I’m With Wilders Pertaining to Faux-Palestinians


John R. Houk

© June 28, 2019

I have long believed that as long as Arabs reside in Israel’s Judea-Samaria hollering for Israel’s destruction and death to Jews, Islamic terrorism would plague Israel. I discovered today from Israpundit (which is blog cross posted from Arutz Sheva [INN]) that Geert Wilders of the Netherlands is publicly advocating something he broached in 2010. Namely, that is the transfer of Jew-hating Arabs calling themselves Palestinians to Jordan.

 

After all when Israel proclaimed its Independence in 1948, at least six invading attempted to destroy the restored nation of Israel of which Jordan was one. The invaders’ goal: Destroy Israel, drive Jews into the sea (i.e. genocide) and divvy up the land between the invaders. NO INDEPENDENT ARAB STATE was envisioned by the invaders. Many Arabs fled their homes in the new Israel fearing reprisals from Jews due to past mistreatment and atrocities perpetrated by Arabs. ALSO the fleeing Arabs were convinced they could escape the ravages of war and return after the invaders’ bloody victory.

 

Victory did not work out for the invaders and the only nation to gain land via invasion was Jordan with the actual help of British Army Officers securing Judea-Samaria. The Arab Legion rank and file began expelling, killing and desecrating Jews in the process. THEN annexing Judea-Samaria west of the Jordan River (area renamed West Bank) and officially renaming Transjordan into Jordan in a 1949-1950 process of events.

 

 

Of Interest:

 

Britain’s Role in Creating and Bolstering Up Jordan While Being Against Israel; By Nadene Goldfoot; Jewish History in the Land of Israel; 4/19/16

 

Judea And Samaria: The Annexation Case; By Dov Ivry; Dov Ivry Blog on The Times of Israel; 8/5/18 11:14 AM

 

1948-1967: Jordanian Occupation of Eastern Jerusalem; Sponsored by CAMERA; The Six Day War

 

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE NAKBA; By Robert Werdine; Think-Israel; 5/15/12

 

JRH 6/28/19

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Wilders: ‘Transfer all of the Palestinians to Jordan’

Right-wing Dutch lawmaker pushes alternative to Trump’s Mideast peace plan, calling for transferring Arabs from Judea & Samaria to Jordan.

 

By ARUTZ SHEVA

June 28, 2019

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Geert Wilders

 

A right-wing Dutch parliamentarian is calling for the transfer of Palestinian Authority residents from Judea and Samaria to Jordan, offering the plan as an alternative to the US-backed ‘Deal of the Century’ Middle East peace plan.

 

Geert Wilders, chairman of the rightist Party for Freedom (PVV), said Thursday in response to this week’s US-backed economic summit in Bahrain that President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan was part of a futile effort to maintain the Palestinian Authority, which he called a “bottomless” well the international community has been “throwing money into in vain”.

 

Speaking with Dutch reported Ernst Lissauer Thursday, Wilders offered his own plan, first unveiled in 2010, as an alternative to the US plan.

 

“A fifty-billion dollar plan for the Palestinians was presented to the world by the US this week in oil state Bahrain,” Wilders said.

 

“For more than two years, work has been done on a Middle East peace plan that should end, among other things, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The financial part of the plan was presented to the world in Bahrain this week. A ‘Marshall plan’ that should put an end to the bottomless Palestinian well into which the UN has been depositing money in vain for sixty years.”

 

But, Wilders continued, there seems to be little support for the plan in the European Union, with the money being “coughed up mainly by rich Arab states.”

 

“In The Hague there is hardly any interest in this Trump project. My plan, the Wilders plan, is a better plan; all Palestinians back to Jordan.”

 

In 2010, Wilders proposed renaming the Kingdom of Jordan as ‘Palestine’, and turning the country into a homeland for residents of the Palestinian Authority.

 

“Jordan is Palestine. Changing its name to Palestine will end the conflict in the Middle East and provide the Palestinians with an alternate homeland.”

 

The PVV, which is now the second largest faction in the Dutch House of Representatives, came under fire by the Jordanian government for the proposal, which Jordan described as “delusional”.

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Get Rid of the Trojan Horse


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John R. Houk

© June 30, 2014

 

I read an editorial by Joseph Farah in which the title says everything, “2-State Solution is Dead”. Of course the title is due to the Arab-Israeli conflict that has been going on between Jews desiring the return of their Biblically ordained Homeland, even before Israel became a nation, and Arab that are culturally taught the Islamic Supremacist concept – once conquered for Islam then always owned by Islam (Dar al-Islam).

