A New Paradigm

by Moshe Dann, Arutz Sheva,

Attempts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by political solutions involving the establishment of a second Palestinian entity in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) have not only failed, they have encouraged terrorism and violence, especially within Palestinian society. An alternative to the “two-state solution,” therefore, is essential to achieve peace.

Palestinians are unwilling and incapable of achieving and maintaining statehood. The Palestinians have rejected every viable proposal that would have afforded them a state – from the 1947 partition plan to the 2000 proposals by Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

The Palestinian national movement has enjoyed conditions far more favorable than almost any other national independence movement since World War II: widespread international endorsement of their cause; unmitigated and generous support from the United Nations, the European Union and world superpowers; highly sympathetic coverage by all major media organizations; and over a decade of Israeli administrations who have acknowledged (and at times even identified with) the national aspirations of the Palestinians.

In spite of this, the Palestinian national movement has been unable to go beyond terrorism and Jew-hatred. No other national independence movement has brought such failure, privation and penury to its people and disappointment to its supporters.

What is required is a Paradigm Shift. The reason for these failures is that Palestinian nationalism is driven less by lack of Palestinian self-determination and more by the very the existence of Jewish self-determination; less by the aspiration to establish a Palestinian state and more by the aspiration to destroy a Jewish state. Rejecting the right of Jewish self determination and attempting to destroy Israel is unacceptable by any international standards and, thus, must be considered illegitimate.

In order to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, therefore, the establishment of a Palestinian State must be removed from the international agenda. The humanitarian predicament of Palestinians residing in Israeli-administered areas must be resolved in humanitarian, not political, terms.

The Humanitarian Paradigm must replace the Political Paradigm. This can only be done if the current Palestinian narrative, which fuels the Political Paradigm is delegitimized. The delegitimization of the Palestinian narrative is a vital prerequisite to any comprehensive resolution of the Palestinian issue.

Proposal

A comprehensive humanitarian solution to the Palestinian issue entails three major elements:

    1. The dissolution of UNRWA. This is an essential prerequisite for any comprehensive, durable solution of the Palestinian issue. UNRWA exists solely to assist Palestinian “refugees,” while all other refugees in the world are dealt with by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Only UNRWA offers “refugee” status to all Palestinians and their descendants.
    This results in a constantly increasing number of “Palestinian refugees”; whereas, in other cases, the number of refugees declines over time. In fact, if the UNHCR’s otherwise universal definition were applied to the Palestinian case, the number of refugees would decline from 4-5 million to a few hundred thousand (at most); i.e., by over 90%.

    UNWRA is perpetuating the very problem it should have eliminated.

    2. The dissolution of UNWRA will end the ethnic discrimination of Palestinians as refugees, most of whom have been living in the Arab countries without rights. They must be allowed to become citizens of the countries in which they now reside or in another Arab country of their choice.

    3. Generous relocation and resettlement grants will be offered to Palestinians living in Israeli administered territories on an individual basis, and not via corrupt and terrorist-based official Palestinian organizations. The remaining – and drastically reduced – numbers of Palestinian refugees should be placed under the auspices of UNHCR, in accordance with the accepted practice for all other refugee groups.

This will:

    a) extricate them from their humanitarian plight;
    b) free them from the yoke of generations of misrule by their leadership; and
    c) ensure the survival of Israel as the nation-state of the Jews.

A survey conducted among the Palestinians in Nov. 2004 indicates that only about 15% of the Palestinian population resident in Israeli-administered areas would reject such an offer. By contrast, over 70% would accept some form of material compensation as an inducement to emigrate permanently from the areas currently under Israeli administration.

The economic cost of such a policy of humanitarian relocation and resettlement would be far less expensive than any other proposal. It would also eliminate dependence on terrorist groups.

The proposed initiative is a “win-win” initiative that will:

    * alleviate, and even eliminate, the humanitarian plight of individual Palestinians;

    * ensure the continued security and survival of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people;

    * provide a significant boost to the economies of the developing world; and

    * transform poverty-stricken refugees into affluent emigres. ##

February 14, 2007 | 3 Comments »

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  1. Certainly call for the dissolution of UNRWA but you have to call for the dissolution of the UN in total.

    We are now because of our researches in Yugoslavia seeing the Israel issue in a new light. What has been happening to Israel is that it has become a victim of the Islamofascist Jihad, but this is not recognized by the Governmental elite in Israel, and never has been. That is why Dayan granted the Temple Mount to the astonished Islamists the day after the 1967 War, and why the present regime of Olmert and Livni have exactly the wrong sets of ideas in their brains about the situation they face.

    The great thing that has happened in the past few years is that the real nature of Islam has come the fore, starting with the Salman Rushdie issue, then the Cartoon issue, then our growing understanding of Yugoslavia.

    This knowledge has led us to question schemes such as this, offering money to Palestinian Arabs to leave. That they would do so or be allowed to do so by the other Arab states, who created the PLO in 1964 in order to destroy Israel, just does not add up.

    It is in a way a by-product of the Peace Movement. It will fail and will indeed be used against Israel.

  2. from Jack Golbert

    Very occasionally a comment is sent to us that screams to be published. Below is such a comment from reader, Jack Golbert.

    Moshe Dann is right in this about almost everything. He errs in assuming that the attitude of the world toward Israel is the same as its attitude toward any other nation state. He assumes that the methods and criteria for dealing with refugees all over the world should apply to refugees from what became Israel as well. He assumes that the deligitimation of Israel as a sovereign state is illegitimate and he assumes that the world accepts the legitimacy of Jewish national self-determination.

    Dann is mistaken. Israel is different. The Jews are different. The laws and principles and criteria that apply to every other nation in the world do not apply to Israel or to the Jews. The purpose of the High Commissioner for Refugees is to resettle and rebuild the lives of refugees. The purpose of UNRWA is to keep the hostile exiled Arab population together so that it may destroy Jewish self-determination. Notice how receptive the world is to the idea that the establishment of Israel was a mistake, that Israel is a rogue state, an “apartheid” state, a racist genocidal state that deserves to be dismantled. Notice how hostile the world is to Israeli measures of self-defense, measures more moderate than those employed by any other state in any other terrorist situation in the world. Notice the world’s indifference to the specific, deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians by terrorist groups with the full cooperation of their host states. Note the world’s indifference to Arab terrorists’ use of ambulances, hospitals, civilian human shields and other practices defined by international law as “perfidy” and war crimes.

    Israel is different. What applies to “everyone” does not apply to Israel. There will be no new paradigm accepted as long as Israel exists.

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