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|A Palestinian State west of the Jordan River: Its Dangerous Dynamic
The idea of a Palestinian Arab state in Western Land of Israel - in the "West Bank" beside the state of Israel - has been proposed and promoted, and widely agreed upon throughout the world, as a Palestinian national right and a condition for peace with Israel. However, this idea is a formula for Israel's demise, sooner or later. A State of Palestine is nothing less than the obverse of Israel's survival, that is, it would signify the end of Israel's existence.
Five points are particularly relevant in elucidating this subject, which is a strategic gamble for Israel, but a prescription for triumph and victory for the Palestinians.
1. Anthropological Perspective
At the root of Palestinian people-hood, itself a notoriously elusive concept, is a traditional society sown together as a tribe and set of clans. Its inner social composition remains at the level of the extended family, while its cultural code is dominated by in-group solidarity and collective consciousness. These people look out from within a closed-world set of beliefs and attitudes, fears and goals. The external world is considered a perilous threat, daunting and formidable, against which it is incumbent upon the tribe to fight for its life. The outsider is by definition never trusted, and always a threat. Relying upon the leader - Arafat - as a shaman exercising magical powers, the community will act in irrational ways, certainly savagely when necessary and opportune, to exorcise the evil at the gate. This is, in brief, the mind-set of the Palestinians who struggle against the Jews, considered devils, while being unable to reflect on compromise or accommodation with the enemy entity - Israel. A Palestinian state as a political solution, with details and provisions of great variety, is totally alien to the cultural sensibilities of this tribalized community, consumed with images of blood, bound by brotherhood, traumatized by foreigners, and dedicated to murder and death as keys to honor and salvation.
The essential reason for the founding of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1964 was to articulate the existence of the Palestinian people as the rightful owners of Palestine, in place of the Jewish people's unjust arrogation of that land. Egypt, the leading Arab state, planned to utilize the PLO as a proxy in the Arab war against Israel, the Jewish-Zionist state. Without integral national history, the Palestinians were to be shaped into collective identity through the political manipulation and orchestration of Gamal Abdul Nasir, the president of Egypt. From the beginning it was clear that the PLO Covenant, allegedly written by Ahmed Shukeiry, set out the Arab dogma of politicide against Israel's existence. Arab states rallied to the Palestinian flag because, in essence, the Palestinian flag is waving in the wind of the Arab banner signal for warfare. Therefore, the Arab world is not willing to abandon the PLO: they are blood brother partners in the interminable campaign against Zionism and the Jewish state. Even if the PLO would seem to accept Israel, its Arab and Muslim patrons would not allow it to leave the field of struggle. Thus, the PLO's existence is an Arab/Muslim imperative which will not dissolve so long as Israel perseveres in its powerful national struggle.
3. Political Perspective
In 1974, the PLO adopted the "stages strategy" until final victory over Israel. This policy choice did not deviate from the long-term goal, but rather adopted a new method for achieving it. From this arose in the 1980s the slogan of "two states" as a solution for the conflict. However, a small state of Palestine would indicate, not rapprochement with Israel, but rather a forward base of operations for pursuing the final elimination of Israel. Central to the notion of a West Bank-Gaza Strip Palestinian state is, in addition, its irredentist dynamic surge toward the Arab citizens within the pre-1967 borders of Israel. These Arabs consider themselves Palestinians, and a Palestinian state contiguous to Israel would catalyze their nationalist aspirations - and certainly the territorial ambitions of the PLO state - to be united within one single state of Palestine. Thereby, the small WB-GS state would serve as a political bridge into Israeli territory, leading to intensified Arab agitation and insurrection among the Arabs of Israel. Inasmuch as the historical record of the Oslo Agreements demonstrates PLO infidelity to the sanctity of promises and accords, there is no likelihood that it would abide solemnly by the limitations imposed on a future small state of Palestine. Like the Vietcong and North Vietnamese in signing the Paris Accords of 1973, so the Palestinians and the state of Palestine would continue their struggle to liberating their Saigon: Tel-Aviv. The grand strategy in the Palestinian modus operandi is to pursue the war without let-up, while yet signing agreements whose purpose is to lull the enemy, drain his hopes, and weaken his defenses. A "two state" solution is designed to culminate in the "one state" solution of Palestine.
4. Military Perspective
The PLO record is one of violent insurgency in and against the countries in which it organized and aspired to dominate. In Jordan, Palestinian terrorist movements challenged the authority of the Hashemite regime, leading King Hussein to forcefully repress the Palestinians in the so-called "Black September" confrontational war in 1970. The regime survived the challenge and PLO elements were compelled to flee Jordan. In Lebanon, PLO factions assumed an armed presence which, though recognized as such in 1969, conducted an incremental policy to seize areas within the country. Palestinian violence triggered the eruption of the Lebanon War in 1975, putting the Christians and often the Shiites to the knife. In Israel, with the signing of the 1993 Oslo Agreement, the PLO established its multiple military/police/security units, that adopted an aggressive policy against Jews and Israel as a whole. Armed within different states, therefore, the Palestinians seek to overthrow the governments or impose their domination over the host-countries. In Kuwait, a quarter of a million Palestinians identified with the Iraqi invader in 1990. Jordan expelled Palestinians, Lebanon aspires to have them settled elsewhere, Israel requires their removal, and Kuwait actually expelled them in 1991. Therefore, a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza would be a militaristic and violent entity in the tradition of lethal Palestinian/PLO 'armed struggle'. This cruel and savage warring culture will smolder and erupt until finally extinguished.
5. Historical Perspective
A Palestinian state would mark Muslim recovery of its historic poise and power in world affairs. Jerusalem, as a capital city of Palestine, would likewise reverberate with the glory of Caliph Umar ibn Al-Khattib from 636 and Saladin from 1187. The Muslim world awaits the liberation of Al-Quds as the center of a militant and universal Islamic revival against the Jews and Christians together. Arafat, the inveterate liar and master of deception, uses the rhetoric of compassion and inclusion to talk about the mission of Islam on behalf of coexistence with Jews and Christians. But the ignoble record of (non-Muslim) dhimmi subjugation in Muslim lands is precedent and inspiration for the servitude of Jews and Christians in our time under the brutal foot of Muslim power, as in Egypt, Iraq, and Sudan. Indeed, the front-line of Western Civilization is now drawn in the Middle East; and the fate of Israel is the political test in contending with the Muslim resurgence and global ambitions. Were Israel to fall, God forbid, then the gates of France would collapse and the doors to America would be jarred open. For Israel is the ultimate moral issue of our times. And while much of Europe has betrayed the Jewish people, America has demonstrated a certain degree of faith in Israel's righteous 'return to history' and right to freedom and dignity as a sovereign people in its homeland. At the same time, the Arab demand for a Palestinian state, that draws upon President Bush's Road-Map Plan, is a stroke of evil guile to destroy Israel with Western collusion.
The good among all peoples must prevent this stratagem from ever reaching its abhorrent goal.