 

The premise of Farah’s editorial is based on polls which show that the majority of Arabs that call themselves Palestinians believe in a ONE-State solution in which all Jews are exterminated. In case the word “exterminated” didn’t sink in. These Arabs calling themselves Palestinians desire a Palestinian State in which Jews are ethnically cleansed from the Holy Land.

 

Farah stating that the 2-State Solution is dead implies (but not actually stated) the only alternative then is a One-State Solution. Didn’t I just write that is exactly what the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians believe? Indeed I did; however the One-State Solution implied by Farah is one sovereign Israel that includes Judea-Samaria (labeled West Bank by Jordan and occupied land by Arabs and blind Liberals – SEE ALSO HERE). Frankly I would include Gaza but the Jews that lived there that actually operated prospering businesses, were forced to leave by now deceased Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Sharon, whether an actual change in stands or forced by arm twisting by the EU & USA, created a term called Disengagement. Sharon’s Disengagement was to unilaterally transport Jews outside of Gaza as a precursor to an independent Palestine. That mistake resulted in the Islamic terrorist organization Hamas (dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews) seizing control of Gaza and setting up a terrorist military structure armed with ballistic missiles that wasted no time to be aimed at Israeli cities. This should have proved to the world that the Land for Peace concept as a deceptive scam in the agenda to destroy Israel rather than a Palestinian State living in peaceful coexistence with Israel.

 

The concern of pro-Israel supporters is that extending sovereignty over Judea-Samaria under the current democratic political system in Israel would lead to an Arab birthrate population explosion that would make Jews the minority electorate in their own homeland. In which case a Muslim majority would democratically end the Jewish State in favor of a Muslim State basing the rule of law upon Islamic Sharia. Just view the manner in which Muslim dominated nations treat their minority Christian population to get a snapshot of what would happen to Jews in their own Homeland under Sharia Law. Then realize the hatred in Muslim lands for Jews dwarfs in comparison Muslims disdain Christians in Muslim lands.

 

Might the Jewish Israel begin their own version of ethnic cleansing JUST as the Muslim neighbors intend for Jews? Israel’s rule of law has a Western orientation. Even though Jews have faced ethnic cleansing for a better part of their existence after their last expulsion from their Homeland, I doubt Israel would utilize the same method to solve a majority Muslim problem. After all Israel is experiencing the same political polarization between Left and Right as America currently is. I am hopefully guessing the cough compassionate Liberal Jews would not stand for anything to do with ethnic cleansing. There might be a very small minority of Israeli Conservatives that favor some sort of ethnic cleansing or actual political apartheid but most politically Conservative Jews are sane enough to join the cough compassionate Liberal Jews. So unlike Muslim Arabs gaining control democratically of the Holy Land that would stoop to ethnic cleansing, Israel would not.

 

It is my humble politically incorrect opinion the best option for a ONE-State Israel Solution is a forced expulsion of Arabs that hate Jews. This is one practice that Jews have experienced first-hand over thousands of years. However, unlike Jews, an Arab expulsion would be sending them to Muslim majority nations. The Jewish Diaspora NEVER resulted in a Jewish majority in any non-Jewish land.

 

At this point Liberals (Leftists, Progressives, etc.) are howling for me to experience the noose and Muslims for my stoning or beheading. Think about it though. Because of the Islamic Supremacist concept Dar al-Islam vs. Dar al-Harb, we will always see Muslim nations trying retake the Holy Land. Ergo, the best viability for the Jewish State of Israel is to rid the nation of its Islamic Trojan Horse –expulsion of Jew-hating Muslims.

 

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2-STATE SOLUTION IS DEAD

Exclusive: Joseph Farah reveals reality behind efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

 

By Joseph Farah

June 29, 2014

WorldNetDaily

 

It’s official – or should be.

 

The much-championed, so-called two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict should never be mentioned again as even a remote possibility. The “international community,” as it is known, as well as the nation of Israel, needs to declare it dead, buried, pushing up daisies.

Why?

 

Because it is. We just need a coroner to come and make it official. We have to get beyond denial and recognize reality.

 

The reality is that the very people for whom the two-state solution was dreamed up to satisfy have rejected it resoundingly as an option.

 

Last week, a poll commissioned by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy found a clear majority of so-called Palestinians in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip rejects the idea of creating a Palestinian state in those territories.

