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Two New Year’s Resolutions for Israel: Forget Oslo, Embrace the East

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Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat at the Oslo I signing ceremony, September 13, 1993. Photo: Wikipedia.

Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat at the Oslo I signing ceremony, September 13, 1993. Photo: Wikipedia.

There are two things that I would like to see friends of Israel promote this year. The first is acknowledging the futility of any possible negotiated conclusion of hostilities between Israel and Palestinian-Arabs. The second is clearly articulating that although Israel remains a close ally with much of the West, it will and must pursue mutually-beneficial relations elsewhere.

Acknowledging the Futility of a Negotiated Conclusion of Hostilities

It should be clear to all objective observers that the Palestinians do not want a negotiated conclusion of hostilities with Israel via a two-state-solution (TSS).

2016 should be the year that we finally bury Oslo and the TSS.

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I had been a proponent of TSS ever since President Clinton stood on the White House lawn with Yitzhak Rabin and that grinning terrorist, Yasser Arafat.

But those days are long gone. It is now time for the Jewish people and the Israeli government to make it exceedingly clear to our frenemies that this particular phase of the Long Arab War Against the Jews is over.

We must learn from the past. Israel tried to settle things with the Palestinians by offering them the entirety of Gaza, something close to all of Judea and Samaria outside of Israel “proper,” and the eastern section of Jerusalem as a Palestinian-Arab capital. But that is not what they want.

Instead they want to sacrifice their own children because they honestly believe that any bit of land in history that came under Muslim domination must remain under Muslim domination. This is basic Islamic doctrine and there is little that we can do about it.

In countries where Muslims dominate, they will only accept Jews and Christians as dhimmis. Anyone who cares about the well-being of the Jewish people, not to mention the Christians of the Middle East, and who has followed the conflict over the previous decades knows this in their bones because the Arabs have been good teachers. They simply will not accept free Jews in the Middle East. They do not even accept the Jews as a people.

From a human rights perspective, Israel treats Israeli-Arabs better than Arabs treat themselves. Nonetheless, they constantly scream to the heavens that their misery is the fault of an exceedingly generous, and long persecuted, people. They even managed to convince Westerners that the source of Arab misery is the Jewish state.

This is unjust in itself, but what makes it morally insidious is that these westerners frame their hatred for Jewish autonomy and independence in the language of “social justice.” Western children in the universities want to claim that they are part of the lineage represented by Martin Luther King, Jr., despite the fact the MLK, himself, was a friend of Israel and despite the fact that Israeli Jews offer more social justice to their enemies than any people have ever done throughout human history.

So the question, as always, is what is to be done?

My growing inclination has been for Israeli unilateralism. Israel should declare its final borders, remove the IDF to behind those borders, and toss the keys over its shoulder.

In any case, Ted Belman is correct. There is no diplomatic solution.

East Asia, India, and Friends

The people of North America are generally friendly towards Israel.

It is hackneyed to say so, but we do share similar values. The Israeli government and the governments of the West are democratic and liberal. The hostile Arab-Muslim dictatorships that surround Israel are not. This being the case, Israel should endeavor to maintain good diplomatic, scholarly, and economic relationships with the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Nonetheless, Israel must diversify its economic relations. Europe is becoming increasingly hostile to the Jewish state. The United States is starting along a similar path, but is maybe a decade or two behind.

Thankfully, the non-Muslim parts of the Asian Pacific Rim have no particular history of antisemitism. Furthermore, this is the most economically aggressive section of the world today. In the coming decades, China will really flex her financial muscle, you can be sure. India is increasingly friendly.

Given these circumstances, it is wise for Israel to look eastward.

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