WARNING : This site is not for you if you cannot see the otherness of other and sufferings of both sides of the party in the conflict. Security for Israel and Justice for the Palestinians are interdependent, one will not happen without the other. My view focuses on building cohesive societies where no one has to live in apprehension or fear of the other. I hope and pray a sense of justice to prevail. Amen. Website www.IsraelPalestineDialogue.com | Also Check Israel Palestine Confederation a pragmatic solution

Monday, June 4, 2018

Israel Palestine Conflict - a refreshed summary

Please review the following summary and share your differences and support for a possible solution in the comment section. If we want sustainable solutions, we have to include the views of all people affected by the decisions. No matter how powerful we are, we cannot impose our solutions on others. Indeed, we are more responsible for the continuance of the conflict than Israelis and the Palestinians.

We recklessly meddled in handling this conflict, and shame on all the three peoples (American, Palestinian and Israelis) to keep passing the buck to the next generation. Shame on us for giving apprehension, insecurities, and injustice to the new generation. What will they think of us? Gutless, useless people that who kept blaming each other rather than finding solutions?  Maybe they should sue us all for screwing up their lives, maybe it will be a paradigm to hold the politician-criminals for not forging and nurturing harmony. We need a drastic change in our policies. A few links are included at the bottom to ponder.

A summary of the issues;

Israel Palestine conflict is not going on for thousands of years, it is new, and began with the Balfour declaration in 1917. For the Jewish immigrants, mainly the survivors of the Holocaust, it was a battle for survival, and for the Palestinians, it was a battle to live in their own homes against forcible evictions.
The leadership of the western nations had the arrogance to believe that their solutions were the best and imposed it on others. They were rooted in disrespect for the culture of other people. Even though they talked about equal rights, deep down they believed they are more privileged than the others.
The Colonist left a mess while departing from their colonies. They did that with India and Pakistan, and they have done it in the Middle East. We cannot blame them after 70 years; we have to blame the current regimes that are aggravating the conflicts and passing the misery on to the next generation.
I support Israel and a homeland for Jews; who have been deprived of the sense of security throughout their history. The Jewish people, in general, want nothing but safety, but their political leadership is doing everything to keep them from having it. It is wrong for the administration of Israel to do unto Palestinians, what was done to them.
Security to Israelis and justice to the Palestinians are interdependent, and one will not happen without the other.
Jews have a need to be understood and be acknowledged for their eternal security needs, not the military, but mental security where they can put their guards down and live their lives in peace, and without apprehension or fear of the others. 
Palestinians have a need to be understood. They have suffered immeasurably, no human should be stripped of his or her hope and dignity; hope to have a family, work and own a house and call a place their homeland. We (Americans and Israelis) have stripped them of their basic human rights.  
As Americans, we need to be above reproach and seek justice for one and all. We need a Martin Luther King kind of individual to free us from the suppressed guilt we would be carrying in our hearts and minds towards both the people.
The policies of the current Israeli leadership will continue to be a source of insecurities for Israelis in the long haul unless Israel is willing to cleanse the land with the Palestinians, which they have attempted repeatedly but subtly. What they did in Gaza is shameful and the greater shame is our (US) silence. 
This week the UN passed the resolutions to void the Jerusalem as Capital of Israel. 128 nations including our allies and only seven countries reluctantly voted against it, since they live off our aid. Over the last 70 years, 95% of the community of nations vote one way, and about 4% of countries vote the other way, and usually, our representative in the United Nations vetoes that vote. It is like slapping in the face of 190 some nations and letting them know that their vote is worthless. It results in resentment towards America, and Israel for getting away with injustice.  That resentment is wrongfully called Anti-Semitism. We must condemn real Anti-Semitism with all our hearts, minds and might, but not the resentment.

Israel is isolated in the community of nations and national put up with it because of her ally United States, she cannot stand on her own until there is regime change.  Israeli can win the world if they obey the international laws, not build the settlement and remove that tear down that damned wall. On the other hand, Palestinians can win in the community of nations if they can stop sending their useless rockets into Israel. They have suffered, some more suffering from non-violence will make it easy for them their freedom and justice. It is sad both sides are raising abnormal humans, who are bloodthirsty and revengeful. 

What can we do?

The most important thing to do is to welcome a bold conversation and listen to each other's point of view without interruptions. If we can gather up the courage to listen to the crap from both sides, and when they exhaust it all, human side of their issues will come to the fore which we can handle.

