Alex Rose
Alex Rose

The Enigma Has Engaged Yet Another Gamble

“No one should be telling Israel that it must abide by some agreement made by others thousands of miles away….. There is no moral equivalency. Israel does not name public squares after terrorists.” [Donald Trump]
[Donald Trump, March 21, 2016]

One would hope that Donald Trump and his appointed aids assigned the pursuit of peace in the Middle East, who unlike John Kerry would examine the past failures at a solution, rather than repeat the same ‘yenta’. In other words, as understood by no less than Albert Einstein, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If they do, they will find that for several reasons it cannot work and accordingly investigate entirely differed ideas which have been enunciated.

Khaled Tabu Toameh’s “Palestinians: Why a ‘Regional Peace Process’ will fail” [Gatestone Institute – Feb 27, 2017] To begin with what must be fully comprehended is that Israel as a Jewish state is anathema to Palestinian aspirations. Apart from the fact that Abbas has openly declared this, what the Palestinians really want is “to use the Europeans to impose a ‘solution’ on Israel.”

Time and again whether it be the Palestinians or Hamas, they have rejected the idea of what they consider unreasonable concessions, recognizing Israel as a Jewish State and giving up the demand for “a right of return” for millions of Palestinian refugees” into Israel. Then there is the matter of terrorists who have been rightfully jailed for ghastly inhuman acts. Forgotten is the fact that Israel has made innumerable concessions only to be greeted with even more acts of violence.

As informed by Toameh:
[a] Many Palestinians sometimes refer to Arab leaders and regimes as the “real enemies” of the Palestinians.
[b] Echoing the skepticism as reflected in [a] above, a prominent Palestinian political analyst Hani al-Masri has stated that he believes the Arabs desire to assist Israel to “liquidate” the Palestinian cause.
[c] Former Jordanian Minister of Information Saleh al-Qallab denounced the talk of a “regional conference” as a “poisonous gift and conspiracy” against Jordan and the Palestinians. The Jordanians are most concerned about any ideas which could manifest themselves in a threat to the Hashemite Kingdom.
[d] The Lebanese would like to rid themselves of Palestinian refugee camps and their inhabitants.
[e] In summary, he is of the opinion that the proposed “regional solution” is doomed to fail because Palestinians and their Arab brethren hate each other and there is no element of trust to build on.

It is not difficult to comprehend any of this when one considers that neither Egypt nor Jordan the real occupiers of Gaza and the West Bank respectively, during the time period between the conclusion of the War of Independence and the Six Day War, promoted the idea of a Palestinian state.

The writer is in full agreement with another Gatestone Institute author, Guy Milliere who had published his “Beyond the Failed ‘Two State Solution” on February 15, 2017 called for new ideas on the given subject. This would necessitate dismantling the Palestinian Authority with a replacement infinitely better for both Israel and the Arab population in the area.

Milliere remind us of Zuheir Mohsen, a PLO leader proclaiming in 1977 that the Palestinian people were invented for political purposes. The acceptance of the PA’s continuous permissibly of incitement against Israel, the granting of heroism to terrorists and acceptance of Hamas as fellow Palestinians makes for an allusion, a partner for peace.

It is time to end the fictitious arguments of Palestinians as a indigenous people to the Land of Israel. By firmly utilizing history, this falsehood can be destroyed once and forever. It is time to return to Menachem Begin’s planned autonomy for the so-called Palestinians combined with actions on the part of the Arab League, the creators of the PLO for relocation [transfer]. Saudi Arabia alone has an extraordinarily vast land to create a home for them at a safe distance.

Yet another plan for consideration originated in 2012 and is referred to as the “Palestinian. Emirates” or “Eight State Solution”.Professor Mordechai Kedar, a highly qualified academic from Bar Ilan University is the originator of this idea. He is fully conversant with Arabic and studies in Arabic culture. His plan is based on the sociology of the Middle East, which has the tribe as the major cornerstone of society. He notes that the Western-style nation-state structure imposed on regions inhabited by multiple tribes such as Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya are failed or are failing, whereas states based on homogeneous tribes such as the United Arab Emirates can succeed.

The eight Palestinian city states would be the Gaza Strip, Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Jericho, Tulkarm, Qalgilya and the Arab part of Hebron, all of which he says posses traditional tribal leadership structures capable of transitioning to a self-governing emirate. Geographically, each emirate would govern its city and surrounding land. Each state could independently decide its own form of government, make its own laws, educate its own people, and print its own currency, if it wishes; as well as have its own media, develop its own industry and commerce, or have its people find employment within Israel. This structure gives control and responsibility to local residents to decide their own future.

Kedar’s plan would result in self-governance and self-determination for the vast majority of Palestinian Arabs, with the remaining [sparsely populated] area of the West Bank to be annexed by Israel and its residents offered Israeli citizenship. Israel would provide free passage of people and goods between each city-state and internationally. This proposal would obviously satisfy Israel’s primary concerns for security, including retention of strategic depth and minimizing the threat of rockets and terror tunnels.

