Since Israel was created there, it is utterly unrealistic to propagate its disappearance. And since the people who live there can’t help the criminal decisions made by colonizers who couldn’t handle the situation anymore, and those at the UN who were at the time suffering of post-colonial disease, it would be utterly injust to say to the Israelis they have to leave the land where they are born or which they consider as theirs.
But this reality doesn’t lead us to a solution, no?
So if it comes to a possible scenario…The best scenario of all would be that on both sides the old enemies could step aside and give others who are truly interested in a solution a chance.
This includes Sharon, Arafat, and the whole bunch around them.
It also includes all those who came from the inside and the outside to milk the situation out in the name of…(fill in here all that sounds fanatical extremist on both sides.)
Further it would be at this moment a necessity for the USA to back off, especially in its openly promoting Israel and supporting and financing it no matter the cost (in no matter which issue at stake).
The EU could play a role but only if they manage to finally form a united front.
The Arab League should stop looking at their navel and abandon their favourite pass time, which is shouting a bit at eachother and calling other members sons of dogs and the likes.
Eventually it could lead to all of them becoming a bit less self protecting and milking out the Palestine/Israel situation to diverse attention from the inside problems in their own nations, and try to look at it as they in fact most often do, but don’t show that much : sobering realistic.
Israel is now in the constructing business with their variation on what is known commonly as the German Wall (which divided the whole of Germany and you need to have been there to understand what that truly means)… The cementlobby is everywhere a strong one.
The USA is heading for elections, so the Jewish Lobby can’t be ignored.
The EU is fighting over a form of constitution. And in addition one of the latest inventions is a proposition that everybody needs to pass every ten years (every five years for those older then 65) a new exam in order to receive a new drivers licence. This is going to take a lot of time to debate on and to vote on… In order to get a united EU, as you surely understand.
The Arab League… I guess they are in their normal siesta state.
Sharon and Arafat are in their normal battle positions.
The extremists of all kinds have a lot of fun.
Then we have the UN, one should say. But there is a little problem because before they can come in action they first have to get rid of the US Veto Right.
We have Russia, but then the US’ers get visions of Mc. Carthy and cold war period to begin with and besides that: everyone who has ever studied a bit on Russian economy has not only a headache, but is in addition to that at the very least highly amused. So although Russia could in other times be on the stage, nowadays they can’t overrule a stubborn Israel promoting USA and they are even in a position to take notice of the powerless EU.
So I don’t see a solution right now, but miracles can happen and in addiotn to that hope: One and an other person is getting really really old.
Hence I should say:
Let time do its job to get rid of them.
Let’s hope that the USA gets a realistic government.
Let’s hope that the EU gets involved united.
Let’s hope that the Arab League comes to life miraculously.
Let’s hope that the UN can pass resolutions without the USA veto making it impossible.
Let’s hope that the most visible and vocal (and sounding) extremists on both sides get discouraged because people finally see some action and finally can have some hope on a solution.
Well, to see some little signe of hope overthere:
Don’t forget that many Israely soldiers already prefer prison to killing Palestinians.
Don’t forget that many Israely citizens are sick of all of this as well.
Don’t forget that Palestinian mothers who say on TV that their suicidal son (or daughter) is a hero, weap once the cameras are gone and are afraid day and night that their other children will be misled to do the same.
To understand this contradiction you must have feeling with the culture and soul of the tribal societies. You can not say your son is not a hero without recognizing he comitted suicide and thus brought shame to his family and betrayed his belief. (Suicide is forbidden in Islam.) You can’t dishouner your son and family on TV.
Of course there are people who believe those young people who kill themselves and a lot of innocents with them, are true heros fighting for liberation. And seen their hopeless situation and the lack of interest of the world to resolve it, I truly can understand why. If you are with your back against a concrete wall and humiliated, attacked, murdered, deprived of everything and see your land occupied and even your water, the life blood of your land, stolen under your very eyes, it is after a while impossible to see things in the same perspective as others maybe do.
(And take in mind that I mention water, because water is one of the issues in this conflict and shall become one of the main issues of later conflicts in the region too.)
The most unrealistic solution I can think of for this problem - and of almost all bloodshed worldwide - would be that people in general become less greedy and less capitalistic orientated.
But then you can say I speak against my own way of life, which I do. Although… The greedy thing is not part of it as far as I know.
And I don’t wish anybody dead. But now and then I almost pray to God to let a few people drop dead instantly so that they can’t do any more harm.
It is, when you reflect on it, amazing that so few people can influence so many and that this happens on a worldwide scale in any given time. This question was in fact one of the reasons I got addicted to the study of history.
I can’t predict how this situation is going to become finally history. But that something is going to happen by which the whole region risks to explode and gets involved, is very clear to me.
When you think of it that Israel has WMD, that they are not ashamed of attacking other nations, that they are supported by a president of the USA who is not ashamed of killing thousand for the sake of the US economy (and his own personal interests)…
I can tell you that it’s not looking good at all. And then I even speak here with my European half. The Arab part is extremely worried, extremely angry and at the same time inclined to say the fatalistic phrase Muslims are known for: God knows best. (This is what parallzes a bit the Arab League at crucial moments… At what they call crucial moments, that is).