Peace should not be dictated to the weak, it should be earned by treating them as equals. It is in the interests of Israel to seek long-term security.  We need to quit blaming the Palestinians for their rockets, and understand that they live in open prisons, they cannot go to a hospital, the children harassed, their homes are forcibly taken and bulldozed, their land is taken, and settlements are built in violation of all civility. If the United States gave the Palestinians 3 Billion dollars worth of bombers and tanks a year,  they would not be throwing rocks at the Israeli soldiers or sending useless rockets into Israeli civilian townships. 
What can they do, the world did not do anything for them for 70 years but blame. The only thing they can do is throw rocks at the oppressors or commit suicide as the proud Jewish people did at Masada. As Americans we need to respect human dignity, whether Palestinians “behave” or not, we have the responsibility to do the right thing. Injustice to one will create ripples and affect all of us one way or the other.
Secondly, we need to demand that parties sit down and come out with a solution, we have that right, and we should tie our $3 billion a year donation to Israel to bring peace. If you cannot make peace, you don’t get our support. I hope we value righteousness over politics. The dominant party is always in the position to negotiate peace provided they don’t look down upon the weak. Both the American and Israeli leaders need to shelve the arrogance of superiority over the Palestinians, if we can treat, feel and act as equals, all of us will have peace and security. That is the bottom line.
Finally, we need to hold a conference, and I will be happy to organize one to find solutions. We are competent people, and we can do it. I am a part of Israeli Palestinian Federation and have written extensively on the topic at http://www.IsraelPalestineDialogue.com
I suggest that we ask Netanyahu and Abbas to visit at least a dozen children a week of the other populations, look them in their eyes and promise them, that they can hope for a better future and assure them that they are not their villains.
We need to take a firm stand on one state or two state solutions, if it is one state, we the people who stand for human rights, need to encourage it to be an authentic democracy and not  give more privileges to one group over the other, that is not democracy and will not survive in the long haul anyway. 
Mighty empires can crush the weak for a short term; in the long run, everyone goes down the tube. We cannot rob anyone and live with a good conscience.
Finally, what will we answer our Grandchildren for passing the problem to them? I am sure they will ask if we did not dare to do so.

Religious Scriptures are a part of the problem

Part of the issue of the Israel Palestine conflict is based on misinterpreted sacred scriptures, and the other parts of the equation are security and justice.
All of us have reduced God’s wisdom to be bigoted, discriminative, and partial. Is this our God? Jesus is not going to hurry up and come down on the earth until the Israeli politicians kill all the Jews and Muslims. The Son of God is not in the business of terrorizing people. What kind of promise is that where God rewards massacring of the people? What kind of God is that who rejects others and accepts only one religion? These are serious flaws in our understanding of religions for thousands of years; it is time to correct these errors in our understanding of the Just God.
Is this God happy that we have killed 58 people in Gaza in the latest bout of ethnic cleansing, wounded hundreds, and continue to shoot the unarmed? Is this what Jesus wants to come down on the earth again, on the blood of the Palestinians? 
Take a look at the following misinterpretations of the verses, and let me know if God could have said something like that. May I suggest you to say what is right, rather than pleasing a ‘few’ Pastors, Imams, Rabbis, Pundits or religious men.
A few Jews believe that they are the chosen people. A few Christians believe Jesus’ arrival will wipe out everyone but Christianity. A few Muslims think Islam is the only religion acceptable to God. A few Hindus, Sikhs and others have similar arrogant attitudes that they are the best, scientific or the oldest and wisest. Indeed, none of the religions are wrong; the flaw is in our understanding.
God is not a little guy; God is the creator. Should we reduce his words of wisdom to the narrow, exclusive claims as in above?
Knock off Religion from Israel Palestine Conflict
As we start applying common sense to understand the deeper meaning of these verses, maybe we can knock off the religious aspect from the conflict and focus on the land aspect, which may be more comfortable. No one is more privileged than others, and no one is more than equal.
Religions are always used and abused to suit one’s greed. Indeed, all of us have reduced God’s wisdom to be bigoted, discriminative, and partial. Is this really our God?
As we chose representatives to govern us on our terms, we need to appoint a reformatted God that cares for every human and guide us.
Thanks to America, more and more religions are moving towards their central values, which are a common denominator of beneficence, and thanks to each group for chiseling out the fluff. America will eventually have its own version of Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Shinto, Paganism, Zoroastrianism, Tao, Dao, Wicca, and others. Judaism and Christianity have already established reformed versions, others are working on it. I clearly see that.
The author is President of the Center for Pluralism in Washington, DC. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.

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