A Modest Proposal for Peace in the Middle East

Surrounded . . .
Surrounded . . .

Why don’t the Muslim nations surrounding Israel simply absorb the “Palestinians” living in squalor in refugee camps rather than trying to continuously attack Israel?

Lest some of us have forgotten, some 6 million Jews were slaughtered in Europe by the Nazis. After the war, the idea of a Jewish state was discussed and, finally, in 1948, Israel came into being. Almost immediately, Arabs armies attacked the new state – – and were promptly defeated. At approximately the same time, Arab leaders and propagandists convinced Arabs living in what became Israel to leave because the Jews would probably slaughter them. What a joke. There are only a million or so Arabs living in peace and in freedom in the Middle East — they are the ones living in Israel.

The so-called Palestinians are not ethically or linguistically different from the Arabs living in the surrounding states so why is all this happening? Why are the terrorists of Hamas continuously firing rockets indiscriminately into Israel? Why are the cuckoo-clock leaders of Iran calling for Israel’s destruction (and they are not even Arabs)? Why? Because they have a pathological obsession with the state of Israel. Problems in the various Arab economies? Blame Israel. Things aren’t going well in Syria? Blame Israel. Etc., etc., etc.

So why don’t the Muslim nations surrounding Israel simply absorb the “Palestinians” living in squalor in refugee camps? Because it gives them an excuse to attack Israel.

Look at a map of the Middle East. You see that tiny little sliver of land alongside the Med. between Egypt and Syria? That’s Israel. Look around that little sliver: Egypt – Muslim; Jordan – Muslim; Syria – Muslim. Those are the states abutting Israel. Let’s go one state away: Saudi Arabia – Muslim; Iraq – Muslim; Turkey – predominantly Muslim (and getting more so); Iran – well, you know . . . (In the graphic, all the nations in pink are Muslim.)

Now, the current Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was originally named Trans-Jordan (i.e., across the Jordan River). That was supposed to be the Palestinian state. Well, it didn’t work out that way. So why not carve out a piece of land, say part of Jordan, a bit of Saudi Arabia, and a bit of western Iraq and make that the State of Palestine? That way Israel could incorporate the West Bank and Gaza into what should be its natural borders, Jerusalem could be declared an international city (under Israeli jurisdiction), and the international community (including Israel) could help relocate the Palestinian Diaspora. Problem solved, right? If only . . .

I know.  It won’t ever happen, at least not in our lifetimes. Ah, well. As long as there is a Palestinian “problem.” there will be no peace in the Middle East.