First published in DelawareLiberal on 7/29/2014 by ProgressivePopulist
Ok, here’s a framework proposal for Israel/Palestine that at least
to me makes sense, though crude and not fleshed out with detail. Let the
experts do that.
First, the major premises:
. Israel will never agree to disarm unilaterally
. Thus, two co-equal states can’t fly
. Neither party will make peace voluntarily due to their dysfunction and pathology
. Most of their respective previous demands must be met
. The international community made this mess, it has to fix it
. World peace and security is jeopardized with the current state of conflict
So, here goes:
. An international intervention, first offered voluntarily and if
denied, forced on the two parties…probably with the UN as a peacekeeping
force but with major trusted groups from both sides providing the
reorganization: ie: the Arab League, UN and maybe NATO.
. Create a single, unitary Israeli/Palestinian State.
The New national government has co-equal Jewish/Arab legislative,
judicial and executive representation. The President and Prime Minister
alternative between Israeli and Palestinian (Arab and Jew) each election
cycle; equal seats in Knesset and courts, irrespective of ultimate
ethnic mix irrespective of population growths in each category.
The right of Palestinian return honored, using international funding
and housing starting with relocation of refugees and settlers and reuse
of settlements for the Palestinian refugees.
. Temporarily demilitarize Israel and disarm Palestinians.
The single state is given a new constitution protecting all the
citizenship and religious rights of both Palestinians, Israelis, Jews
and Muslims, likely within ’67 borders.
. Restore a national
single state military after stabilization and withdrawl of occupying
peacekeepers for future defense against outside attack or internal
. Similar co-equal governance of Jerusalem, but to include Christian representation.
. Equal protection of all religious/ethnic groups.
. Those on either side unwilling to abide by such a construct are offered immunity and relocation elsewhere in the world.
. The international community provides military and economic security until the country and economy is restarted.