UK Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) has sunk any possibility of peace and also of a new Palestinian Arab state being created between Israel and Jordan - unsuccessfully promoted by the United Nations for the last 29 years – detailing 30 steps considered necessary before negotiations can be resumed.
These steps, mostly unachievable or downright hallucinatory, and including some that are dangerous for Israel, are:
Step 2: Freeze settlement building
Step 11: Demand Hamas releases hostages
Step 13: Support the development of Rawabi
Step 21: Preserve the Temple Mount status quo
Step 23: Support a reformed UNRWA
Amazingly FLI still faithfully continues to repeat the UN’s false mantra:
“The two-state solution is the only means by which to guarantee Israel’s security and to preserve its identity as a Jewish and democratic state, as well as to satisfy the legitimate demand of the Palestinian people for self-determination and national sovereignty.”
Is LFI unaware of the Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine solution emanating from Saudi Arabia on 8 June 2022 offering a real alternative to replace the failed UN two-state solution?
Calling for the merger of Jordan, Gaza and part of the 'West Bank' into one territorial entity to be called the Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine - the Saudi Plan needs only 2 steps – not 30 – for its successful implementation:
Step 1: Redrawing the internationally recognised boundary between Israel and Jordan
Armed only with pencils and erasers negotiators should be capable of designating the border between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine in a matter of months.
Step 2: Determining who controls security of the territory of the Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine west of the Jordan River.
Israel would probably demand total security control over all the territory west of the Jordan River – and if not agreed – the negotiations on this issue could take longer to conclude.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres continues to ignore the existence of the Saudi Solution or call for any discussion of its merits in the Security Council.
Perpetuating the Jewish-Arab conflict – not trying to end it – has become the UN’s shocking agenda.
The Saudi Plan beckons…
Author’s note: The cartoon — commissioned exclusively for this article — is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators — whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades.