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Outside In Approach - You were right the first time

Reader comment on item: Don't Despair - Middle East Peace Is Still Possible

Submitted by Robert (United States), Dec 23, 2021 at 06:40

Your 1990 Peace Idea of Outside-In was correct, and so it's abandonment for an Israelis so-called Victory was incoherent to me until I read this article just moments ago.

1. One reason your Victory replacement strategy is incoherent is because there are multiple Palestinian entities, not just the non-Jewish Liberated Territories - incidentally, I do not call them Occupied because Israel liberated them from the Egyptian and Jordanian occupiers in 1967's 6-day-war. There is Abbas, PA, PLO, Fatah Islamic Jihad, the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine); and there are the Palestinian in Refugee Camps, there is the Palestinian Diaspora (including a member in the US Congress), and there are those who are citizens of Jordan; finally there are the Arab "Palestinian" citizens of Israel. So how does one achieve VICTORY over them - especially when there are not fighting?

2. Your Outside-In distinction involves three elements: (1) Palestinians, (2) Israel, and (3) Arab States. I would add to that (4) Jews and replace (3) with Muslim States. It appears that Bangladesh and Indonesia are candidates for Recognition, Peace, etc., with Israel - thus expanding the Abraham Accords. And Iran is not an Arab State but Israel's greatest enemy - it's here, if anywhere, were Victory should be the goal - maybe regime change?

3. I think that the Arab Spring and US invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and all the related failed Arab or Muslim States have created so many Arab and other Muslim Refugees, that there is no longer any logic for focusing on the Victimhood (mentality) of the Palestinian (Statehood) Cause.


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