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Reader comment on item: My Peace Plan: An Israeli Victory

Submitted by Said (Jordan), Apr 29, 2010 at 11:30

let's assume that the Israelis do eventually win: then what? You don't say what kind of deal the Palestinians will be forced to accept because you know that it will be nothing short of barbarous. Mass expulsions, prison camps, second class status for those who do stay, and an increasing campaign of terror against the Palestinians by settlers and their ilk. By their understanding of victory they will begin kicking people out of their homes with the help of the IDF and declaring that everything belongs to them regardless of what the truth is.

Then you use this cynical sentence "Ironically, an Israeli victory would bring yet greater benefits to the Palestinians than to Israel," to convince the gullible idiots that Israel will be benign towards the Palestinians, a fact not borne out by history. In fact, what will happen with an Israeli victory is that Israel will simply act with even more arrogance and impunity that it already has, whitewash its history of oppression against a population that even Ben Gurion recognised as indigenous. There is no doubt in my mind that the fanatics in Israel will take over if Israel wins and create one of the biggest waves of expulsion in the 21st century.

No sir, the only chance for a lasting is the negotiated solution, extremists on both sides be damned. They won't like it one bit, but with the ensuing calm their voice will be increasingly diminished and eventually vanish. That is the real solution, not some absolutist view to this conflict. Simply put, neither side has the power for an outright victory, and cetris paribus, will never have.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

You are putting words into my mouth. I wrote about the Palestinians fixing their garden and you conjure up mass expulsions and prison camps. That is your vision, not mine.

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