Alex Rose

Less understood

For too many years we have been pressured to “give peace a chance” by virtue of returning “land for peace.” This always after having wining a defensive war. In more reason times, the name of the game has been termed “the 2 sate solution.”

Thanks to an outstanding Op-Ed in Haaretz by Moshe Aarons early in January, 2014, it is in fact not that at all. Rather, if ever implemented, there will be three Palestinian states without a single Jew in any of them; East Palestine [Jordan], West Palestine [Judea & Samaria], South Palestine [the Gaza Strip] and Israel including a 20% Arab populous. Of course, the possibility of this ever occurring has already become apparent.

The time has surely come to ask a very basic question, one that seems to have eluded most politicians. Why after having disengaged from Gaza, having two prime misters make generous offers of returning almost all the subject areas and many years of negotiations, the status quo remains?

Zev Jabotinsky, an astute Jewish leader who really understood the Arab mind provided us with an insight to his mind:

An end must be put to the widely accepted but definitely mistaken view. Many believe that in the eyes of the Arabs, Transjordan is more hallowed than western Palestine… That is a lie. The holy places of Islam are found only in western Palestine, in Jerusalem & Hebron. In the Islamic tradition, Transjordan has no recognized position. In the history of the Arabs as a people, Amman or as-Salt cannot be likened to Jaffa or Acre… If an Arab nationalist would have to chose one of the two sides of the Jordan, on the assumption that one of them had to come into Jewish hands, there is no doubt that he would give up Transjordan.” – P81, Zionism and the Arabs, essays edited by Shmuel Almog 1983

It is self evident that no Arab leader is permitted to agree to Jewish sovereignty in what is regarded as Muslim holy territory. We are reminded of Einstein’s observations that only fools attempt the same idea over & over again, expecting a different outcome. When will our leaders seek a new formula?

About the Author
Alex Rose was born in South Africa in 1935 and lived there until departing for the US in 1977 where he spent 26 years. He is an engineering consultant. For 18 years he was employed by Westinghouse until age 60 whereupon he became self-employed. He was also formerly on the Executive of Americans for a Safe Israel and a founding member of CAMERA, New York (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and today one of the largest media monitoring organizations concerned with accuracy and balanced reporting on Israel). In 2003 he and his wife made Aliyah to Israel and presently reside in Ashkelon.