Thursday, November 22, 2012

Israel Hamas Cease Fire Agreement

Socialist President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have brokered a cease fire between Israel and Hamas, the Terrorist organization in control of the Gaza Strip, supposedly guaranteed by Egypt, run by the Muslim Brotherhood, another Terrorist organization.   This will stop the killing for a while; but solves nothing.   In fact, since as part of the deal the border between Egypt and Gaza will now be open, it will mean even more weapons shipped from Iran to Gaza, through Egypt.   This just give Hamas more time to stock up on rockets that they will once again fire at Israeli cities.  

There have actually been more than a dozen cease fires since 1993 dealing with the Palestinian territories and Hezbollah in Lebanon and none of them have worked because most Arab countries, Iran and these Terrorist Groups refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist.   Officially, all of these entities support the destruction of Israel no matter how long it takes.  There will never be peace in the Middle East until Israel's right to exist is accepted and relations between these countries can be normalized.   This is the reason successive US Presidents have failed to end the fighting between the Palestinians and Israel.  

The reality is, pending any other settlement, the Gaza Strip should be turned over to Egypt and the West Bank should be turned over to Jordon.  They then can decide how they want to deal with their Arab brothers.  Jerusalem, the city of David is the historic capital of Israel and should so remain.   Perhaps the religious sites can be governed by some joint organization that would include Muslims, Jews and Christians to guarantee access to various religious groups.  

The notion of the Palestinian right of return to Israel is problematic at best.   The question is, return to what.   The land in Israel is privately owned by Jews, Christians and Muslims, who are Israeli citizens.   Most Palestinians were not born in Israel, so what are we really talking about.  The Jews that moved to Israel, in the last 100 years, bought the land they own from Arabs and others.  This issue is really overblown by corrupt Palestian leaders to fire up their people and create hatred of Israeli's.   It has to stop.

In any case, the recent Cease Fire between Israel and Hamas is a sham.  It may last a few weeks, a few months, or a few years; but it will not be the end of this story.   Unless and until Israel's right to exist is recognized by all countries in the world, there will never be peace in the Middle East. 

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