Ask an Indian about making a “land for peace” dealby Hugh Holub on May. 22, 2011, under politics
President Obama is pushing hard on Israel to make a deal with the Palestinians for peace by going back to the pre-1967 borders of Israel.
Ask an Indian about making a “land for peace” deal.
Let’s go back in time.
Why Israel? Remember the Holocaust? Folks decided the Jewish people needed a homeland.
Israel was created by the partion of Palestine and the first thing that happened was the Arabs attacked the new country. It survived.
The Arabas attached again in 1967…and that’s how the West Bank and Gaza ended up under Israeli control.
It is the goal of Iran, Hamas, and others to destroy Israel.
So the idea of giving back the West Bank and Gaza for “peace” assumes Hamas and other will quite trying to destroy Israel. They will not. There will be no peace even if Israel gives back the West Bank.
Let’s go back farther in time. How about a peace deal with Mexico if the United States goes back to its pre-1848 boundaries? Do you think that is aburd? Then you understand how Israel feels.
How about looking at this from the Indians’ side….how many treaties did we enter into with various tribes giving them land only to wipe them out because gold was discovered on Indian land.
Is it fair to the displaced Palestinians that the world decided Israel would exist? Probably not and that was a mistake in not taking care of those who lost their land.
But the idea we’re going to have pace in the Middle East if Israel gives back the West Bank is a fantasy as long as there are groups and countries committed to the destruction of Israel. It just gives the Hamas guys firing rockets into Israel a shorter range to shoot from.