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Reader comment on item: "A Shot at Peace": Can the U.S. Enforce the "Road Map"

Submitted by J (United States), Jul 8, 2003 at 15:29

The problem with the roadmap is that it is based on a lie and is largely unrealistic. It is based on a lie because there is already a Palestinian state with a palestinian majority. The state is Jordan. When Palestine was carved up 75% of the land became Jordan. It had people who never considered themselves Palestinians but who were muslim arab. However, if there is a case to be made that a "Palestinian" arab does exist then surely Jordan would qualify.
It is also largely unrealistic because it will inevitably lead to further attacks on Israel. It is turning over land to an organization that has put into its charter that israel cannot exist and has sworn to drive itself into the sea. Additionally, the land is a small chunk that would then have to be the home for millions. Israel already had little land to work with but now think of an even smaller area housing the "Palestinians" additionally there will be no resources in that region and no great access to running water. It will automatically be congested and overcrowded and most likely will result in further ire towards Israel. Not only that it will give the PLO a legitimate base with which to wage endless wars against Israel.

Here's an alternative solution to that of G.W. Bush. Rename Jordan Palestine. (or call it Jordanstine or Paledan) Kick the "Palestinians" out of Israel occupied land and send them to Jordan/Palestine. Let the PLO and the Jordanian royal family work out who controls the palestinians. Let the Arabs in the camps who are being refused housing by all Arab countries move into Jordan/Palestine where they belong. Let Jordan/Palestine build up its own infrastructure and leave israel alone.
This is a fair balance, (though renaming the country is rather silly) but would never happen as Jordan would have to give up sovereignty. But Jordan is a fundamental part of the Palestine equation and if we TRULY were to come to a fair balance that would benefit both arab and Jew they should be part of the peace process.

But any peaceful resolution is doomed to failure as too much of the Arab world considers the Jews as occupiers of Arab land (and sadly, much of Europe concurs, especially France) and so long as jews are alive and in power the arabs will fight them to the death. Sad to say that aside from Nazi Germany, there has never been as antisemitic ideology as the Muslim faith. Its why the Palestinians sided with Hitler during the war, its why the black muslims in america call Judaism "a gutter religion" and why Jews are not allowed to set foot in Jordan, and why Palestinians and much of the Arab world still think that Jews create Matzo using arab blood. It is an irrational hatred built into their religion. Since Muslims can't question their faith and apostacy is a death sentence, how do we change a Muslims mind without him ceasing to be a muslim?
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