There is no place for you Jews among us, and you have no future among the nations of the world. You are headed for annihilation. – Mahmoud
Death to Israel! – Heard at most anti-Israel
I will never recognize the Jewish state, not in a
thousand years! – Mahmoud Abbas
From the river to the sea, from the north to the
south, this is our land, our homeland. There will be no relinquishing even an
inch of it. Israel is illegitimate and will remain so throughout the passage of
time. It belongs to us and not the Zionists – Khaled Mashaal
Today is Gaza.
Tomorrow will be Ramallah. After that Jerusalem, then Haifa and Jaffa – Ismail
Which part of that do you not understand? For decades we have
been bombarded by expert opinion telling us why the two-state paradigm is the
only solution for a peaceful settlement with the Palestinians, and for the
survival of a democratic Jewish state.
Having spent this period
researching and studying the paths outlined for this road map, and analyzing the
basic character and intentions of Israel’s adversary in this journey, it has
brought me, irrevocably and inevitably, to the definite conclusion that it will
never happen and, if it did, it would end in disaster for Israel.
did happen it would be the death knell for the Jewish state of Israel.
would be the death knell because it would be the final stage, when Israel would
have been reduced to a withered rump of a strategically weakened state,
impossible to defend or protect itself from certain onslaught by a threatening
circle of radical Islam. A Palestinian state would not be the buffer zone
against such an assault; rather it would be the spearhead over whose territory a
major attack would take place.
Whenever I discuss the subject with
Israeli politicians, experts, European diplomats and journalists, all of whom
foster the utopian dream of a two-state solution based on the 1967 lines with
parts of Jerusalem given to the Palestinians as their new capital, I ask them
one question, one critical question, that gnaws away at me. It gnaws away at me
all the more so because I never receive an answer from them that assuages my
concerns and fears.
In fact, their lack of an adequate response, their
incomprehension of the premise of my question, amplifies my concerns and fears.
Nobody, none of these experts, none of these people who are pushing this
two-state package, none of the influence and opinion makers, is able to confront
this question. Many haven’t even considered the question relevant.
have, but they choose to put it away in some dark recess of their mind. It is
too challenging a question for them to contemplate in any depth. Their attitude
is that the devil is in the detail but this should not get in the way of their
pursuit of an agenda, an agenda that is, in reality, a train heading for the
collision caused by them.
I reject the notion that a two-state solution
is in Israel’s vital interest.
I reject it because the architects of this
notion have not built a structurally sound framework, based on reality, for it
to succeed. Instead, they have built a pack of cards where the jack is the
joker, and the queen of hearts is really the knave of clubs. In other words, it
is built unsoundly, where the slightest puff will bring the structure crashing
down on all our heads. This is why I insist on posing my critical question now,
before Israel is further shunted into an untenable position.
Here is the
scenario that leads to my question, a scenario that is the dream of the
Israel agrees to cede land for the creation of a Palestinian
state that stretches to the 1967 lines. The Palestinians have accepted certain
territorial compromises. They have been granted parts of east Jerusalem to
establish their administrative headquarters that will lead to their future
Large blocks of Jewish townships within Judea and Samaria (the
West Bank) remain as integral parts of sovereign Israel. A huge celebration
throughout the world as an agreement is signed at the White House.
later, the Palestinians hold their long-overdue elections, and Hamas wins a
landslide victory garnering over 70 percent of the vote.
What then? Hamas
is ruling the new entity and confirms the protocol of its Charter to liberate
all of Palestine, by “armed struggle” if necessary. It boasts of its success in
reaching Tel Aviv with its Gaza rockets, and now all of Israel is within its
range. It controls the streets of Jerusalem and brags that its flags will fly
over all the holy places of Palestine. Tulkarm is only a 15-second rocket flight
to Kfar Yona, which lies barely 2 kilometers away. Netanya, on the Mediterranean
coast in central Israel, is only a 30- second rocket shot. Kfar Saba is a
similar 15 seconds from Palestinian rockets launched from Kalkilya, with
Ra’anana just twice that range.
Hamas will control the hills overlooking
Israel’s main international airport.
My critical question is, when
Palestine opens its terror war against Israel from over these 1967 borders,
backed by the new Islamic armies of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan (the king having been
deposed by the Muslim Brotherhood) and Egypt, who will take responsibility for
that outcome? For many two-staters, this is the question that dare not be asked,
for fear that it will bring the edifice, on which their ill-conceived idea is
based, tumbling down on our heads.
The answer: Nobody. We will see the
same responses that we get today.
Has anyone voiced regret over Israel’s
unilateral peace gesture in the Gaza Strip, when in 2005 we forcibly removed
thousands of Israelis from their homes and livelihoods in return for a vengeful
Hamastan bent on Israel’s further destruction? On the contrary, people blame
Israel for the ongoing assault on the Jewish state, in a show of twisted logic.
It’s our fault we are being attacked by Palestinian terror, and by international
diplomacy. We are not giving enough.
With such a mindset it will be a
convenient leap to find a reason to blame Israel for responding to aggression
from its rump borders. A shriveled Israel will not win us brownie points when
the rockets start flying from the nascent state of Palestine. They will argue
that we didn’t agree to absorb the right number of Palestinian “refugees” into
the Jewish state? That we prevent those Palestinians from coming who prefer
their “ancient homes” rather than to go to their own new state, even though
their “ancient homes” do not exist in the modern State of Israel. No matter,
Israel’s refusal to accept them, despite Israel honoring the clauses devoted to
this issue in a signed agreement, will be the trigger for future condemnation by
the international community even as we fight with our backs literally to the
There will always be ongoing Palestinian issues, until the day that
Israel no longer exists, and it will always be Israel’s fault. It will always be
Israel that will be portrayed as the guilty party because of our
But back to my critical question, which I address to all
those who believe the two-state solution is the only game in town. What then?
What will happen when you have pressured Israel into allowing a Palestinian
entity to take hold on the 1967 borders, an entity that is taken over,
democratically or otherwise, by a radical Islamic force bent on Israel’s
destruction, a force that sits only 8 miles from the central coast of Israel, as
it inevitably will. What then? Please don’t tell me that this will not happen.
Please don’t tell me that an agreement will not come into force until proper
security guarantees come into place. Please don’t tell me that this Palestinian
entity has agreed to remain a demilitarized zone. Please don’t tell me that the
international community will witness and guarantee Israel against such an
Please don’t tell me that sanctions will be enforced against
a Palestinian state that would threaten Israel, or that will incite its people
to violence against the Jewish state. We both know the value of such
international commitments to Israel’s security.
A lack of ability to
answer my question is proof of a disconnect with facts on the ground that makes
this decades-old proposal a non-starter.
The two-staters live in a dream
world of their own making, one with little relevance to what the outcome will
To all two-state advocates, I invite you to get back to me
with your overwhelmingly persuasive answer to my question, one that will
convince me that your two-state solution has been thought through to the end.
Give me the paradigm that will prevent such an outcome.
Until then, do
not expect me, or Israel, to agree to your proposal which, in reality, will be
the death warrant for my country.
Barry Shaw is the author of Israel
Reclaiming the Narrative, available on Amazon and from www.israelnarrative.com.
He is also the special consultant on delegitimization issues to the Strategic
Dialogue Center at Netanya Academic College.