Shlomo Alegra

PA Condemns Bahrain Conference

For the last seventy-one years there have been constant attempts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict later known as the Israeli-Palestinian as Israel.

As the Israeli government signed peace deals with Egyptian and Jordanian governments there still lay the Palestinian question of what to do with many Arabs living within Judea and Samaria.

Before 1987 there were skirmishes between the IDF and local Arab populations throughout Judea and Samaria.

In 1987 in a refugee camp an army truck crashed into a car killing four Palestinians which caused great out rage among Palestinian populations.

In the wake of the car accident many young and old people took to the streets throwing stones and molotov cocktails at military personnel while at the same time boycotting anything to do with Israel.

The end of the first Intifada began with the Madrid Conference which eventually led to the disastrous Olso Accords resulting in the death of a thousands Israeli citizens.

As time went on Israel launched a major operation in 2002 called Operation Defensive Shield which reintroduced the army into Judea and Samaria effectively cracking downing on terrorism and the building of a security fence that quickly led to a decline in terror attacks.

In 2006 the Israeli government under Prime Minister Arik Sharon decide to try peace again with the Palestinians by withdrawing from Gaza all Jewish communities in order to try for peace.

Expulsion of Israeli citizens by their own military led to a terror group Hamas take control of the entire Gaza strip and launched thousands of rockets into Israel resulting in several wars with Israel in the last ten years.

A Palestinian state is doomed to failure from the very beginning as Professor Mordechai Kedar says that Arabs living in Judea and Samaria have no real allegiance to a country called Palestine but, to their own tribes and cities they reside.

In Hebron you have the Jaberi tribe who want Israel to retake control of all Judea and Samaria while Tamimi and Abu Sneni are loyal to the PA.

A Palestinian state with the expulsion of Israeli citizens from Judea and Samaria would lead to another terror state capable of launching mortars into Ben Gurion airport.

Today the present state of Palestinians live a terrible economic situation when the PA government extorts business and the average Palestinian resident of the Palestinian Authority make only five dollars a day.

Many Palestinians in order to make a decent living have to work in Jewish communities throughout Judea and Samaria or entire Israel proper.

Bahrain peace conference helps to raise the quality of life for many Palestinians who currently have a lower standard of living than their Israeli counterparts.

The whole Bahrain conference is for the benefit of the Palestinian population living in Judea and Samaria because the idea would be to bring foreign and Israeli investment into Judea and Samaria.

Just like any other deal presented to the Palestinian authority they outright rejected any sort of deal for peace that would benefit their own people.

As a consequence to many Palestinians who attended the conference have been either blacklisted or are being threatened to be arrested.

The conference is a great idea but, it should be geared into increasing investment and infrastructure in Area C.

What there should be is only an infusion of capital into places like the Efrat Industrial zone where both Palestinians and Israelis can work together and improve their lives economically.

Having tried several times to deal with any kind of Palestinian leadership whether it be Hamas or Fatah has never led to any positive results and will never lead to any positive results.

Real peace begins when people work with one another and realize that all of us whether Israeli or Palestinian are all humans.

If one were to walk into the Rami Levy shopping plaza of Gush Etzion they would realize that both Arabs and Israelis shop together and work together.

It is far easier for Arabs to go to work in Area C and have a better quality of live than wake up at three in the morning to cross a checkpoint with an entry permit in order to work.

About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.