go elsewhere, then the muslims will follow.

Right now, the unstable situation in Syria could be used to advantage. The muslims could be sent to Turkey to join the Syrian refugees already there. They are in desperate need of relief. If UNRWA joined them then all the refugees, fake and real, would benefit. Sure, Turkey would complain, but while it would cause one problem, overcrowding the already crowded camps, but it would solve another, feeding them. UNRWA is fully capable of setting up tent cities as large as needed. The land they would use on the Turkish border, is not being used for any better purpose. And once the muslims and UNRWA are out, they stay out, permanently. Apartheid? Only to idiots.

Sooner or later, a solution similar to this needs to be implemented. Israel tells us that they can live with the status quo. But the question is, 'Why should they have to?'. How many families with names similar to the Fogel's need to die? How many rockets need to fall on Israel from Gaza?

Right now Israel is full of crazy people. No, I am not talking about the politicians or the liberals. I am talking about the people that were expelled from Gaza. They were promised new homes and livelihoods from the government and these promises have not been kept. I am talking about the people closest to Gaza that have had well over 20,000 bombs rained down on their heads for seven long years. I am talking about the families of victims that have had to watch as over 1,500 terrorists were released to bring back one soldier. Terrorists that have gotten a new lease on life and are now free to marry and have children or be reunited with their families.

I am talking about the families that know that their loved ones can be killed just driving down the highway. I am talking about the so-called 'Settlers' that have the whole world talking about how they are an 'obstacle to peace' and if they just gave their homes to the muslims, all would be well in the world. I am talking about a country whose citizens are constantly vilified, while the violent none-citizens are considered paragons of virtue. I am talking about citizens of a country who are constantly being told that if they just commit suicide then all will be well in the universe. You cannot live in a place of such extreme mental stress without consequences.

And who in Israel and the territories are not being driven crazy? You guessed it, the muslims. While some of you obsess about the suffering of the muslims, what does their suffering really consist of? They pollute their own water and blame it on Israel. They refuse Israel's offer of water plants. They live under the Palestinian Authority, whose agenda is to keep them miserable. Do they rise up against this government? No, they just complain a lot. They still live in refugee camps and refuse Israel's offer to build homes. They agitate continually for goals that are unrealistic. Can you talk them out of these goals? No. They go into to Israel to get good paying jobs, while trying to destroy the country that gives them these jobs. They understand better than most what the differences are between living under islamic rule because they live under it at home and depend on a democratic country for their livelihood. Does this stop them from trying to destroy this democracy? No. The so-called suffering of the muslims is of their own making. They have refused every offer to make things better.

We need new ideas such as mine. I would love to see Messrs. Rosen and Pipes stop fettering themselves to the reality we see now and come up with ideas that will make a new reality. Remember, our space program used to be a gleam in some forward thinking person's eye. No reason we cannot be forward thinking just like them.

God bless America, God bless Israel

SarahSue


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UN 'hate camp' documentary starts gaining traction in the US [12 words]PezDispenserAug 25, 2013 02:14209202
unrwa [56 words]jeanSep 8, 2012 18:44198464
3A new approach [1133 words]SarahSueJul 14, 2012 20:29197241
1Elephant in the room [120 words]UgriJul 15, 2012 14:59197241
2The epitome of corruption and thievery [99 words]StasJul 13, 2012 03:04197215
Suspicious dealings [60 words]stranchanJul 12, 2012 19:00197196
4UNRWA *IS* the problem [171 words]Jake in JerusalemJul 12, 2012 05:37197169
3UNRWA Want Ad - The Economist - July 7-13 issue [163 words]David KoralJul 10, 2012 23:06197142
how the UNRWA defines a "large operation" [51 words]mythJul 14, 2012 17:49197142
1Lessening UNRWA's Damage [171 words]JudithJul 10, 2012 20:30197138
Perpetuating Arab refugee status serves 2 purposes. [61 words]M.D.Jul 10, 2012 16:45197129
Excellent backgrounder, but perhaps begs the question [118 words]Ted GruenJul 10, 2012 16:23197128
THE ROLE OF UNRWA AND ITS REFUGEES [115 words]JACQUES HADIDAJul 10, 2012 13:20197126
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2radical Islam the source of Palestinian suffering [164 words]
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6Jordan *IS* Palestine [213 words]Jake in JerusalemJul 12, 2012 05:49197123
apology, addendum to remarks about Palestinian refugees [160 words]Richard StoeckerJul 13, 2012 09:54197123
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4Pie in the sky, Mr. Pipes [139 words]Perry BirmanJul 10, 2012 06:57197116
painting the wall, not all black and white [86 words]mythJul 10, 2012 06:56197115
1split the roles [121 words]mythJul 10, 2012 06:47197114
2The UN does very little good and a lot of bad [114 words]Ken BesigJul 10, 2012 05:29197112
UNWRA [128 words]Paul WinterJul 25, 2012 08:36197112

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