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"Peace to Prosperity" - Stepping Stone to An Alternate Reality

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Feb 5, 2020 at 11:52

Just like virtually everything else that President Trump has approached, the plan for 'Peace to Prosperity' operates outside of any typical thought processes of how it is going to work. The various mapping attempts to define a new demographic of the various populations clamoring for their part (except the 'Palestinians') of the promised land have yet to be found in conformity with any common thought of how any of them might, just might, live in peace. For some, living in peace is antithetical to living in Israel altogether.
More to the point of this observation, the plan as a means to solve contravening concepts does nothing to the need of finding the 'formula' in which all parties might find a place of agreement and settlement of issues which have plagued the region since the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple in the first century. This speaks to the underlying issue that had been the actual source of contention for millennia.
The actual answer to whether the plan of President Trump might be effective is that such is not its intention. The plan, on the face of it, is a purported 'partition' plan; ethnic divisions are to be manipulated into semi-cohesive enclaves in which tribal factions can assimilate with similar other groups with barriers of the divisions being carefully drawn to assure minimal cross-town rivalries. The only problem is that 'Palestinians' have for decades thought they own the name 'Palestinian;' they think the turf is theirs. It is not, historically and categorically.
Folks; it is a Roman name. Which of the sons of Ishmael is going to claim to be Roman?
To create a modern day version of the Holy Land is going to require at least nominal recognition for those to whom the land was originally given; and by what authority are the possessions going to be granted? To think that any government outside of the region may have a say in such matters is like giving credence to the Roman Empire's interference and look how those times still interfere with this modern day attempt to find peace amongst populations sworn to the others' demise.
Today, Roman thinking that somehow pervades the European mindset of how to manipulate the Holy Land is not going to gain any new traction towards peace either, especially in the fashion the Europeans seek to impress their own ideologies. They cannot even control the Muslim dissimilation of their own national boundaries, much less that of the Middle East.
The 'Peace to Prosperity' plan is not meant to be anything more than a means to show the folly of the 'Palestinian' issue. The plan for 'Palestine' is an ill-defined concept that has never been realized and from all historical connotations, will never become a reality, no matter the opinions that attempt to bring it about. Instead, what is about to follow will become the short term reality before the Jewish prayer, praying for the peace of Jerusalem, will be its transformation into the center of its Zionistic reality.

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