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

Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), May 1, 2010 at 15:39

"Fortunately for Israel, it need only defeat the Palestinians, and not the entire Arab or Muslim population, which eventually will follow the Palestinian lead in accepting Israel. Fortunately too, although the Palestinians have built an awesome reputation for endurance, they can be beaten. If the Germans and Japanese could be forced to give up in 1945 and the Americans in 1975, how can Palestinians be exempt from defeat?"

Hi Dr. Pipes , you are not specifying in concrete terms what it means for the Palestinians to accept defeat. If it means that accepting Israel as a Jewish state, already Palestinians have done it. Then how do you define acceptance of defeat by the Palestinians ?

You also do not mean what Israelis will do as victors after the Palestinians accept defeat. Will the Israelis give up their nukes after the Palestinian acceptance of defeat ?

Another factor you are not taking into account here is the rising profile of non-Zionist haredi Jews. These people reject Zionism in general and generally do not take their part in IDF or Mossad. What should Israel do to finish this issue ? Should Israel deport these non-productive haredi Jews.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

There are many factors I do not take into account and many questions I cannot answer in a quick sketch.

I'll just address one point, namely your contention that Palestinians have already accepted Israel as a Jewish state: on this, see the information in my article "Accept Israel as the Jewish State?"

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