A JEWISH DEMOCRATIC STATE
The common thought about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that the dispute is about territories, Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the status of Jerusalem.
The real conflict was always about the identity of Israel as a Jewish State. Hundred thousands Palestinian who fled Israel in the 48 war were, deliberately, kept in refugee camps and were denied any other citizenship or right to work in order to keep the “Refugee problem” and their “right of return” alive. More then 100 million refugees all over the world managed, since 1948, to rebuild their life and to create a future for themselves while the Palestinians, now about 3 millions, were forced to poverty and dependency on international and UN aid for their survival.
Although there is a substantial deferent between Fatah and Hamas about the basic strategy toward Israel there is no different about the interpretation of the “right of return”. Bothe parties declared several times in public that the “right of return” means that all the refugees from 1948 or their descendants should returns to their homes in their villages, be compensated for the suffering they endured in the last 60 years. The actual meaning is that Israel, as a Jewish democratic state will cease to exist.
On 03/17/2005 Mahmoud Abbas signed in Cairo, Egypt, the “Hudna” (In Arabic – temporary cease fire) agreement with Hamas and other Palestinians factions. In the agreement Mahmoud Abbas accepted with his signature the Hamas formula of the Palestinian “Right of Return”. He reconfirmed In Mecca declaration, from 02/08/2007, all the principals of the Cairo “Hudna” agreement.
In the end of 11/2007 the USA is planning the Annapolis ‘Peace Conference’, in Washington with Israel, Palestinians and more Arabs countries, aimed to issue a declaration of the “Principle of the final agreement between Israel and the Palestinians”
Israel already recognized specifically the right of the Palestinian to a nation State of their own and adopted the formula of “two states for two nations” solution, meaning one state for the Palestinian and one for the Jews. The Palestinian never accepted that solution and spoke only about “Two stats living in peace side by side” neglecting any moral legitimacy right of the Jews in Palestine.
The decision of Israel yesterday 11/11/2007 to condition any substantial progress in the peace negotiation with the Palestinians in the recognition of Israel as a “Jewish nation state’ just as Israel recognize Palestine as a Arab Palestinian state is the first time that the peace process is not focused solely on the Palestinian right for a state of their own but also of the Jews right to have their own state.
All the other issues such as borders, security matters, ‘Safe pass’ from Gaza to the West bank or the status of the holy places in Jerusalem are only technical issues which can be easily solved once the Palestinian recognize also the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.
Seems that the Palestinians reached
the moment of truth – Is the conflict with Israel
about borders and self determination or about the very existence of Israel
as the state of the Jewish nation.
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