 

In Judea and Samaria, 55 percent said they reject the idea in favor of exterminating all Jews from the Jordan to the Mediterranean. In Gaza, fully 68 percent took that position.

How anyone could think that creating yet another radical Islamic state in the Middle East is a solution for anything is beyond me – poll or no poll. But clearly, the solution that has been de rigueur for 25 years, is not going to make anyone happy – least of all Arab Palestinians.

 

The poll results are even worse than that when you scrutinize the numbers carefully. They show that less than one-third of Arab Palestinians actually support a two-state solution in which Arabs live peacefully alongside a Jewish state. Nearly two-thirds of the Arab population says “resistance should continue until all of historic Palestine is liberated.”

 

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

 

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For decades, the Arab leadership, inside the territories and outside, has been fostering anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred and a victimization mentality in its schools, its media, its popular culture and in its own rhetoric. They indoctrinate the population, from the earliest age, to embrace jihad and martyrdom as the only acceptable path. Under the circumstance, it’s amazing the level of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish terrorism and violence is not higher.

 

The institute’s scholars got it right in their analysis of the poll: “U.S. policy should seriously consider abandoning all hope now of a permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.” They suggested focusing on “immediate steps to lower tensions.”

 

Those steps should include a complete suspension of aid to the territories until all incendiary and provocative and anti-Semitic government, school and media rhetoric ceases. Since that will never happen, the U.S. and other aid could be put to much more constructive use.

 

These polls, by the way, are as close to free elections as anything in which Arab Palestinians get a chance to a chance to participate. So it is truly meaningful.

 

This has always been Israel’s problem, try as it might to make peace.

 

How do you make peace with a neighbor who doesn’t want it? How do you make peace with a neighbor who is sworn to murder you? How do you make peace with a neighbor who is sworn to killing you, your family, your community, your entire nation?

 

That’s what Israel is up against and has been up against since it was reborn as a nation-state 66 years ago. Things aren’t getting better. They are getting worse.

 

So why not try something new?

 

There’s an old saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.”

 

It doesn’t work. It’s not rational. It’s not scientific. It’s no sensible.

 

Has anyone noticed in the U.S. State Department? Not a chance.

 

Because the U.S. State Department has never been accused of being pragmatic, rational, scientific or sensible.

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Israel Needs an Unconditional Surrender


David Prepares Goliath Beheading. by Rubens

 

John R. Houk

© September 9, 2011

 

Israel will be attacked again. At this stage of geopolitics it could be an “either-or” or an “and or” situation in an attack on Israel. Islamic terrorism in which Arabs acquire arms from rogue nation-states has had the effect of creating armies without a sovereign nation. This is especially the case of Hamas and Hezbollah that have experienced wars that got their butts kicked yet unsatisfactorily did not experience unconditional defeat. The ability of Hamas and Hezbollah still existing after a military onslaught by the Israeli militarily has tarnished Israel’s once shield of military invincibility against Muslim militaries.

 

In the evolution of Arab-Israeli wars since Israel became a sovereign nation in 1948 has taken Israel from a strategy of hopefully surviving Arab invasions to the strategy of anticipating an Arab invasion and preemptively attacking before the ocean of Arabs could attack tiny Israel. The Soviet weaponry supply to Arab nations did nothing to create a formidable Arab force. The Yom Kippur War of 1973 was a successful Arab sneak attack with the better trained Israeli soldiers repulsing the attacks of Syria and Egypt followed by the IDF giving those Arab inferior Armies a spanking in their own territory.

 

Arab nations do not invade Israel any more. Rather the 21st century Arab strategy is for Islamic terrorists not affiliated to a sovereign nation to come out of the cracks causing havoc inside Israel and go back and hide in their cockroach holes or behind women and children to await the Israeli response.

 

The Israeli problem is they are now the victim of Arab-Palestinian propaganda which has effectively convinced the Left Wing dominated West to believe that Arabs are the victims. Because of the successful anti-Israel propaganda Israel is prevented from going after the terrorists as they did against invading Arab nations. Why? The Islamic terrorists merge into the general population of their safe havens. If a civilian (which in my opinion is a pretending civilian) gets critically hurt or killed in the line of fire Israel is always accused of disproportionate response.

 

The problem with holding Israel to the West’s vision of a proportionate response to Islamic terrorism enables the cockroaches to hide effectively until they have been resupplied and embark again on Islamic terrorist attacks in Israel. It is my opinion that Israel should throw out the fear of the accusation of the disproportionate response and attack Hamas, Hezbollah and PA amalgamated terrorists until there is NO terrorist infrastructure left.

