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How to end this war

A proposal that offers Hamas direct benefits for agreeing to allay Israel's key security concerns

Israel should issue this offer, or something like it. This is not a proposal for negotiations, but rather a clear Israeli statement of intent. Once the document is issued, President Abbas, on behalf of the National Reconciliation Government can respond. President A-Sisi of Egypt can also use the document to secure the agreement of the parties in Gaza that would either accept it or reject it.

Israel’s offer for ending the war

Carry a big stick that can cause serious pain, but carry an even larger carrot.

If Hamas and the ruling government in Gaza and all of the factions in Gaza cease their fire, then so will Israel.

If Hamas and the ruling government in Gaza agree that a trustworthy international inspection mechanism be placed at border crossings, then Israel will agree to enable free movement of goods in and out of Gaza after clearing security checks. Dual use goods will be strictly monitored to ensure that they are not used for military purposes.

If Hamas and the ruling government in Gaza agree to precise monitoring of building materials so that they are all used for civilian building purposes only, then Israel will agree to allow building materials to enter Gaza.

If Hamas and the ruling government in Gaza obligate not to smuggle weapons into Gaza via the sea, then the fishing area can be opening for 12 miles as previously agreed to, knowing that the Israeli navy will continue to patrol the coastal waters and take all necessary measure to prevent smuggling.

If Hamas and the ruling government in Gaza demonstrates its ability and commitment to prevent attacks against Israel, then Israel will agree to allow farmers to have access to their land alongside the border with Israel.

If Hamas and the ruling government in Gaza agree to demilitarize Gaza, then Israel will demonstrate unprecedented generosity and cooperation in the rapid economic development of Gaza. Israel will immediately upgrade the electricity lines into Gaza that will provide sufficient electricity until power plants in Gaza can be repaired and built. Israel will also make available to Gaza large quantities of fresh water, until water facilities in Gaza can be built.  The electricity and water plans can be implemented very rapidly. As demilitarization progress, Israel will facilitate and encourage the rapid deployment of funds in Gaza from an international fund for the reconstruction of Gaza.

If Hamas and the ruling government in Gaza agree to recognize Israel and negotiate peace with Israel, then Israel will be willing to negotiate full peace with Hamas and the ruling government in Gaza including the normalization of relations between the two sides, including the opening of a seaport and an airport under conditions of agreed upon trust worthy international monitoring.

About the Author
Gershon Baskin is the Co-Chairman of IPCRI, the Israel Palestine Creative Regional Initiatives, a columnist for the Jerusalem Post and the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel for the release of Gilad Schalit. His new book Freeing Gilad: the Secret Back Channel has been published by Kinneret Zmora Bitan in Hebrew and The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas from The Toby Press.