How often have we heard reports of Arabs throwing rocks or firebombs at Israeli vehicles? Or Hamas and Hezbollah-led terrorist attacks claiming lives of Israeli men, women and children? Or Arab-led Anti-Semitic propaganda being taught to children and reinforced through schools, mosques and television? Or the never-ending cyber attacks on Israel’s government infrastructure? Or what about the Anti-Semitic cartoons that pollute Arab publications and reinforce negative stereotypes of Jews?
Sound like folks you want to invite over for Passover dinner? I don’t think so. The sad part is that nothing has changed in 62 years. All of these unneighborly gestures date back to the 1920’s, decades before surrounding Arabs states rejected the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine greenlighting Israel into statehood. As you can guess, the victory party was short as five Arab statesâ€”Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syriaâ€”attacked the newly formed Israel. Oddly, one of the states that declared warâ€”Jordanâ€”was also part of the Palestine agreement. And just think, all this only three years after the Holocaust ended.
Fast forward 62 years later. Think things have changed? Think again. Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Saeb Erekat and PA President Mahmoud Abbas are now dismissing the two-state solution and are publically shopping a one-state solution. Surprised?
Time to regroup. Options that make sense include those of a new state variety as opposed to a shared or single state. A new state option would incorporate restitution and involve five to seven or more countries each contributing land or funds to purchase land outside of Israel’s borders. No, it’s not Tel Aviv but then again it has to be better than the putrid conditions that some in the refugee camps report. For example, a good act of faith would include the five states that declared war on Israel in 1947â€”Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syriaâ€”since the refugee camps are a direct result of that war. Other countries interested in the success of a new Palestine could also assist with land grants or funds.
At some point you have to step back, reassess and realize when a relationship just doesn’t gel. Given the laundry-list of antisemitic activities and the recent Hamas election win, it is clear that these two entities need a divorce — not extending living arrangements.