The China Conundrum

I had to admit some surprise when I read about China’s four step peace plan. The plan, which they presented to Abbas and Netanyahu this past week, deals with the common talking points– two states, 1967 lines, security, yada yada.

One analysis discussed the takeaway: China is stepping up in the region. However, the takeaway message I got was more than that. To me it showed a failure in Israeli PR. The Chinese attempt to get involved with the Peace Process tells us that Chinese officials have been getting the wrong messages from Israel.

Israel has consistently said they want the Peace Process to continue. The constant pressure that the US has put on both parties has required this be a news item that is always in the eye of the public. So, it is no shock that the Chinese, wanting to play a larger role in world affairs, would seek to make this a central part of their discussion with both sides when they came in this past week. Clinching a Peace Process deal would be a huge achievement.

Of course nothing came of it.

But Israel should try to push a different policy with China. A policy of siding with victors rather than peacemakers. China has invested a tremendous amount in Israel and I don’t see them rejecting relations with Israel over Western values.

People will ridicule me for being a warmonger, racist, right-winger who doesn’t want peace or doesn’t care about the Palestinians and doesn’t want to see them have a state. Instead, they’ll say, I want the Palestinian people to constantly live as outcasts and under occupation.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

It is true I’m right of center. It is true that I don’t believe that Israel must give up land. I don’t believe in the “demographic threat” and I don’t believe the status quo is unsustainable. To the contrary, I find it very much sustainable.
However, I also believe the Palestinian people ought to get their own state. I believe this on humanitarian grounds; nothing else. I don’t like to see any people discriminated against. The ┬áPalestinians’ abhorrent conditions and the discrimination they meet at the hands of their brothers is enough, in my eyes, for them to be state worthy.
There are obviously complications with what the state is likely to become, but that deserves a post of its own.

The point is that Israel does not need the Peace Process and should try to avoid this being a sticking point with China. The idea of nations interfering is crazy to begin with. You don’t solve a domestic despute by barging into a house and telling the fighting couple what to do. Perhaps going to a therapist can help sort out the marriage; but the couple needs to come of its own accord.

Israel needs to nip this thing in the bud before China becomes so invested in it that the Peace Process can hold up more important things.

About the Author
Meir is a Political Science graduate of Lander College for Men (A Touro College branch in Queens NY) and a recent Oleh