Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Trump’s Arab Palestinian State is all smoke and mirrors

Has everyone forgotten the alternative that we agreed upon?

Trump is now being depicted as partial because his peace plan rejects Arab Palestinian terrorism. How unfair and one-sided, indeed!

But Trump’s conditions to the Arab Palestinian leaders for an Arab Palestinian State are as workable as friendly asking from any dictator to institute democracy. The Arab Palestinian leadership would have to acknowledge Israel as the Jewish State, demilitarize, abandoned terrorism, stop paying murderers salaries, stop incitement and indoctrination, give human rights and freedom of the press, and forego a full right of return, air control, airport, seaport, in exchange for a sort-of-State, lots of money, and a ‘capital’ outside of Jerusalem, in what the anti-Zionist press always calls ‘East Jerusalem’ (though that also stretches to other directions).

If you think that this would ever remotely be possible, ask yourself if Hitler or Stalin would’ve agreed. Why would Hamas that uses its own population as human shields ever consent to such things? What do they care about their population having prosperity — their own bank accounts are stuffed.

Why would the PA agree? It has indefinitely postponed elections, vowed to never stop paying its murderers, and will not allow openly gay men.


Then, why was Netanyahu wrong in agreeing with this phony plan?

Because the PA will always have ‘reasons’ to blame Israel for its non-compliance and Israel as a democratic State cannot deny its obligations.

Look at the previous peace processes. They cost Israel dearly and gave it nothing but criticism from the whole world that ‘Israel must choose peace and work toward a two-State solution.’ As if we’d ever not wanted peace.

You cannot build a safe and stable future on a lie. Jordan is Arab Palestine.

This peace plan and its promoters lack the honesty or courage to call a spade a spade. To say no to a third Arab Palestinian State (besides Gaza and Jordan) and to demand an end to Muslim animosity toward Jews.

There is no real viable State without weapons, foreign policy, an airport, free immigration (‘Right of Return’). Without Arabs discarding Jew-hatred, this would be yet another terror haven in Israel’s midst. Most dangerous!


So, what is an honest reasonable workable alternative instead of a ‘demilitarized non-viable Arab Palestinian State at the West Bank’?

Has Trump’s plan’s hype already erased every memory of the consensus that we had that Israel should annex the whole of the West Bank and give Arabs living there a path to citizenship? Please, let’s return to our senses!

Again, an Israel PM finds it more important what the world around us wants from us than what is real, true, just, and also good for the Jews.


Jewish-Israeli reactions in the first 24 hours on chronologically

I’ll only look at reactions by the locals, Israeli Jews, after the plan was published and not at previous speculative predictions or reactions by Palestinians (all contra-factual and negative — what’s there to learn?). I also left out self-serving self-congratulating accounts by Israeli politicians.

These are the mostly negative reactions that I found:

On the Left:

The JTA / JPost only knew extremist leftwing Israeli Jews to ask for their comments and they all just talked ideology and lies. Sad. Later, one Israeli lefty deplored that it didn’t give the Arab Palestinians enough concessions.

Tovah Lazaroff for the Jerusalem Post: Blow-by-blow exposé why everyone will hate this plan. Very convincing.

David Horovitz: Questionable for peacemaking but a great success for Bibi.

Dr Shany Mor: This farce gives both parties got some goodies and Israel should take what it got.

Avi Issacharoff: The plan brings great unity but between the wrong groups: Netanyahu and Gantz on the one hand and all Arab Palestinian fractions on the other. (Sounds more like a war uniting the warring parties.) More than creating peace, it seems to make a relatively calm state more volatile.

The Haaretz site gives nice damning headlines but seems off the air.

On the Right:

Moshe Koppel, the Kohelet Policy Forum: This plan is for Israel the best one ever. Yet, despite all good intentions, it could easily backfire.

JoeSettler: Nice on paper, terrible in practice because it will lead to more terrorism and a US President hostile to Israel can modify the conditions and give the Arab Palestinians a path to Israel-endangering statehood.

Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar of the Sovereignty Movement: This is a bad deal for Israel, made with the best of intentions but a lack the basic understanding of the essence of the Land of Israel, which is not for sale.

David Israel: Let us pray that, as in previous times, the Arab Palestinian leaders will also prevent this disastrous dangerous plan to come about.

Leaders of Jews living in the West Bank rejected an Arab Palestinian State there forcefully. But they liked some raisins in the porridge (annexation). (How in the world do they agree with partial over total annexation?)

These are the mostly positive reactions that I found:

On the Left:

Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post: Israel shows its red (border) lines.

Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post: There is no Palestinian peace partner but at least, this plan shows the world that Israel is not at fault.

Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post: Trump’s plan gives exactly what Netanyahu always wanted. (If that’s true, he wanted too little.) And then the formerly respectable daily opines the opposite: that Trump convinced Netanyahu to agree to an Arab Palestinian State. (If anything, Netanyahu convinced Trump that this unviable thing could be called an Arab Palestinian State.)

On the Right:

Col (Res.) Dr. Raphael G. Bouchnik-Chen: Very nice plan without blame game though probably never to be implemented because the Arab Palestinians are not willing to talk. (Like: beautiful machine but useless.)

Caroline Glick: (Atheist) Trump is the first US President who acknowledges Israel as the modern State of the Biblical Jews. His plan is better than we ever got from the US or ever will get so it would be a sin not to support it. It is not perfect but we can live with it. (Beats me why she turned so mild.)

Reactions in the first 24 hours by Israeli ToI bloggers chronologically

I will only discuss the posts that really deal with the Deal of the Century.

These are the reactions that I found:

My blog post: This is dangerous and doesn’t address the real problems.

Gil Lewinsky: It sounds friendly but besides no chance to have it realized because the Arab Palestinians will not agree, it relinquishes Jewish land.

Abraham Bril: Israel should motivate the Arab Palestinians but if they fail to come to the table, Israel will not be to blame.

Daniella Levy: The plan will not work but listening to Trump I still felt misplaced hope. It’s good we can still hope.

Miri Maoz-Ovadia: My initial reaction: We have won America’s recognition that we belong to the land upon which we live. (Not alarmed by creating a path to an Arab Palestinian State or a US President Bernie Sanders soon.)

Martin Kramer: No dancing in the street except by Trump and Netanyahu. To get any significance, it should find wider international support.

Avi Shamir: This plan’s goal is to keep Trump and Netanyahu out of jail. PM Netanyahu may use it for landgrab, PM Gantz for real peace negotiations.

So in fact, though it’s from in-depth analysis, my opinion is nothing special.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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