 

After an unconditional defeat of the Islamic terrorists it is my opinion that the politically incorrect expulsion of all Arabs that cannot live with the existence of a Jewish State. THEN Israel will be back to focusing on cowardly Muslim armies from nations and the shining new armor of invincibility returns.

 

Now these thoughts were meant to be an introduction to an Ari Bussel article which is about complacence to the strategies of Islamic terrorists. Below is that Bussel essay that stirred my passion.

 

JRH 9/9/11

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War is Inevitable

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent: 9/8/2011 10:37 AM

 

The number of dead Israelis is mounting, and the war has not even officially begun.

 

It commenced with a combined attack near Eilat, in Israel’s south, and quickly crept up moving in two directions, one along the seashore in a north-north-westerly direction, the other in a north-north-easterly direction crossing the vast expanse of the Negev.

 

The Gazans realized that firing multiple missiles at once renders Israel’s Iron Dome system less effective.  It is able to stop some, but not all the missiles.  So a barrage of Grad missiles hit Israeli towns and cities, like the Negev capital, Beer Sheva.

 

The escalation has been fast and calculated.  Israel has been as swift in eliminating the perpetrators of the attack and their direct commanders, but alas there is a never-ending stream of volunteers-to-the-cause behind them.  One is destroyed; ten stand to fill his place.

 

Thirty missiles launched, thousands ready to be launched behind them.  No shortage here either.

 

And this is from one source:  Gaza.

 

The Middle East in 2011 has proven that the impossible and unthinkable happens and keeps surprising us with its appearance, intensity and grandeur.  Mubarak, Qaddafi, Assad, Turkey’s ascent, Egypt’s cancellation of the Peace Treaty with Israel.  Some are still in the works, but then there is a whole third of the year still ahead of us.

 

Thus, one must always look at the bigger picture and other players in the region.  Those who call themselves “Palestinians” (residents and citizens of Israel, namely Israeli Arabs) have not joined the uprising of their brethren in Gaza yet.  Hezbollah has not reared its ugly head, and is extremely coordinated with Hamas in Gaza.  Then there are multiple others in this neighborhood, all hostile to Israel and seeking its destruction.

 

Israelis in the south are feeling the discomfort of living under missile fires, but the rest of Israel, for the moment, is quiet.  Not for long.

 

So what does Israel do?  The reaction does not extend beyond those directly responsible.  Alas, Israel is mistaken again.  Those responsible are not only the launchers and their cohort of bandits.  Instead, it is the system as a whole and Hamas, from the snake’s head to the last “freedom fighters”-terrorists.  It is the Palestinian Authority.  It is Hezbollah and its system of caves and underground bunkers, from its head-rat to the last “Warrior.”  It is Syria who has been supplying the military might to Hezbollah, and it is Iran who has been masterminding, supplying, training and orchestrating the events.

 

What is Israel to do?  Should it choose collective punishment or wait, licking its wounds, burying its dead and lamenting some illusion of an elusive peace?  Maybe ignore all that is happening against it and focus instead on members of its middle-class losing their standing and becoming destitute?

Luckily at this point in time, Israel will be left with no choice but to retaliate.  Israel would not be able to ignore the mounting dead, day after day, and the dozens injured.  The disruption of daily life would become unbearable and would creep toward the Center, where all the “beautiful souls” who want peace and think Israel needs to surrender now bask in the joys of life.  Life in oblivion will continue until the missiles get to their doorsteps, or actually until they start falling from the skies on their rooftops and gardens, parks and shopping centers, cafes and restaurants.

 

There will be only one course of action, one that has conveniently been avoided repeatedly.  Israel’s air superiority has proven insufficient.  Ground action is necessary, as was evident both in the Second War in Lebanon in the summer of 2006 and during the land excursion into Gaza in late December 2008 – beginning January 2009.

 

Israel will have to conquer Gaza, kilometer by kilometer, until the region once again is under full Israeli control.  Israel will have to disengage the Gazans from Gaza in a unilateral action to reverse the Disengagement of the summer of 2005.

 

For those who may mistake Gaza for anything other than what it is, it is an area of approximately 150 square miles (25 x 6).  Its residents have vowed to do everything to bring on Israel’s destruction and are acting against civilian centers in Israel.  They initiate death and mayhem, the classic definition of inflicting terror.

