An almost ever-present segment in newspapers, twenty-four hour news channels, and news magazines is the crisis in the Middle East. Regularly we hear of a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem, new rounds of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, and calls from nations for Israel’s destruction. At the heart of all the hated, discussion, and confusion is one simple matter: Israel’s right to exist as legitimate sovereign nation. Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor to the Jerusalem Post and former member of Israel’s negotiations team with the Palestinians has weighed in on this matter in her new book, “The Israeli Solution; A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East”. It is here that she takes an “in the trenches” look at the often-touted two-state solution for Middle Eastern peace. She presents the fallacy of this plan and the shallow-thinking behind it when she writes, “Establishing a Palestinian state, so the thinking goes, would be a panacea for all the region’s ills. It would end the Arab world’s conflict with Israel, because the reason the Arab world is anti-Israel is that there is no Palestinian state. It would also nearly erase the Arab world’s anti-Americanism, because the reason the Arabs – and the larger Muslim world – are anti-American is that the United States supports Israel even though there is no Palestinian state. Based on this thought chain, most American policy makers across the ideological spectrum share the view that the establishment of a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River would remove the principal cause of the violent extremism that afflicts the Arab and the larger Islamic world.”
In the first part of her book, “The Middle-East’s Beloved Chimera”, Glick gives attention to a favored two-state plan by leaders of the western world and how that vision is only a pipe dream. We also see in this section the surprising and disappointing stance of the United States in favor of a two-state plan for the Middle East and the increasing hostility of the United States toward Israel. Case in point, President George W. Bush, “It is untenable for Israeli citizens to live in terror. It is untenable for Palestinians to live in squalor and occupation.” Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said there “could be ‘no greater legacy for America’ than to establish a Palestinian state. The U.S. goal was to lead ‘serious negotiations’ that would establish a Palestinian state ‘as soon as possible.’” Finally, President Barrack Obama, “A lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples: Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people, each state enjoying self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.” Glick also gives an entire chapter to President Bill Clinton’s failed attempts to secure a two-state plan, highlighting his uneasy closeness with PLO leader Yassir Arafat.
In part two, “The Israeli One-State Plan”, Glick discusses what a one-state plan would look like. She writes, “In essence, then, the main thing that the Israeli one-state plan – that is, the application of Israeli law over Judea and Samaria – requires of both Israel and its closest ally is that they embrace reality, with all its opportunities and threats, and stop chasing fantasies of perfect solutions. The mechanics of the policy are fairly straightforward. Israel will apply its laws to Judea and Samaria and govern the areas as normal parts of Israel. The military government will be dissolved, as it was in the Golan Heights in 1981, when Israel applied Israeli law to that area.” In this section, she defends her plan by refuting the claims that the demographic changes will result in an Arab majority in relation to the Jews. Glick calls attention to the historical claims of Israel’s legitimacy and how international law and principles of self-defense allow only for a one-state plan in the Middle East. In the third section, “Probable Fallout”, Glick shares what would be the likely repercussions of from the point of view of Palestinians, Europe, the United States, and other Arab nations in the region if Israel actually put forward this one-state plan. Although there will be some fallout, the plan would see the welfare of the region increase.
Glick has written a powerful and passionate book. “The Israeli Solution” is meticulously researched and developed. Her background allows her to write with authority, clarity, and passion. This is a book that national leaders need to pick up, read, and give serious consideration to. Glick concludes with these words, “The Israeli one-state plan provides an equitable, democratic means of resolving the conflict, and by safeguarding Israel’s national and legal rights, it secures Israel’s strategic posture. It neutralizes the Palestinians’ capacity to destabilize Israel domestically and delegitimize it internationally, and it strengthens Israel militarily, both from foreign invasion and from terror assaults.”
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