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Option of Fatah rule in West Bank is pure Western fantasy and doesn't exist in the real world

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Submitted by G Marcus (United States), Mar 9, 2017 at 08:28

Only power keeping Fatah alive and preventing the West Bank from being overrun by Hamas (just like Gaza) is the Israeli military.

For West-Bank Arabs therefore there appears only three real long-term options to pick from: (a) Hamas rule, (b) Jordanian rule, or (c) the status quo.

Jordan, part of the initial Palestine Mandate, was separated by the British in 1922 to create the original Palestinian-Arab state and is today one of the best functioning and most stable Arab states.

Peace treaty with Egypt provides Israel with a demilitarized Sinai buffer.

If Arabs and other adversaries of Israel alike really wanted peace and co-existence, they would not have invented and nurtured a non-existent "Palestinian" identity, while Jordan already covers nearly 80% of Mandatory Palestine and most Gaza Arabs are indistinguishable from Egypt's Sinai Bedouin.

They would have instead pursued the only logical co-existential and sustainable path, a "3-State Solution" composed of Israel, Egypt, and Jordan:

- Gaza: Under security and political linkage Egypt, needs to be turned into autonomous Arab entity that can prosper as a Singapore/Dubai-like industrial/logistics hub on the Eastern Mediterranean.

- West Bank: In light of more complex geopolitics as well as looming Hamas takeover, parts of West Bank should to be linked to Jordan in some sort of federal structure; safeguarding security and settlements for Israel, demographics for Arabs, holy sites for both.

Egypt and Jordan face no alternative, because they can't allow adjacent Muslim Brotherhood (Hamas) or national-irredentist (Fatah) regimes, respectively.

Any further "Palestinism" or "2-State Solutionism" on narrow sliver, therefore serves only to further inflame conflict, and perpetuate endless bloodshed and suffering on all sides.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Excellent analysis. But you have not solved the dilemma. I agree that "parts of West Bank should to be linked to Jordan in some sort of federal structure" but what if the Jordanians don't want this link? Then we're back to square one.

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