 

For them, all courses of action are beneficial:  Kill Israelis, it helps.  Wound them, not bad.  Be killed? It is OK since you are going to heaven for an eternal-life of sex with virgins and enslavement of women.  Anyone killed fighting is fine, since it will help hasten Israel’s downfall.  They create scenes that the most famous theatrical productions in the world would not be ashamed to host.  Israel is then accused of “collective punishment” and “committing atrocities.” 

Not enough dead?  Inflate the numbers or exhume bodies from graves.  That will do just fine.

 

Whatever they do, there is a carte blanche justification, whereas whatever happens as a result is Israel’s fault.  At the end of the day, Israel will be blamed according to the double standard now in effect.  The world deliberately ignores the facts and fabricates Goldstone Reports of its own.

 

Israel’s action must be swift and painful.  It must overtake Gaza, destroying everything in its wake if there is even the slightest sign of resistance.  Shoot from a mosque, school or hospital, or even from the most revered “UN buildings,” these should be destroyed within moments.  Imagine the sights and sounds of the ensuing explosions, with all those missiles and explosives stored there.  Guilty of war crimes?  The party that uses civilian centers to warehouse elements of war?

 

There must be refugee camps erected elsewhere, and the population transferred to these camps far away from Gaza.  Gaza must no longer exist.

 

Why?  Clearly because Gaza contains the largest stockpile of missiles and other means of warfare in the entire region.  Also because Gaza has another side, hidden from above, of underground tunnels creating a city below a city.  Lastly, because there are supposedly real refugees who keep squandering the billions they receive from Europe, the UN and elsewhere.  Let them be at a real refugee camp and let Israel take care of them. 

 

Israel may have to foot the bill in the short term, but it can keep a tab and present it to all those concerned.  Besides, treating the “refugee” problem once and for all will be much cheaper than perpetuating the idea of “eternal refugees.”

 

Gaza must be no more.  It wants war, not peace, so it must be prepared for the fulfillment of its craving.  If it wants to die, Israel must ensure that terror dies with it.  All the “innocent” Gazans can be transferred.  They never wanted to be in Gaza in the first place.  They want Jaffe and Acre, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

 

In fact, as a first step, they should be moved to Judea and Samaria.  In newly erected tent cities there will be schools where math and foreign languages, literature and science are taught, not how to become a martyr or a terrorist.  Schools where childhood blossoms rather than destroyed. Schools where hatred is eradicated and love and respect taught.

 

At one point there will be peace, but for peace to exist, there must be no Gaza.  Gaza at the moment is the power base of evil, the embodiment of Israel’s failure to deal with a situation and the clear upper hand of Hamas.

 

Hamas calls things by name.  It is time that it is fed some of its own medicine. 

 

Some may say that this will lead to Israel loosing its support base with American Jews and others throughout the world.  To them I say, American Jewry long ago deserted the Jewish State, and the world will condemn Israel no matter what she does.  So she must act.  It is better to be alive and accused than dead and maligned.

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John R. Houk

© September 9, 2011

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The writers invite readers to view and experience an Israel and her politics through their eyes, Israel visitors rarely discover and Israelis often ignore.

 

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A NEW PLAN FOR RESOLVING THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT


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I mentioned in this post, “Support Israel – Blessings Follow” that I would post three Think-Israel essays that would be offensive to Leftists and Islamic Supremacists. After reading the first essay (“An Alternative 2-State Solution”) I discovered it was an immensely longer monograph than I anticipated. The second essay posted in this line is: “THE PALESTINIAN PROBLEM: A REAL SOLUTION.” Third essay I decided to post is entitled, “A NEW PLAN FOR RESOLVING THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT”.

 

JRH 11/16/10

THE PALESTINIAN PROBLEM: A REAL SOLUTION


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I mentioned in this post, “Support Israel – Blessings Follow” that I would post three Think-Israel essays that would be offensive to Leftists and Islamic Supremacists. After reading the first essay (“An Alternative 2-State Solution”) was an immensely longer monograph than I anticipated. Below is essay number two: “THE PALESTINIAN PROBLEM: A REAL SOLUTION.”

