Betting on a resolution to the matsav (“situation”) is always a lottery- like
proposition at best.
So why do Israelis and Palestinians keep going back
to the bargaining table every few years? Because without winning this lottery
and achieving an agreement, eventually one, or more likely both sides will
wither and die.
It’s no exaggeration. If it was, neither side would keep
going back to the table – no matter how much every US president wants them
The Arab Spring has changed the odds this time around. At first
glance, we would guess that being surrounded by regional chaos would only make
east Jerusalem and the West Bank more of a powder-keg. It has not. While
surprising at first, this makes lot of sense when thought through.
Palestinians (and the world) have seen over 100,000 people killed in Syria and
thousands more in places like Egypt, as people fight for a free country. And
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas fully understands that not one
more Palestinian or Israeli needs to die for there to be a free State of
A brand-new country without shedding any more blood – that is
where the Palestinians are at now. That is the bargain of a lifetime – and the
Palestinians can thank the Arab Spring for making this so vividly clear to
So can Israel. Its dream of remaining a free and democratic country
can now happen because Abbas knows he can’t beat them with
While the agreement can happen with no more bloodshed, we all
know it won’t go down that way. Some terrorist faction, such as Hamas (still
rulers of Gaza), will screw things up for everybody again. Until Abbas finds the
courage to take down his real enemy, nothing will really change.
sorry I must amend what I wrote above: No Palestinian needs to die in a fight
with Israel for there to be a State of Palestine.
But Abbas must regain
control of Gaza for their dream to become a reality – no matter how bloody that
Killing your own people can be a good thing, you say?!
Look at what David Ben- Gurion’s Majority Rule did to the Irgun
under Menachem Begin. Begin’s group suffered many casualties as Israel sought to
become unified under one rule. Ben- Gurion and the IDF prevailed.
where Abbas is at.
He has proven that he’s not a terrorist (at least not
since he succeeded Arafat). His people in the West Bank realize an agreement
with Israel is in their best interests.
But Palestine is really only
within reach if and when Abbas dismantles Hamas.
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