rocksHow 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 states—Egypt, Iraq, Jor­dan, Lebanon and Syria—attacked the newly formed Israel. Oddly, one of the states that declared war—Jordan—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 1947—Egypt, Iraq, Jor­dan, Lebanon and Syria—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.

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