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Submitted by Charles Martel (United States), Jul 28, 2019 at 19:27

Now I realize this is going to swim against the current, so to speak. But perhaps it's time to rethink the wisdom of maintaining the Jewish homeland directly in the center of the Islamic hornet's nest. As a thought experiment, let's imagine a new Jewish homeland on the opposite side of the globe.

As someone steeped in Jewish learning from an early age, as well as the child of holocaust survivors, I fully understand the historical context. And yet, I also recognize that the core precepts of Judaism persisted for thousands of years despite doing so in diaspora. One thing that has never been tried is to create a well-protected Jewish homeland in a relatively placid geographical region, far from the Islamic menace that waxes and wanes but never goes away. So maybe its time to rethink the Jewish homeland question - outside the box of Eretz Yisroel.

Taking a drastic step such as I'm suggesting would almost surely accomplish several things at once. First, it would turn down the burner on one of the most volatile and persistent conflicts on the planet. Second, it would permit the Israelis to focus on creative, innovative, positive effort without simultaneously investing the bulk of their bandwidth in dealing with the constant threat of imminent existential eradication. Third, it would remove the philosophical bullets from the guns of the anti-Israel lobby in Iran and elsewhere. Finally, it could perhaps be tied to reinforcing what Professor Pipes terms Civilizationalism.

Again, just thinking hypothetically, perhaps in exchange for Israel relinquishing its tiny territory and relocating someplace far away, clear lines could be drawn to reinforce the Judeo-Christian basis of countries wishing to preserve Western civilization against the atavistic, transformative forces of Islam. These steps could include turning off the spigot of Saudi investment in education, closing most if not all mosques, halting immigration as Hungary and Poland have done, etc. In other words we would draw and maintain stark, black lines between dar al Islam and dar al Harb.

Once the "Palestinians" possessed the real estate they've been dying and murdering to own they would almost certainly transform it into the same barren desert that constitutes Gaza. And because Islam is intrinsically irrational and violent, particularly when it no longer has the Jews to blame for its bile, it must eventually destroy itself. As rational actors in the 21st Century, our goal should be to keep it from taking the rest of us down.

Think of it as instituting a Civilizationalist quarantine. Give the Muslims what they've been screaming for since 1948 while bolstering ourselves against gradual invasion, and eventual conquest.


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Wondering where you will place the new Israel where no problems will ensue.

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