Israel needs reconciliation with the Palestinians or will lose the battle for its existence

Posted in Israel / Palestine | 17-Mar-10 | Author: Hubertus Hoffmann

World Security Network Foundation founder Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann on mount Nebo in the Holy Land, one of the Christian Holy Places, where prophet Moses according to Jewish and Christian tradition was burried by God Himself: "In reality, Israel has no strategy but a pragmatic show of strength. It is about to lose the battle for its existence in the long-term. Israel is only focused on the hard factors of peace-making, like killing enemies and containment. It lacks the more important soft factor of peace-making: a reconciliation process with the Palestine people, a new détente with the Arab world. Israel should carefully plan and implement a new reconciliation policy with the Palestinians as an equally important pillar of its security."

Israel is at a crossroads.

Do they lose one friend after another - including the U.S. and many European countries - or start a new way of thinking, a new double strategy of power and reconciliation.

Israel is in danger.

It has existed only for 60 years; the Crusaders lasted 200 years even while their Kingdom of Jerusalem gradually reduced from 1099 to 1291, with Jerusalem already lost in 1187 to Saladin.

The Israeli government is leading the people deeper and deeper along a dead end road of confrontation, promoting more and more hate on the side of the frustrated Palestinians.

The same happened with the Crusaders in the 12th century: after many years of peaceful co-existence came radical and confrontational leaders like Guy of Lusignam and Raynold of Chatillon - along with death and destruction.

The Crusaders never understood the art of peace-making.

For too long Israel has been held hostage by both the nationalist wings in its politics, for example the Shas party, an ally of Prime Minister Netanyahu, and its traditional bunker mentality.

In reality, Israel has no strategy but a pragmatic show of strength.

It is about to lose the battle for its existence in the long-term.

Israel is only focused on the hard factors of peace-making, like killing enemies and containment.

It lacks the more important soft factor of peace-making: a reconciliation process with the Palestine people, a new détente with the Arab world. This would not be weakness, but cleverness and necessity. Or as Eric Hoffer once said: "A war is only won after you have turned your enemy into a friend."

Israel should carefully plan and implement a new reconciliation policy with the Palestinians as an equally important pillar of its security.

New settlements in occupied territories are not in the security interests of Israel as they produce not peace but more hate.

When in February 2010 the Israeli government included the grave of Abraham - Ibrahim to Arabs - in the Palestinian city of Hebron on the list of "Israeli national heritage sites" this was not only a clear violation of international law but also suicidally against Israeli national interests as it poisoned the weak tree of peace in the Holy Land.

Abraham is the forefather of both Jews and Arabs and should never be exclusively claimed for only one religion and one state. For 3,800 years he has stood above the state and Israel must respect this.

In Hebron the peace process is being hijacked by merely 600 Israeli settlers living in an enclave of 170,000 Palestinians, where violence has been inflicted by both sides for decades. This holy city should be a center of reconciliation and not hate.

Israel and the world have to stop the radicals on both sides, and give peace a chance - now!

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