The main must for the new US Ultimate Middle East Peace Plan (UMEPP [you map]) is to deal with the elephant in the room which means: addressing the centuries-old Muslim animosity against the Jews.
While meeting real-life Jews is a powerful antidote against mythical Jew hatred, it obviously is not enough. Even more so, Muslims who seldom or never met Jews in daily life must have a hard struggle finding out that Jews are not evil incarnated – and kudos for all those who figured it out on their own, against all the brain-poisoning propaganda!
For all the time of modern Zionism, a bi-national State or peaceful relations with neighboring countries has been made impossible by the world’s Oldest Hatred.
NB: It is the greatest euphemism to say that the peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt, valuable as they are for the countries involved, are cold, even ice-cold. The Egyptian and Jordan parliamentarians and Peoples are almost unanimously so hostile towards Israeli Jews and Israel that it’s often plainly scary.
Yet, for millennia, Jews have been accused of having a religion of hate – with supposedly the Church through the NT preaching a doctrine of Love (so much for love). So, all Jews must completely distance ourselves from the antagonism that states that Islam is a violent or hateful religion.
Jew hatred in Muslim circles is not related to Islam.
Jew hatred in Muslim circles is not related to Islam. Judaism’s major offspring, both Christianity and Islam, have had centuries of animosity vis-à-vis their parent religion and its adherents, the Jews. The miraculous aftermath of Hitler’s military and moral defeat, the creation of the State of Israel, has forced Christian theologians to cleanse their religions from anti-Semitism. Now it’s Muslim religious leaders’ turn. (Let’s recognize the small number of Italian and Egyptian Imams already valuing Jews.)
Respect for Jews should be born of the Commandment to honor one’s parents.
If Jews have the parent religion, world-wide respect and honor for Jews from other Monotheists (including other philosophies rooted in Judaism, like Communism, Modernism, Democracy) should not be born of reports of Jews being superior but of the Commandment to honor one’s parents.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If the Lands of Luther can do it, the Nation of Mohamed can do it. If the RC Pope can do it, Imams can do it. And outside-enforcement might make it take place faster than just waiting for it to cleanse itself spontaneously, or hope for a massive military defeat, Heaven forbid.
Muslims are the natural allies and friends of Jews.
Just like Christians, Muslims are the natural allies and friends of Jews. It’s high time to see that materialize on a large scale.
I expect the US UMEPP to put sanctions on all populations, states and countries where hatred of Jews and Israel goes unchallenged. Anything less will bring a continuation of wars, not peace, in the Middle East.