Bob Ryan

You Cannot have Peace Unless all Parties want Peace

The idea that another two-state solution will bring peace to Israel is as flawed as the original two-state solution that promised peace that did not happen. One side, the newly formed Jewish state that would become Israel, accepted the terms and did want peace. The other state, Jordan, had no interest in peace, along with several other nations in the region.

With only one side wanting to live in peace, Israel’s War of Independence was inevitable, along with the other wars that followed against Israel.

Peace cannot be forced on people who have no interest in peace. It is a part of human nature that remains unchanged. Hatred never allows for reason.

It does not matter how small or large the scale is, peace does not come easily to those who do not want peace, or never happens.

On a small scale, there is the infamous Hatfield’s and McCoy’s from American history. The two families hated each other even before their feud began in 1865. The decades long fighting and lawlessness by both families, which included extended families, did not come to an end until 1891. Other parties tried to negotiate peace during that time, but all failed, since neither wanted peace.

On a slightly larger scale are villages in the world who are ruled by the elders. Neighboring villages have generational long battles where the occasional elders of one village wants peace, without the others having any interest. With only one side occasionally wanting peace, there can be no peace.

On a significantly larger scale was Chamberlain dealing with Hitler. Chamberlain was desperate to prevent war. He was so desperate he failed to see Hitler had no long-term interest in peace. Chamberlain’s promise of peace proved fatally wrong.

Throughout history, peace cannot be forced on those who have no interest in peace. Leaders will occasionally lie about wanting to find a peaceful solution who have no interest and the track record to disbelieve whatever promised to give time to rearm and regroup.

A second two-state solution for Israel will no more bring peace than the first did. It would require more than one side to have interest in peace. Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terrorist groups hate Israel. The various Iranian backed terrorists may occasionally ask for peace talks, but they use the time to rearm, before returning to attack Israel.

There can be no peace without all sides having an interest in peace. That is unchanging human nature that will never be altered. If a second two-state solution is forced on Israel, they will be attacked, just as happened with the first.

Giving up land in the name of peace does not bring about peace. It did not work with Hitler or Jordan and will not work in the future. Ignoring the lessons of history never bodes well for people. And will not bode well for Israel, if it ever happens.

About the Author
Bob Ryan is a novelist of the future via science-fiction, dystopian or a combination of the two, and blogger of the past with some present added in on occasion. He believes the key to understanding the future is to understand the past, since human nature is an unchanging force. As any writer can attest, he spends a great deal of time researching numerous subjects. He is someone who seeks to strip away emotion in search of reason, since emotion clouds judgement. Bob is an American with an MBA in Business Administration. He is a gentile who supports Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. He is a Christian Zionist who knows God is calling His chosen home as foretold in prophecy.