For peace, forget the French plan. This is the solution

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is http://tuviainil.blogspot.com He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

You may have noticed that June 3-5, 2016 passed with a whimper, not a celebration. On June 3rd, France opened its international conference for peace between Israel and the 'Palestinians'. It brought together something like 20+ nations and international organizations to do what no one else has been able to do: bring peace to the Middle East (Herb Keinon, "France convenes Mideast peace parley without Israel or the PA" jerusalempost, June 3, 2016.

Everyone who counts was there in Paris. That is, everyone important was there except the two whose fate the conference is supposed to determine: the Jews and the 'Palestinians'.

The French believe that this is how they will bring peace to the Middle East: they won't invite the warring parties to their peace talks!

Don't believe the French. The conference may indeed (by year's end) bring the warring sides together. But the conference attendees (and especially the French) really have no clue how to bring peace to the Middle East.

If peace is the goal, here's a solution that is absolutely guaranteed to help bring calm and quiet to the Middle East. It's so simple, you'll laugh at it.

You'll see this solution in a moment. But first, consider the nature of the problem.

I think most of us would agree that the fastest road to peace between two adjacent countries is for both of those countries to offer freedom to their respective peoples. Certainly, Israel is a free country. It offers freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion to all of its citizens. I don't think it would fair very well next to a totalitarian regime. I don't think a Jewish free country would do well next to an anti-Semitic regime that hates Jews and the Jewish religion.

All you need do to understand that is look at the history of Israel since 1947. Establishing an anti-Semitic totalitarian country next to Israel won't change anything. It won't being peace. It'll just give an existing anti-Semitic regime greater status on the international stage.

The Arab world has a problem. Freedom suffers horribly. The Saudis are one of the world's  worst abusers of freedom, and Syria abuses freedom more than any other nation in the world ("Freedom in the world, 2016", freedomhouse.org). Kuwait, Libya, Egypt, etc aren't far behind.

Blasphemy and apostasy laws are rampant in the Arab world. They are used to repress freedom, not spread it ("U.S. Report on Religious Freedom in Middle East", wilsoncenter, May 20, 2013). Dissent is quashed in the Arab world with increasing aggression (freedomhouse, ibid).

When it comes to freedom, the Arab world seems expert at repressing it. That was why, when the so-called 'Arab Spring' began in 2010, many western leaders believed that these political uprisings would actually lead to greater freedoms for the people of the region ("Arab Spring adds to global restrictions on religion", pewresearchcenter, June 20, 2013).

But that didn't happen. Instead of bringing greater freedom, the 'Arab Spring' made the abuse of freedom worse: restrictions and oppression increased (ibid).

The Arab world presents you with a very simple choice: if you aren't Muslim--or, if you aren't the right kind of Muslim--you are not wanted. If you practice any unwanted religion, you've got a good chance of dying from unnatural causes.

Freedom of speech? Forget it.

Freedom to assemble? Forget it.

Freedom of choice in the political arena? Forget it.

Are the 300-million+ Arabs living in the Middle East doomed to be forever oppressed? Do they have any chance to experience freedom?

The answer is, yes. In fact, bringing freedom to the Arab world is also the road to peace with Israel--at least, according to one man. 

That man is satirist Andrew Klavan. As the French pack up after stage one of their international conference, it's worth your time to see what Klavan's got in mind.

His solution for bringing peace to the Middle East is short. It only takes him 3:29 minutes to lay it all out. The French should be so brief.

Of course, you'll laugh at Klavan's suggestion. It sounds crazy. But then, I think you'll agree that what he's got to say isn't funny at all--or crazy. He's right.

Watch the video. Then, I'll ask you answer three simple questions: 

Okay, now answer these questions:

-what is Klavan saying about the Arab Middle East?

-What is he saying about Israel?

-what should we tell the French about peace?