The world has been chasing after the wrong exchange in dealing with the Arab Israeli problem, and it is the Arab Israeli problem and not the substituted Israeli Palestinian problem. The reason the Arab World substituted the Palestinians to stand in for the entire Arab World was simply done for two reasons. The first reason was to make Israel into the aggressor taking the role of Goliath instead of being the David to the larger Arab World. The second reason was that they could change the center of focus by placing the Palestinians at the center as a proxy for the Arab World, they could make it appear that Israel was the side which needed to accept the truth proposed in the situation, namely that there was such an entity as the Palestinians and their country, Palestine. The Arab World is fully aware that there never was any such thing as a country called Palestine and that the peoples originally referred to as the Palestinians by the British, the Romans, and everybody in between were the Jews. But that was what was central to the plan, the Palestinian Arabs were designed to replace the Jews in being defined as Palestinians and then they would simply steal every single Jewish identity and argument in order to replace the Jews entirely and deny the Jews their rightful place.
The Jewish State of Israel has a Law of Return which allows Jews to return to their Biblical Homeland simply because they are Jewish. Now we argue and debate the Palestinian Arab “Right of Return” to their pre-Biblical Homeland. The Jewish people who live outside of Israel are called the Diaspora and the Palestinians now refer to the Palestinian Diaspora which must be allowed to return from wherever in the world they have been scattered to reclaim their rightful lands. The Jewish people claim to have over a three thousand year history in the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The Palestinian Arabs have used the stated timeline of having a nine thousand year history of living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Never mind that Islam is only fourteen hundred years old or that the Arab race had not migrated from the Arabian Peninsula until after 650 AD. The Palestinians are now in the middle of their plans to claim every single historic Jewish and Christian holy site as their own thus erasing the record of either religion’s history and claiming it all for themselves. The problem is not over land or peace; it is over recognition of existence.
This is why it is time to force the first step be taken, and not just by the so-called “Palestinians” but by the Arab and Muslim Worlds at large in giving recognition that the Jews are a people with a deep and long history and acceptance that Israel is their traditional and ancient homeland to which they are returning after two thousand years of wandering in the Diaspora. Israel could offer to give up a portion of land for a Palestinian State once the Arab and Muslim Worlds has recognized the Jews as people and accepted the Jews right to their ancient homeland. This is what must be accomplished first as there can never be peace until the Jewish rights and existence are recognized and respected by the Arab and Muslim Worlds. Until the Jewish people attain the recognition and acceptance from the Arab and Muslim Worlds, there can be no peace let alone an exchange of land for peace as the end all resolution of the situation.
As long as the Arab and Muslim Worlds refuse to recognize the Jewish history and the fact that the Jewish history predates their history in the areas between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea, there can be no real, lasting or valid peace, only the dissolution of Israel as a Jewish State will suffice to satisfy the Arab and Muslim Worlds. There have been a few Arabs who have been brave enough to state their truth in this standoff when stating that they have no problem with a state named Israel as long as it is majority Muslim and the Jews will be allowed to remain there as long as they mind their place as subjects of the Arabs and Muslims. This is the truth which is avoided at all costs simply because much of the world has no real interest in solving the Arab Israeli problem, well, not if it requires the continuation of Israel as a Jewish State continuing going forward. This rejection of Israel as necessarily being the Jewish State has been displayed on the floor of the General Assembly of the United Nations and in the Durban Conferences in all its manifestations. The majority of nations look upon the allowance for the founding of the country of Israel as a Jewish State as a momentary loss of sanity and a vile mistake which requires rectification.
I would dare say if the establishment of Israel were put to a vote at the United Nations today there would be anywhere from one-hundred and twenty to one-hundred and forty votes against and only about a dozen or so in favor with a number of abstentions. When you remember that there are but only one-hundred and ninety-three countries in the General Assembly, such a vote against another member state should give one a taste of the resistance, disdain, abhorrence, and desire to undo the actions of that fateful day of November 29, 1947. Since it is next to impossible to have the United Nations General Assembly to repeat the actions of November 29, 1947, and establish a Jewish State of Israel in modern times should be sufficient to fully explain why there is no possibility for a recognition of the Jewishness of the State of Israel, let alone any acceptance among the club of countries of the world. Until Israel and the Jewish People are granted recognition and shown acceptance by the World in general, we cannot even begin to expect the recalcitrant Arab and Muslim Worlds to do so. So, for this reason, perhaps the first step should be to initiate a drive for the acceptance of Israel as the Jewish State by the World in general and then move on to the more difficult recognition and acceptance by the Arab and Muslim Worlds.
Beyond the Cusp