The Future of Israel - Page 2
So that leaves the question, what will Israel and Palestine do now that Obama's gesture has been rebuked? First of all, a single Palestinian authority must emerge and take charge in order for peace talks to move forward. Similar to Yasser Arafat's gesture in 1993 to make peace with Israel, a Palestinian leader today must step up, talk down the radicals who would prefer firing missiles to leading a country, and address Israel with demands that could actually be considered legitimate. First though, Palestinians must officially recognize Israel. It is, after all, quite difficult to negotiate with somebody that you deny existing. The problem is that radicals in Gaza and the West Bank do not want peace. Groups like Hamas are outweighing the moderates such as the Fatah party; they prefer guerrilla warfare to diplomacy and talks. As a result, the situation will likely stay the same unless the Palestinians understand what needs to be done to protect their people.
There is talk of the Palestinians attempting to pass a bill to the UN stating desire for a two-state solution. However, as long as Obama and the US are riding Netanyahu's train (and from Congress' reaction to his speech, it looks like it), the US will use its Security Council veto to block the Palestinians' ambitions. Is this wrong? Morally, yes. The Palestinians deserve statehood, it is as simple as that. But, as stated earlier, unless Israel feels comfortable with a Palestinian population that is free to arm itself (remember Mexico), and what will probably not happen for a long time, Israel will not support the plan and as a result the US will not either. Therefore, should this happen, most likely things are going to stay the same in Gaza and the West Bank for the time being.
So, if Israel will not accept Palestinian statehood at this time, what will convince them to think otherwise? Ladies and gentlemen, the mandate system. First used effectively by Great Britain and France to govern former Ottoman territories following World War I, the mandate system was effectively when one powerful nation had control over individual states but mostly left them to their own devices. The "mother" state would only interfere in occasions such as war, natural disaster, or some other major issue. This time, the "mother" would be the UN, and the land would be the West Bank and Gaza. In order to convince Israel that Palestinians could play nice, the UN would serve as a watchdog, ensuring that the Palestinians would refrain from hostilities against Israel. After a set amount of years, the UN would leave, and hopefully peace would ensue. Could this work? Yes. Are there groups that would make it their jobs to throw up roadblocks to halt its progression? Absolutely. But what else is there to do?Continued on the next page