Palle Veje Rasmussen
Danish philosopher and high-school-teacher

When the war is over

When the war is over, we face a historic opportunity in the Middle East, a chance to break decades of stalemate and create a path toward lasting peace. Central to this process is the need for Saudi Arabia’s recognition of Israel and an active support for a two-state solution, where Israel’s existence is ensured by the US, and Saudi Arabia is assigned a key role in the reconstruction of Gaza and the development of the West Bank. Iran’s influence in the region has lasted long enough and it is time for Hamas and Hezbollah to be put outside of influence.

For too long, the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has been an open wound in the region, a source of instability and human suffering. Saudi Arabia’s recognition of Israel would not be merely a symbolic gesture, but a powerful step towards changing the dynamics of the Middle East. As a regional leader and guardian of the Islamic holy sites, Saudi Arabia has a unique influence that could pave the way for other Arab nations to follow suit.

America’s commitment to ensuring Israel’s security is essential. It sends a clear signal that Israel’s existence and right to live in peace is not negotiable. At the same time, this security must not be at the expense of the rights and aspirations of the Palestinians. A just and lasting peace requires mutual recognition and guarantees of security for both peoples.

Saudi Arabia’s role in the reconstruction of Gaza and the development of the West Bank could be transformative. By investing in infrastructure, education and economic development, Saudi Arabia can help create a foundation for a Palestinian state that is viable, stable and able to co-exist alongside Israel. This is not just a matter of financial support, but an expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people and their quest for self-determination.

Such a move would naturally require courage and vision. It would require overcoming deep-seated mistrust and decades of conflict. But history is filled with moments when courageous leaders have stepped forward and created new paths toward peace. Now is the time for leaders in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and their international partners, especially the United States, to take this bold step.

We are facing a rare convergence of interests and opportunities. By recognizing Israel and supporting a two-state solution, Saudi Arabia can not only help end a protracted conflict, but also cement its role as a peacemaking power in the Middle East. For the future of the region, for the sake of peace, it is time to act.

About the Author
I’m a Danish philosopher, have been written a book about formation in the high school-education system.
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