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You cannot bribe your way to peace

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Apr 10, 2019 at 13:34

I agree with the criticisms of the plan. The fact is, all of the peace plans so far have been nothing but thinly disguised bribes to get Israel's adversaries to behave like civilized people. I don't care how much land is offered, or how much money is promised, or how many arms are sold. Nothing in this world will work until the violent rejection and fundamentally hostile attitudes towards Israel change. We need to make it clear that until we see convincing evidence of those changes, we will sit on the bench.

Those claiming to represent the Palestinian cause need to come up with a convincing, realistic and clearly defined vision of what they want. This has been done by many successful political movements. Examples are American independence, Indian independence as led by Gandhi, and the Civil Rights movement led by Dr. King. Currently, the only Arab plans we have offer possible recognition and cessation of violence after significant concessions are made. These are nothing but Arab demands for more bribes followed by vague promises. Given past experience, there is no reason for Israel to trust these promises.

The Arabs first need to explicitly acknowledge Jewish historical rights in Israel, stop funding terror and take convincing steps to overcome Israeli mistrust before we get involved.

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