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A Breath Of Hope: The Israeli Initiative

Posted by Atilla89 on February 6, 2008

Before I explain what this Israeli Initiative is and what the hell I am talking about, let me direct you to this video. It is a trailer for a non-existent Hollywood film produced by the Israeli Initiative called The Last Fanatic. I am sure you will be able to figure out the message behind it.

As you can see, the message behind it is that the Palestinians do not have to use the way of terror to achieve their goals, there are other ways. The lie of the resistance or the Intifada leads only down the path to destruction and death and not to statehood. The video itself has received media coverage from Israeli Channel 2 News, SKY News, The International Herald Tribune, The Jerusalem Post and on the Metacafe website. As well as this, more than 50,000 people have already viewed The Last Fanatic on YouTube.

Now, onto this ‘new’ concept of the Israeli Initiative (you can check out its site here), the leader of this concept is MK Binyamin Elon.

Elon has just been recently by FrontPage (I love this site) and you can view the article in its entirety here, however I will just be displaying the key parts of it and my reaction to it.

The Israeli Initiative proposes a viable alternative to the Oslo/Camp David/Annapolis accords. The Initiative consists of three main principles: Rehabilitation of the refugees and dismantling of the camps, strategic cooperation with Jordan and Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. Under these principles, UNRWA will be dismantled and Israel, the US, and the international community will recognize Jordan as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians, and Jordan will again grant citizenship status to the residents of Judea and Samaria.

I think that this is a brilliant idea. The Palestinians living in the West Bank under Jordanian rule had no problem with this (even though they were under occupation). This problem of Israeli ‘occupation’ will be finished as an obstacle to peace. I also want to point to another issue that many people don’t know about Jordan. People believe that Israel is the only country in the world with a law similar to the one called ‘Right of Return’, a law based on positive discrimination which allows for easier immigration by Jews (must be proven) around the world (called Aliya). Jordan has a similar if not same law which decries that Palestinians are allowed to immigrate to Jordan and obtain citizenship if they can prove that they are Palestinian. That law should have ended the Palestinian Refugee problem on the stop, I don’t know why it hasn’t.

FP: Ok, let’s get a bit specific. How would rehabilitation of the refugees and dismantling of the camps work exactly?

Elon: To begin with, Israel, the US and the international community will create a multi-year program to ensure the rehabilitation of the Palestinian refugees, while absorbing them as citizens in various countries. As part of the rehabilitation process, UNRWA, an organization which for tens of years has only perpetuated the status of the refugees, will be dismantled, as will the refugee camps. All residents of the refugee camps will be offered a permanent place of residence outside of Israel, with full citizenship rights and a generous rehabilitation grant.

This is similar to the deal offered by Ehud Barak which Arafat rejected without even considering putting on a counter offer.

Independent surveys carried out among the Palestinians clearly indicate that Palestinians are becoming increasingly convinced that living under Palestinian Authority control will not solve their problems. There are growing signs that the Palestinian population would be open to a true humanitarian solution that would enable them to rebuild their lives in other countries. For instance, a survey carried out by An-Najah University in Nablus in 2007 showed that 31.7% of Palestinians are considering rebuilding their lives in another country, while a survey carried out in 2004 by Ma’agar Mochot – a leading Israeli polling agency – in cooperation with The Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, showed that 50% of Palestinian society did not rule out moving to another country providing that they had the means and the ability to relocate.

This is important because it shows just the conflict is not all about land. People are willing to compromise in return for peace and better living conditions.

FP: Just a second, the residents of the refugee camps will be offered a permanent place of residence outside of Israel. But in what countries? Where will the Palestinians go exactly?

Elon: According to the Israeli Initiative, the residents of the refugee camps will be absorbed in other countries, preferably the surrounding Arab countries.

Possibly Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will go to Egypt or alternatively, Egypt could annex the Gaza Strip, future debate will be needed with that. As for those Palestinians living in the West Bank, Jordan seems like the most logical option, don’t forget that rule and the amount of Palestinians that already live there.

The Arab countries will be encouraged by the international community to absorb and offer the Palestinian refugees full citizenship, and will also help fund the rehabilitation grants that will be given to the refugees, in order for them to move to other countries not as poor refugees, but as people with considerable means, say $100,000 per family. These funds will give a well-needed boost to the economy of the absorbing Arab countries in the region, and will supply these countries with international backing.

So that takes care of the argument that Arab countries are not wealthy enough to absorb that amount of refugees since it will boost .

FP: What will be involved in terms of strategic cooperation with Jordan and Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria?

Elon: Israel, the US and the international community will invest in the long-term development of Jordan in order to restore and strengthen its economy. Israel and Jordan, together with Egypt, Turkey and the US, will create a strategic organization to halt the Islamic axis based in Teheran and to promote overall peace between Israel and Arab countries.

In coordination with Jordan, Israel will extend its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Arab residents of these areas will become citizens of Jordan (Palestine). Their status, their relationship to the two countries, and the nature of the administration in the populated areas will be formulated and set forth in an agreement between the governments of Israel and Jordan.

Israeli control of Judea and Samaria is necessary to ensure stability in the region. The IDF presence in Judea and Samaria is what has succeeded in almost completely eliminating suicide bombs within recent years and prevent it from being turned into “Hamasland”. This was not done, and cannot be done, by Abu Mazen’s weak forces.

FP: So Jordan will become the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians and the international community will recognize it as such? Please explain.

Elon: Israel, the US and the international community will recognize the Kingdom of Jordan as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians, and once again, Jordan will grant citizenship to the residents of Judea and Samaria. [edit: The Palestinians] The Palestinian Authority will no longer be recognized as a representative body within Judea, Samaria and Gaza and all the weapons will be collected from armed organizations.

The Arab population that will continue to reside inside the new borders of the State of Israel will enjoy full human rights awarded by the State of Israel, but they will possess Jordanian-Palestinian citizenship, and their political rights will be realized in Amman.

This is an important point, it means that they will be voting for leaders in Jordan and not in Israel. This eliminates the possibility of Arabs taking over Israel through democracy.

The Arab settlements will have limited autonomy with day-to-day administrating being under Israel’s authority in a form which will be determined between Israel and Jordan.

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