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The Dream of Coexistence - the Myth of the Two-state Solution
written by Isa Nowotny, April 30, 2017;
1947. According to the UN partition plan shortly before the founding of the Israeli state there should be an Arab state coming into life next to the Jewish one. The Arabs reject the plan.
2000. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak accepts a "peace plan" at Camp David that would have allowed the Palestinians to possess specific territories. Palestinian leader Arafat rejects the plan; shortly afterwards the Second Intifada begins.
2008. Ehud Olmert, another Israeli Prime Minister, wanted to give the Palestinians their own state with a surface area roughly as big as the Israeli state. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas rejects the plan.
Can a two - state solution work out if even the people who are supposed to benefit from it reject it? And why is it even being rejected by them if the whole conflict is solely about territory and the area is big enough for both peoples? Isn't an own state what the Palestinians actually want?
Simply put: Whoever seeks to understand this conflict - really understand it - has to abandon the prevalent notion that it is about territory and territorial claim. It is easy to believe this delusion if you just think superficially about the history of Israel. "Jews who invade the country, expel the indigenous Arabs and proceed to establish their own state? Of course the Arabs would be furious, the Jews stole their country!" The fact that Jews have always been living there - about 30.000 briefly before the Zionist movement started - is almost never mentioned here.
Or even the fact that prior to the establishment of the Israeli state the Arabs did not have their land and estate stolen, but rather had their property bought off legally.
Not to mention the circumstance that the majority of Arab - Muslim countries gradually expropriated and expelled their Jewish inhabitants, thus making the countries nearly »judenrein« (free of Jews).
And why is it so horrible at all to allow the Jewish people to have a single small state? Yes, this little red spot on the map depicts the land grabbers. The green colored areas show: Muslims do have lots of space in this world.
Here we will have to address the question again why Muslims fight so hard for this small piece of land. Well: As aforementioned; believing the conflict is about territory is delusional. I am writing "Muslims", not "Palestinians" because it does not only concern the Palestinians. Why do virtually all Muslim countries staunchly support the Palestinians? Even the Shiite country of Iran, which is in the vanguard regarding "Israel-hatred" (more accurately: Jew hatred), is a strong supporter of the Sunni Palestinians. In view of the Jews even Shias and Sunnis have suddenly found their ability to stick together. Religious communities that usually battle each other. What could possibly be behind this other than a fundamental Muslim solidarity?
So, if it is not about territory - well, what is it actually about then? The essential problem is Islam. Islamic anti-Semitism, the general Islamic hatred towards "infidels" as well as the Islamic urge for expansion. Israel stands solid as a rock in the face of the Islamic world; she stands against everything devout Muslims strive for. The fact that an "infidel", or even worse: Jewish state exists next to their countries is exactly the opposite of what they want, in a way it shatters their religious views of anti-Semitism and expansion.
Let's have a look at a few suras taken from the quran:
»The Jews even said, "GOD's hand is tied down!" It is their hands that are tied down. They are condemned for uttering such a blasphemy. Instead, His hands are wide open, spending as He wills. For certain, your Lord's revelations to you will cause many of them to plunge deeper into transgression and disbelief. Consequently, we have committed them to animosity and hatred among themselves until the Day of Resurrection. Whenever they ignite the flames of war, GOD puts them out. They roam the earth wickedly, and GOD dislikes the evildoers.«
This sura implies Jews are responsible for pretty much all evil in this world, thus even disliked by Allah. So, why should a devout Muslim think differently than Allah himself?
»Once the Sacred Months are past, (and they refuse to make peace) you may kill the idol worshipers when you encounter them, punish them, and resist every move they make. If they repent and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), you shall let them go. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.«
A Muslim should threaten "infidels" with violence; should said "infidels" then convert to Islam and fulfill their religious duties, they will be forgiven. In sum: Islam is indeed a religion of peace - on condition that all people play along meekly.
»If you encounter (in war) those who disbelieve, you may strike the necks. If you take them as captives you may set them free or ransom them, until the war ends. Had GOD willed, He could have granted you victory, without war. But He thus tests you by one another. As for those who get killed in the cause of GOD, He will never put their sacrifice to waste.«
This was merely a short insight into the way of thinking of the people Israel has to fight on a daily basis. Islam is essentially defined by its urge for expansion; the urge to proselytize as many people as possible, conquer their countries and islamize them. So, if the Palestinians got their own state next to the Israeli state, the majority of them would still not be satisfied at all with the situation. The conflict would just be taken to the next level: They would still want the whole of Israel for themselves. The Ummah (Muslim community of the world) wants Sweden, the whole of Europe... the whole Western world for themselves. It does not stop with Israel, simply because it is the essence of the Muslim religion. And as long as the majority of Europeans still believe the Mideast conflict to be all about territory, nothing will change for the better about the current situation in Europe. In fact, Israel is the Western world's touchstone, and securing Israel's existence should be of great importance to every freedom-loving person. This cannot be achieved with a Two-state "solution".