Is Peace Achievable?

The term occupation is repeatedly appearing on Yahoo news, and other publications describing the Palestinians in Israel and Gaza.

As I live in Jerusalem, I am using taxis driven by Palestinians, at the shopping mall, I see Palestinian families shopping, eating at the restaurants, walking all over the city, and my daughter is visiting a Palestinian doctor. Arabs (Palestinians) are free to walk anywhere in Israel without fear of being attacked.

On the other hand, Israelis are unable to walk in any Arab (Palestinian) city or territory without fear of getting shot at or being stoned by while traveling by car.

Gaza is not occupied, it is run by Hamas, a terror organization. Israelis who lived there for over 30 years were pulled out of their homes (by military force) in the Gaza Strip, giving the Strip to the Palestinians. In return for giving up the land, Palestinians shot thousands of rockets at civilian populations close to the border.

While Israel would like to live peacefully with the Palestinians, it has been a constant struggle throughout the years. At the heart of the conflict there are three main obstacles.

  1. The Palestinians are being manipulated by “outside” Pressure, as they are supported with arms, Money and political influence by Iran and other Arab countries.
  2. At the very heart of Arab culture lies the presence of “honor and Pride” which at times precedes life itself. The Palestinians, for a longtime, feel that they “carry” The Arab struggle against Israel, that “honor” is always present.
  3. In their Constitution, there appears to be a paragraph which Calls for the destruction of the State of Israel by force of arms.

As for the Israelis, most of the negotiations fail to achieve any peaceful agreement. The “land for peace” did not work, furthermore, tiny Israel can not cede any land, simply for security factors.

One more factor: For as long as Israelis are unable to walk freely in any Arab (Palestinian) cities or territory, just like Palestinians who walk feely in Israel, no peace treaty will be worth more than the paper it is written on.

Lastly, some somber facts to look at: There are 22 Arab countries, stretching over five million sq. miles, as well as possessing over 60% of the worlds’ oil reserve, compared to Israel’s 8000 sq. miles. Do Arabs need more Land???

Jack Molad

About the Author
Jack Molad was born in Tel Aviv in 1930 during the British Mandate period and fought with the Haganah. Jack set out for the United States to spread Israeli tradition to Jews in the US. He achieved a masters degree at Saint Louis University and established Hebrew programs for traditional Jewish youth in Saint Louis, Omaha, and Dallas. Jack also founded and led Teen Tours, a summer program in Israel for traditional Jewish teens to experience Israel. Jack returned to Jerusalem in 2021, where he resides with many of his children and grandchildren.
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