 

JRH 11/16/10

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THE PALESTINIAN PROBLEM: A REAL SOLUTION

 

By Martin Sherman

 September/October 2010

Think-Israel

 

From Israel’s point of view, the “two-state/land for peace” solution to the Palestinian conflict has proven to be a long, drawn out failure that should have been abandoned long ago. It is only because many prominent political figures have foolishly mortgaged their personal and professional prestige in the name of this unworkable position that it manages to remain a live option — to the grave detriment of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

 

Any dispassionate evaluation of the events of the past two decades invariably leads one to accept the following conclusion: that the Palestinians seem far more focused on annulling Jewish political independence than attaining Palestinian political independence. That is to say, Palestinians are far more committed to the deconstruction of the Jewish State than to construction of a Palestinian one.

 

However, no matter how convincingly one can show that the Palestinians as a national entity have failed to create their own national destiny, a stark reality remains: there are hundreds of thousands of essentially disenfranchised Palestinian families residing both in Israeli territory and in the wider Arab world.

 

Addressing this situation requires a comprehensive solution comprised of three constituent elements, all eminently consistent with liberal political doctrine. Two involve eliminating discriminatory practices against the Palestinians as refugees and as residents in Arab countries. The third involves facilitating free choice for individual Palestinians to determine their own future.

 

Eliminating the UNRWA

 

As Daniel Pipes has pointed out, the persistence and scale of the Palestinian refugee problem is, to a large degree, an artificial construct. The UN body under whose auspices all the refugees on the face of the globe fall — except for the Palestinians — is the UN Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). A separate institution exists for the Palestinians — the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. UNHCR and UNRWA have widely different definitions for the term “refugee” and widely divergent mandates for dealing with them.

 

According to the High Commission’s definition, the number of refuges decreases over time, while according to the UNRWA definition, the number increases. This “definition disparity” brings about an astonishing situation: If the High Commission criterion was applied to the Palestinians, the number of refugees would shrink dramatically to around 200,000 — i.e., less than 5 percent of the current number of almost 5 million according to the UNRWA definition.

 

Moreover, while the mandate of the UNHCR permits the body to seek permanent solutions for refugees under its auspices, UNRWA is permitted only to provide ongoing humanitarian aid for the ever-increasing population of Palestinians. Accordingly, while UNHCR operates to dissipate the problems of the refugees under its auspices, UNRWA activities serve only to prolong their refugee status and thus, their predicament. Indeed, rather than reduce the dimensions of the refugee problem, UNRWA has actually functioned to perpetuate the refugee status of the Palestinians from one generation to the next. It has create (sic) an enduring and expanding culture of dependency, while cultivating an unrealistic fantasy of returning to a home that no longer exists.

 

As long as the Palestinian refugee problem continues to be treated in what former Congressman Tom Lantos called “this privileged and prolonged manner” it will never be resolved. Accordingly, the first step toward the resolution of the Palestinian refugee problem must be the abolition of UNRWA and the transfer of responsibility for the matter to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. This move will facilitate the gradual tapering off of support for what should be a decreasing Palestinian refugee population.

 

Eliminating Arab Discrimination against Palestinians

 

Throughout the Arab world, the Palestinians are subject to blatant discrimination with regard to employment opportunities, property ownership, freedom of movement, and acquisition of citizenship. For example, Saudi Arabia in 2004 announced it was introducing measures to ease the attainment of Saudi citizenship for all foreigners who were residing in the country except Palestinians, half a million of whom live in the kingdom.

 

Similar policies of discrimination are prevalent in other Arab states. A 2004 Los Angeles Times report painted a grim picture of the life Palestinians are forced to endure among the Arab “brethren.” According to the report, Palestinians in Egypt suffer restrictions on employment, education, and owning property, and when Egypt announced in 2003 that it would grant nationality to children of Egyptian mothers married to foreigners, Palestinians were excluded. In Lebanon, meanwhile, nearly 400,000 Palestinians live in 12 “refugee camps,” where crime is rife and clashes between rival Palestinian factions are common. Palestinians cannot own property or get state health care. According to Tayseer Nasrallah, head of the Palestinian Refugee Rights Committee in the West Bank, Lebanon bans refugees from 72 areas of employment, including medicine and engineering. Syria, with a population of 18 million, is a strong verbal supporter of the Palestinian cause, but refuses citizenship to its 410,000 Palestinian refugees. Even in Jordan, where Palestinians comprise nearly 70% of the population, Palestinians complain that they are discriminated against in terms of employment.

