A Win-Win Solution - Part I

A true solution to the Arab-Israel conflict requires confronting two fundamental issues: 1. Current proposals, including the Road Map, are totally unworkable and should be abandoned; 2. An entirely fresh approach is required that is free of imposed constraints. The purpose of this essay is first to briefly challenge the entrenched mindset and then advance a win-win solution for both Jews and Arabs

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A true solution to the Arab-Israel conflict requires confronting two fundamental issues: 1. Current proposals, including the Road Map, are totally unworkable and should be abandoned; 2. An entirely fresh approach is required that is free of imposed constraints. The purpose of this essay is first to briefly challenge the entrenched mindset and then advance a win-win solution for both Jews and Arabs.

Before proposing the proper solution, it is necessary to first demonstrate the falsity and futility of some of the main arguments intrinsic to the Oslo Accords and to the Road Map.

Demonstrably false argument no. 1: Israel should trade 'land for peace' to create yet another Arab country.

There are 22 Arab countries and only one Jewish country. The land-rich Arabs already occupy over 5 million square miles and land-poor Israel, including all of its territories, comprises only about 10,000 square miles. The Arab areas are thus 500 times larger than Israel and the Arabs already possess 99.8% of the total land. The so-called West Bank and Gaza areas combined total 2,300 square miles and comprise a miniscule 0.046% of the entire Arab empire; yet, to seize this speck of land, the Arabs are adamant and willing to fight and die forever. Only a mind hopelessly out of touch with reality can seriously suggest that the Arabs need still more land, carved out of Israel, to create yet another country.

Demonstrably false argument no. 2: The "Palestinians" are a separate people who deserve their own country.

There are no authentic "Palestinian" people and there never were. Even the name of Palestine is a historic fraud perpetrated by the Romans, to permanently erase the original name of Judea following the Jewish revolt against Rome two thousand years ago. As recently as the 1940s, the name "Palestinian" clearly meant a Jew in the land of Israel and Arabs were simply called Arabs. After Israel's rebirth the local Arabs appropriated that now-available title for themselves and created a new identity. This was done for purely hostile political purposes, to undermine Israel's legitimate right to its Biblical homeland.

In all of history there never was a Palestinian nation, or country, or people, or language, or religion distinct from the existing Arab nations in that region. Repeated attempts to rewrite history must never be allowed to corrupt the truth. To fully expose the "Palestinian" hoax in modern times, one should read Joan Peter's critically acclaimed book From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine.

Demonstrably false argument no. 3: We can have a viable "Palestinian" state in the so-called West Bank and Gaza next to a viable Israel.

Proponents of the Road Map offer no development plan whatsoever. Any genuine plan must include a comprehensive environmental impact study covering: population growth; water resources; agricultural resources; economic development; social and political considerations; etc., with projections extending through at least the next century. Proponents offer no plan because it is impossible to design any plan that enables both peoples to live viably in so tiny an area along with normal population growth. Below are projections for population growth in Israel and the territory of the proposed Palestinian state, based on current growth rates:

Inside Israel

Assuming continuation of their current growth rates for the next hundred years, Israel's Jews, at 1.5% per year, become 28 million and Israeli Arabs, at 3% per year, become 23 million. That totals 51 million Jews and Arabs living on less than 8,000 square miles, with a density of 6,500 per square mile. The Israeli Arabs have double the Israeli birth rate and are already 23% of the total population and gaining. They remain mostly hostile and will soon be able to gain political control. They already hold about 10% of the Knesset seats. Israel will thus be unable to remain permanently Jewish and the Israeli Arabs will always be seeking to advance their Arab identity in conflict with Israel.

Inside the Territories

At their present high growth rates, the Palestinian Arabs inside the West Bank and Gaza, growing at 3-4% per year become 120 million in 100 years. Including all the Palestinian refugees who could migrate in from outside would add another 47 million. Thus, there are a potential total of 167 million Arabs in the projected Palestinian state in 100 years, in an area of only 2,300 square miles, for an astronomical density of 72,500 per square mile.

Many fail to appreciate the awesome power of compound growth until it is too late. These are only projections, but long before those numbers are reached, the area will explode in misery and conflict based on a crushing burden of population overload, aside from any political conflict. It is totally impossible for that many people to survive, much less thrive, in such a tiny area. That should be obvious to all.

Demonstrably false argument no. 4: Arab possession of their 22 countries and five million square miles is legitimate and not to be challenged.

Just how did the Arabs come to control such vast territories? They got it the old-fashioned way - by conquest. Before Mohammed, 1,400 years ago, the Arabs lived in the Arabian Peninsula. Mohammed founded Islam and with it, the zeal for jihad to conquer and convert, often by force. During the period following Mohammed, the Arabs conquered vast areas in North Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia, and spread Islam far and wide. Today, Arabs directly control five million square miles and 22 sovereign states, while non-Arab Islamic countries control nearly another five million square miles.

The Arabs often claim that they were the original inhabitants in the land of Israel. Actually, Arab invaders did not enter the land of Israel until about the year 638 CE, while Jews had established their first commonwealth under King David, with Jerusalem as their capital, over 1,600 years earlier. Archaeologically, the entire land of Israel gives testimony to the ancient Jewish presence, but there is no evidence of any ancient "Palestinian" Arab presence. And most of those 22 Arab states, including Iraq and Jordan, were first created by England, France or Italy during the past century to further their imperial interests, and with no historical justification.

In summary, advocates of these senseless schemes seriously propose to: invent a people that never was; seize land from Jews having virtually no land; transfer that Jewish land to those with too much land, but with unrelenting murderous hatred; and then let them all grow in numbers and suffocate together inside of a coffin-size territory - all in the name of peace and justice. That is what passes for thinking in this insane world. The Road Map guarantees a lose-lose outcome; we need a win-win outcome.

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