1 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Transfer is not a dirty word, says Ben Shapiro

Reader comment on item: The Three-Way Option: Arab States, Israel, Palestinians

Submitted by martin kessler (United States), Jan 25, 2017 at 19:42

I am so uninvolved with whatever happens in the Middle East that I tremble at the thought of making a sensible reply.

My views, informed as they may be from whatever comes to my computer is this: It's too late . The fact--and it has to be acknowledge as a fact--that for a conflict to persist this long the moment of resolution has long since passed. Views, issues and desires have hardened the longer the conflict persisted. There is no "magic bullet".

I don't mean to pooh-pooh the ides of enlarging the number of players but surely that could not be a novel idea sprouting de nova in the minds of the parties most involved.

An initial test of my view would be the embassy move promising Armageddon. I say it's a bluff. Indeed, the parties have bluffed themselves into a stalemate and they wonder: "Why can't we all get along". [ Digress: The same theme occurs in American race relations--and that has been going on for 3 hundred years all because America received only 350,000 slaves, unlike Brazil, who got 2 million. In Brazil the whites are a minority and there is no similar "race problem". All a matter of the historical quirk of numbers. Resolution? "Transfer is not a dirty word", says Ben Shapiro. Hint? ]

The answer is "They don't want to get along!" The parties believe , if only given enough time, their vision will win.

I'm reminded of the true Islamic radical. In his mind you--the West--have no comprehension of the conflict. He believes: "We have already won. It's a fait acomplia He and all his comrades are self-assured of that. It's only a matter of time Islam will be universal. Makes no difference if I die. There will always be someone else to continue the fight . Allah has promised us victory. "

My thinking is the President has to make another "Cairo"'-like speech--but this time involve the Arab states-- the Palestinians will be apportioned in accordance with the population number of the Arab States.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Transfer is not a dirty word, says Ben Shapiro by martin kessler

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)