 

When approached on this issue of discrimination against the Palestinian residents in Arab countries, Hisham Youssef, spokesman for the 22-nation Arab League, openly acknowledged that Palestinians live “in very bad conditions,” but claimed the policy is meant “to preserve their Palestinian identity.” He went on to explain with perhaps unintended candor: “If every Palestinian who sought refuge in a certain country was integrated and accommodated into that country, there won’t be any reason for them to return to Palestine.”

 

But according to a survey conducted by the well-known Palestinian pollster, Dr. Khalil Shikaki, most Palestinians were less interested in being nationalist standard-bearers than in living fuller lives. This view resonates strongly with opinion samples gathered by the leading Arab television stations Al-Arabiya and Al Jazeera of Palestinians living in the various Arab states, the vast majority of whom very much want to become citizens in the their respective countries of residence.

 

This clearly seems to indicate that Palestinian national identity is something more jealously guarded by non-Palestinian Arabs rather than the Palestinians themselves.

 

It is only the United Nations Relief and Works Agency that allows the Arab countries to continue to keep the Palestinians within their borders in their situation of suspended stateless animation. For while its mandate prevents finding a permanent solution for the Palestinian residents in these countries, it is the ongoing humanitarian aid that it provides for an ever-increasing client population that permits the host governments to sustain their discriminatory policy toward their Palestinian “guests,” to perpetuate their inferior status, and to allow their situation to languish and fester.

 

Allowing Individual Palestinians the Exercise of Free Will

 

If the first two elements of the proposed solution — abolishing the UNRWA and attacking the discrimination Palestinian émigrés (SlantRight Editor: I am guessing the word was meant to be “immigrants.” The present rendering is how it looks at Think-Israel.) suffer in other Arab countries — are directed mainly toward easing the plight the Palestinians living outside the West Bank and Gaza, a third element is aimed directly and exclusively at those living inside these areas.

 

After decades of disastrous failure, it should be clear that there is little chance of resolving the Palestinian issue if we continue to consider Palestinians as a cohesive entity with which contacts are conducted via some sort of “leadership.” Efforts should therefore be devoted exclusively towards individual Palestinians and towards allowing them, as individuals, free choice as to how to chart their future.

 

These efforts should be channeled in two major ways:

 

·       Generous monetary compensation to aid the relocation and rehabilitation of the Palestinian residents in territories outside the confines of the 1967 “Green Line,” presumably — but not necessarily — in the Arab/Moslem world.

 

·       Making the offer of compensation and relocation directly to the heads of families and not through any collective Palestinian entity or organizational framework.

 

It should be stipulated that an offer of financially-induced relocation made to a Palestinian political leadership would be vehemently rejected. But the approach suggested here would be made directly by an Israeli (or possibly an appropriately constituted international) entity, to the individual recipients. The scale of the offer would be on the order of the average lifetime earnings in some relevant host country for each family head — i.e. the GDP per capita of such a country multiplied by at least say 40-50 years. (As a comparative yardstick, this would be equivalent to an immigrant bread-winner arriving in the US with 2-2.5 million dollars.)

 

Thus, each household breadwinner would be confronted with three possible choices: life under the rigors of Israeli rule; life under the harrowing hardships of some Palestinian regime, with commensurately dimmer prospects of a better life for the family; or a sum of money equivalent to the life earning of an average citizen in countries that could serve as an appropriate alternative place of residence — probably, but dominantly Arab or Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa, or countries with significant Arab/Moslem communities in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

 

It is of course possible that elements in the existing Palestinian institutional establishment would embark on a campaign to dissuade their constituencies from accepting any financial package for relocation. However, such harassment could be used to expose the cynicism of Palestinian “leaders” who lack the capability and perhaps even the desire to create a state, but threaten those who want to break the cycle of perpetual refugee-hood.

 

In fact, there is evidence that supports the plausibility of this proposal. A November 2004 survey commissioned by the Jerusalem Summit and conducted by a reputable Palestinian polling center and in conjunction with a well-know (sic) Israeli institute to gauge Palestinians’ willingness to emigrate permanently in exchange for material compensation. Significantly, the poll showed that only 15% of those polled would absolutely refuse to accept any such inducements, while over 70% stated that they would be willing to take the bargain.

 

The Acceptability of the Offer to the Prospective Host Countries

 

For the prospective host countries the proposal has considerable potential economic benefits. The Palestinians arriving at their gates will not be impoverished refugees, but relatively prosperous individuals with the equivalent of decades of local per capita GDP in their pockets. Indeed, for every hundred Palestinian families received, the host country could count on around fifteen to twenty million dollars going directly into the private sector. Absorbing 2,500 new Palestinian family units could mean the injection of up to half a billion into local economies often in dire need of such funds.