A revisit of history to San Remo and the Balfour Declaration would appear to be in order, an era when unlike today, “to the victor went the spoils”, thus permitting the British free license in decision making.
Rather than annexation, the British elected to create Arab states throughout the Middle East, with the singular exception of Palestine. An insight into British thought follows:

Isaiah Friedman – The Question of Palestine – Chapter 18 The Meaning of the Declaration. [Pages 309-327]

Amery regarded the Mandate of Palestine as a “charter to Zionism” – one of the most momentous declarations that have ever been made in recent history”, while General Smuts referred to it as “the foundation of a great policy of international justice.”|The greatest most ancient historic wrong has at last been undone. It was “ a definite promise to the Jewish world.”Lloyd George specifically pointed out that the Zionist leaders had given the British “a definite promise—- to rally to the Allied cause Jewish sentiment and support throughout the world”, concluding that the Zionists “kept their word in the letter and the spirit” and that the only question that remained was whether the British meant [in the late thirties] to honor theirs.

During the Peace Conference, US President Wilson declared that his Government and the American people agreed that in Palestine “shall be laid the foundation of a Jewish Commonwealth.”
Unlike today, the media were fully supportive of the possible realization of Zionist aspirations in terms of Jewish statehood.

Winston Churchill “there should be created in our own lifetime by the banks of the Jordan a Jewish state under the protection of the British crown which might comprise three or four millions of Jews.”

Lord Robert Cecil’s assurance – his Government’s intention was that “Arabia should be for the Arabs, Armenia [Christian] for the Armenians, and Judea for the Jews.”

Neville Chamberlain spoke of “the new Jewish state.”

Lloyd George, “—it was contemplated that when the time arrived for according representative institutions to Palestine—-the idea of a National Home —had become a definite majority of the inhabitants, then Palestine would thus become a Jewish Commonwealth.”

Balfour in answer to Colonel Meinertzhagen, “My personal hope is that the Jews will make good in Palestine and eventually found a Jewish State.”

In a meeting on 22 July 1921, at which Churchill, Maurice Hankey, Edward Russell, Chaim Weitzman and Meinertzhagen were also present, both Lloyd George and Balfour said that “—by the Declaration they always meant an eventual Jewish State.”

Balfour, “Zionism be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 70,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.”

David Fromkin – A Peace To End All Peace – Chapter 50 [Page 447], Chapter 58 [Pages
519, 520, 523, 524] Chapter 41 [Page 401]

Richard Meinertzhagen, British Head of Military Intelligence in Cairo; “The world is certainly too anti-Semitic and too suspicious of Jewish brains and money. In any case, I find myself alone out here, among gentiles, in upholding Zionism—” [1920]

Winston Churchill; There is room for all—-No one has harmed you—The Jews have a far more difficult task than you. You only have to enjoy your own possession; but they have to try to create out of the wilderness, out of the barren places, a livelihood for the people they bring in.——it is not fair to come to a discussion thinking that one side has to give nothing and the other side has to give large and important concessions, and without any security that these concessions will be a means of peace.”[1921]

Winston Churchill; “I am told that the Arabs would have done it for themselves [built a power plant]. Who is going to believe that? Left to themselves, the Arabs of Palestine would not in a thousand years have taken effective steps toward the irrigation and electrification of Palestine. They would have been quite content to dwell – a handful of philosophic people – in the wasted sun-scorched plains, letting the waters of the Jordan continue to flow unbridled and unharnessed into the Dead Sea.”

“The British Government means to carry out the Balfour Declaration. I have told you so again and again. I told you so at Jerusalem. I told you so at the House of Commons the other day. I tell you so now. They mean to carry out the Balfour Declaration. They do.”[1921]

“–it is manifestly right that the scattered Jews should have a national center and a national home to be re-united and where else but in Palestine with which for 3,000 years they have been intimately and profoundly associated ? We think it will be good for the world, good for the Jews, good for the British Empire, but also good for the Arabs who dwell in Palestine and we intend it to be so—–they shall share in benefits and progress of Zionism.” [1921]

Joan Peters- From Time Immemorial – Chapter 13 [Page 274]

Colonel Meinertzhagen; Much has been written about injustice to the Arabs. There is nothing in a Jewish State which conflicts with Arab rights. And moreover, be it remembered that the Arabs are the only nation in the world with at least three kings and several sovereign states. The Jews are a nation without a home.”[1920]

David Lloyd George; “The Allies redeemed the promises made in these declarations to the full. No race has done better out of the fidelity with which the Allies redeemed their promises to the oppressed races than the Arabs. Owing to tremendous sacrifices of the Allied Nations, and more particularly of Britain and her Empire, the Arabs have already won independence in Iraq, Arabia, Syria, and Trans-Jordania, although most of the Arab races fought throughout the War for the Turkish oppressors.”

Conor Cruise O’Brien – The Siege – Chapter 3 [Pages 149, 191]

Colonial Office; “it [the Jewish Community] should know that it is in Palestine as of right and not on sufferance. That is the reason why it is necessary that the existence of a Jewish National Home should be formally recognized to rest upon ancient historical connections.”[1922 White Paper]

PM Ramsey MacDonald; “The obligation to facilitate Jewish immigration and to encourage close settlement by Jews on the land remains a positive obligation of the Mandate and it can be fulfilled without prejudice to the rights—-of all sections of the population of Palestine.”[1930 White Paper]

The myth of Palestine as a twice promised land by the British was fully exposed by historian Isaih Friedman in his book of the same name. Thus destroying fully the claims by the Arabs and the newly fabricated Palestinians.

If the Trump ME Conference should materialize, one would hope that his team of David Friedman, Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner will keep the foregoing in mind. On the other hand, Donald Trump would more likely succeed, were he to engage Bridgette Gabriel, Nona Darwish and Ayaan Hirsi Ali for the task, given that they are reformed Muslims who are fully knowledgeable on both the history and international law of all aspects of the given assignment.

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.