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A response in full, unbridled support of those who believe it was out of line for Binyamin Netanyahu to propose a demilitarized Palestinian state, Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, and an undivided Jerusalem:
Basic flaws with Bibi’s argument:
1. Palestinians deserve a military; they’ll obviously use it responsibly.
2. Israel should stop pretending it’s a Jewish state and seeking recognition as such. Why do the Jews deserve a state anyway?
3. Jerusalem should be cut wide open again, not kept unified for Israel
4. Palestinians should be allowed to settle in Israel and in the theoretical Palestinian state, not only the latter.
Here is a more logical peace proposal:
1. Israel withdraws from the West Bank, no questions asked.
2. We all hope really hard that Hamas won’t forcibly exile the PA like they did in Gaza or that a radical militant group by any other means takes over.
3. If Hamas (or another similar “political party”) gains control (like they managed to do in Gaza), worry not, we have nothing to fear because at the end of the day, they’re just another political party. Stop feeding us propaganda that says otherwise!
4. If Hamas takes control of the West Bank and for some reason receives smuggled weapons (because we were sure not to demilitarize the state) and starts firing them into Israel, DO NOT retaliate. Defending oneself is an international crime and tantamount to genocide. It is, in fact, Israel’s fault, not Hamas’, that Hamas gunmen break international law by attacking from and storing weapons in civilian areas. What chutzpah!
5. We know that peace is guaranteed if Israel withdraws to “pre-’67 borders” because the Arab nations accepted to negotiate those terms when they were offered in 1947, 1948, 1967, and so on. When they say that they pray for the day when Islam will destroy Israel, all that they mean is that they pray for the day when Israel will withdraw to pre-67 borders; it’s a really a big mistranslation.
6. Better not to keep a unified Jerusalem in the hands of Israel. The Arabs want it too, and as Farfour teaches us, sharing is caring. We can be sure that they’ll treat the Old City well if left in their hands, like they did when it was under Jordanian control between 1948 and 1967.
7. I know at the outset that it seems silly for the Palestinian-State-To-Be to want the right to have a military because they’re being established as part of peace negotiations, but come on that’s just not fair. They deserve an army too.
8. Israel gives up demanding that it be recognized as a Jewish state. It’s ok for all of its Muslim neighbors to actively discriminate against any non-believers within their borders but for the Jews to establish a homeland for themselves is just downright arrogant. I’m not anti-Semitic. I just believe that Judaism is the only religion which doesn’t deserve statehood.
9. Simply stated here’s the deal with settlements and resettling of refugees. It’s unethical to not allow Palestinians whose great grandparents lived in the Ottoman Empire and whose grandparents fled in 1948 to settle in Israel as opposed to the new state which will be created for them. Therefore, millions of Palestinians should be allowed to settle in Israel as well as in the new Palestinian-State-To-Be. On the other hand, Israelis must be barred from the West Bank since it will be illegal for them to live by the same double standards that will be applied to the Palestinians. Long story short, Palestinians can live in their new-state-to-be AND in Israel but Israelis can only live in Israel.
To slowly build up trust between two nations so that a military won’t be an issue, allow the Jews one strip of land on the planet, a place called Israel, to keep Jerusalem unified to ensure that it be treated with respect as a city welcoming to all as opposed to divided in two and desecrated, and to allow Palestinians to settle peacefully in their new homeland, well that’s just ridiculous and an inhibitor to peace. Shame on you Bibi and shame on you Israel!
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