 

There are 2.5 to 4 million people in the West Bank and Gaza. The numbers of families/households (the relevant unit for receipt of compensation) would be in a range of 600,000- 800,000.

 

If each family head were offered a relocation grant of between $150,000 to $200,000, this would be the equivalent of several decades, and in some cases centuries, of GNP per capita earnings in any one of a wide range of prospective host destinations (see table). Indeed, even in terms of the average overall world per capita GDP (about $7000 U.S.) — such grants would be the equivalent of up to a quarter of a century GNP per capita. (As mentioned previously, in comparative terms, this would be equivalent to a bread winner arriving in the US with 2-2.5 million dollars.)

 

In terms of current estimated GNP per capita in the Palestinian administered territories, the grants would be the equivalent of between over a half-century to more than a century of income.

 

Palestinian GNP Chart

 

The aggregate cost of the proposal would be between $45 — 80 billion (depending on whether the relocation grant was $100,000 or $200,000). Extending the relocation to the entire Palestinian population would effectively entail doubling the required outlay to $90-160 billion. Israel’s GNP is around $150 billion. If it were to declare that it was prepared to devote annually 4-6% of its GNP to the resolution of the Palestinian problem — i.e. offering an annual sum of $6-9 billion — the entire project could conceivably be implemented within a decade and a half. (It should be noted that the current Oslo process, with all the enormous expense it has entailed, has been going on for almost two decades, producing only catastrophic failure and tragedy.)

 

If international donors such as the USA, the EU or OECD countries matched Israel’s input dollar-for-dollar (which would involve contributing only a miniscule portion of these countries’ GNP), the implementation could be sped up considerably, possible within 5 years, without undue burden on the world economy.

 

In any case, the overall cost of the “two-state-solution” would, in all likelihood, be far greater. For even discounting the increased defense cost that Israel would have to incur if required to return to indefensible pre-1967 frontiers, there would still be huge costs. These would include the immense outlays required for the establishment and maintenance of the required physical infrastructure, and bureaucratic and organizational frameworks needed to make the micro-landlocked Palestinian state viable. Also, it should not be forgotten that if a Palestinian state were ever to be acheived, Arab regimes currently hosting Palestinian populations might begin impatiently (possibly coercively) pressing for their return to their newly established homeland. The cost of relocating a large “refugee” population in the nascent Palestinian state could be huge.

 

Conclusion

 

The time has come to recognize that for well over half a century, the Palestinians have been unable to produce a credible, competent, and capable leadership with the capacity to achieve statehood. This is in spite of highly favorable conditions such as robust international support and political pressure brought upon the Israelis.

 

The choice made time and again by this leadership is to prioritize the elimination of Israel over the creation of “Palestine.” This effort seriously undermines the moral and political bona fides of the Palestinian narrative, which has become the basis not only of Palestinian claims for statehood, but also for the much of the international acrimony directed against Israel.

 

The time has come to remove the noisome issue of Palestinian statehood from the international agenda, and address the enduring Palestinian humanitarian predicament (after all, there is a majority Palestinian state, which is Jordan); to abandon the approach of relating to the Palestinians as a collective entity. Instead we should treat them as individuals deserving a better fate than the one thrust on them by cynical leaders and neighboring states.

 

The time has come for imaginative new initiatives to defuse and disperse one of the global community’s most volatile problems.

 

Offering individual Palestinian families generous relocation grants is a solution that will dramatically and immediately improve the lot of individual Palestinians; defuse the Palestinian humanitarian “crisis”; ensure the continued survival of Israel as the state of the Jewish people; and inject billions of dollars of funds into the economies of low income nations who welcome the Palestinians.

 

This is a proposal that deserves debate and discussion. As it stands now, the Palestinians have nothing to lose but the chains in which their leaders have imprisoned them.

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Martin Sherman is the 2009-2010 visiting Israeli Schusterman scholar at USC/HUC-JIR and the academic director of the Jerusalem Summit. He lectures at Tel Aviv University, served in Israel’s defense establishment and was a ministerial adviser to the Yitzhak Shamir government. See also: Martin Sherman, “Palestinians have proven “state” would jeopardize Israel’s security” in this video.

 

This article appeared August 3, 2010 in Front Page Magazine
http://frontpagemag.com/2010/08/03/%20the-palestinian-problem-a-real-solution-2/