Opinion: The True Hindrance to Peace in the Middle East

“The plan, titled ‘VISION’, is “designed for the benefit of Palestinians, Israelis and the region as a whole…”

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President Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding a new peace plan in the Middle East. Credit: Google Images

Last week, the Trump Administration unveiled its Middle East peace plan outlining the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the region, as well as former attempts at peace and a “realistic two-state solution.” The peace plan gives Israel the protection it needs to survive as a sovereign state in the region, while affording Palestinians a path toward nationhood.

The plan, titled ‘VISION’, is “designed for the benefit of Palestinians, Israelis and the region as a whole … and provides the Palestinians, who do not yet have a state, with a path to a dignified national life, respect, security and economic opportunity, and … safeguards Israel’s security,” per the document. 

VISION further states that a “realistic solution would give the Palestinians all the power to govern themselves but not the powers to threaten Israel.” 

The plan attempts to provide a two-state solution that is realistic given today’s circumstances where “Gaza and the West Bank are politically divided…” and “Gaza is run by Hamas, a terror organization that has fired thousands of rockets at Israel and murdered hundreds of Israelis” according to VISION. 

Yet, VISION also recognizes that the hindrance to peace is the current Palestinian government. “…the Palestinian Authority (PA) is plagued by failed institutions and endemic corruption. Its laws incentivize terrorism … and … promote a culture of incitement. It is because of the lack of accountability and bad governance that billions of dollars have been squandered and investment is unable to…allow the Palestinians to thrive.”

VISION claims that, to achieve a two-state solution, “Palestinian leaders must embrace peace by recognizing Israel as the Jewish state, rejecting terrorism in all its forms, allowing for special arrangements that address Israel’s and the regions vital security needs, building effective institutions and choosing pragmatic solutions. If these steps are taken…the United States will support the establishment of a Palestinian State.”

Through the mandate of the peace plan, Israel has agreed to halt settlement expansion for four years while the Palestinians decide whether to accept its terms, according to WSJ. The Palestinian Authority would have to reduce its military and provide Israel control over security in the region. 

According to Fox News and a proposed new regional map in VISION, the territory currently under Palestinian occupation could more than double if the PA agrees to comply. Furthermore, the plan sets up a capital for the Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. 

The fact of the matter is this is the best deal the Palestinians are going to get, considering they have never had their own sovereign state. Yet, Palestinian leadership, and the Arab League, an organization of regional Muslim-majority countries, rejected the plan with “a thousand no’s.” 

This is not a surprise. The PA and Arab League have a history of resisting peace in the region as long as Israel remains as a sovereign state. The PA and the Arab league refuse to see the Jewish State of Israel as legitimate. 

This refusal is not based on territorial concerns as the PA, UN, and American left would have you believe. It is rather based in deep-seeded anti-Semitism, which can clearly be seen throughout the Israel’s history since 1948, when the UN officially recognized the Jewish nation as sovereign. 

In 1947, the UN approved a plan to create a state of Palestine, a mixed Jewish and Arab state, but the Palestinians rejected it in effort to exclude Jews. Following the 1948 creation of Israel, five Arab nations – Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon – launched an assault of extinction on the Jewish state, ending in thousands of deaths. 

In 1967, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria launched the Six-Day War on Israel. Israel was able to fend off the invasion and win the war, taking the Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, West Bank, and Golan Heights. The Israelis immediately offered the territory back to Jordan who turned it down. 

There was also the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when Egypt and Syria launched air strikes against Israel on the holiest day in Judaism; the 1982 Lebanon War, an Israeli-led attack on Lebanon in response to the assassination of an Israeli ambassador; the 1987 First Intifada, a Palestinian uprising in Gaza and the West Bank; the 2000 Second Intifada, a mass Palestinian suicide bombing raid on Israelis; the 2006 Lebanon War, when the terrorist group Hezbollah attacked and killed Israeli soldiers; and the continuous wars led by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas who fires thousands of rockets each year into Israeli cities. 

Arab countries have launched countless attacks on Israel since 1948. Israel has made numerous territorial concessions in exchange for peace, but have been shot down each time. History shows that this conflict is not territorial but rather an ethnic conflict based in anti-Semitism. Therefore, it is improbable that the PA will ever accept VISION.

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