Peace at Last: Palestine in 2013

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It was in the year 2013. The Israelis at long last gave up their attempts to resist the pressures of the world. Their newly elected national unity government approved the plan.  The Palestinians, led by a coalition of the PLO and the Hamas, had already earlier announced the creation of a Palestinian state.  Israel’s Left had been holding weekly protests in support of Palestinian statehood.  When the UN had officially and unanimously called for such a state, even the United States of Barack Obama voted in favor.The national unity government of Israel announced that Israel was willing to accept the unanimous UN proposal for peace, supported by every single country in the world.  Israel would return to its pre-1967 borders, remove all Jewish settlements from the territories of the new state of Palestine, recognize Palestine, and grant Palestine all of East Jerusalem, that is, all of the city located east of a line running north-south through Zion Square, renamed Martyrs’ Square.

The world had not seen celebrations like this, celebrations that greeted the Israeli decision and the creation of Palestine, since the fall of the Berlin Wall or the transfer of power in South Africa to the black majority. All-night celebrations were held in every city of the planet, but none so enthusiastic as the party held in Tel Aviv in Rabin Square. Speaker after speaker appeared under a banner “Liberation at Last” and praised the decision to agree to the terms of the accord as the ultimate completion of the work and dreams of Yitzhak Rabin.

The settlers were marched out of the lands of Palestine at bayonet point, with crowds of jeering Israeli leftists pelting them with garbage as they moved into their temporary transit camps inside Green-Line Israel. Liberal Jews in the United States organized a march in Washington to celebrate.  “Peace at Last” was the number one pop single everywhere.

The State Department sent out a message urging Israel and Palestine to conduct good-faith negotiations and round-the-clock talks on all outstanding issues of disagreement still separating the two sovereign states. At long last, there were two states for two peoples. Land had been exchanged for peace. Peace had at long last broken out in the world´s most troubled region.

The morning after the Palestine Independence Celebrations, the message arrived in the Israeli parliament, brought in by special messenger. The newly formed government of Palestine had only a small number of issues it would like to discuss with Israel. It proposed that peaceful relations be officially consummated, as soon as Israel turned over the Galilee and the Negev to Palestine.

Israeli cabinet ministers were nonplussed. We thought we had already settled all outstanding territorial issues by giving the Palestinians everything, they protested. The spokesman for the Palestine War Ministry explained: the Galilee was obviously part of the Arab homeland. It was filled with many Arabs and in many areas had an Arab population majority. Israel was holding 100% of the Galilee territory, while Palestine held none at all, and surely that was unfair.  As for the Negev, it too has large areas with Arab or Bedouin majorities, but is in fact also needed by the Palestinians so that Palestine can settle the many Palestinian refugees from around the world in lands and new homes.

Israel´s government preferred not to give offense and sour the new relations, and so offered to take the proposal under consideration. Within weeks, endorsements of the Palestinian proposal for stripping Israel of the Galilee and the Negev were coming from a variety of sources. The Arab League endorsed it.  The EU approved a French proposal that the Galilee and Negev be transferred to Palestine in stages over 3 years.  Within Israel, many voices were heard in favor of the proposal.  Large rallies were held on the university campuses, organized by leftist faculty members. Sociologists from around the world produced studies showing that these Arabs were victims of horrible discrimination and that Israel as a state is characterized by institutional racism.  Israeli poets and novelists wrote passionate appeals for support of the Galilee and Negev ‘Others.’

When Israel´s cabinet rejected the proposal, the pressures mounted. A Galilee and Negev Liberation Organization (GNLO) was founded and immediately granted recognition by the UN General Assembly.  It established representative consulate facilities in 143 countries.

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  • brad gorman

    Astounding prophetical genius, just like Altneuland. Even the Japanese couldn't satirize it in a comic book. Losers.

  • northwoods

    And Rabbi Yosef states that Jews are the "master race" and that it's OK for Jews to murder non-Jews and even their babies pre-emptively per the teachings of "Torat Hamelch". The government forces all non- Jews to be marked and wear red clothing. Israel sets up concentration camps and puts Rabbi Dov Lior in charge. The Kach Party becomes the largest and they begin annihilating Palestinians with the Rabbis support. Arab members of the Knesset are arrested and sent to Rabbi Lior's concentration camps never to be seen again. The government makes Baruch Goldstein's massacre day a national holiday and builds a monument for him in Jerusalem. Israeli doctors begin doing experiments on prisoners in the concentration camps and have a lucrative market selling body parts. It goes full circle.

    • Joyously

      northwoods is a neonazi. The rabbis he mentioned said nothing resembling what he attributes to them. Baruch Goldstein's massacre day is NOT anyone's holiday and not commemorated by any Jews. Kach is not a party at all and does not run in elections. All the rest of Northwood's assertions are pathetic nazi lies. Northwoods must hate dem joos because his pecker is so tiny.

      • kayse

        Yes, because everything stated in this article is the truth right? The world will reduce the jews to nothing again. Ain't that where the article is going?

      • northwoods

        No, you lie. Former Chief Rabbi Yosef, leader of the Shaa Party in the government claims that non-Jews were created, like donkeys, to serve the Jews. The government was silent on his comments. Could you imagine the uproar in the US if John Boehner claimed that non-Christians were created, like donkeys, to serve the the Christians. Read about "Torat Hamelech" which was written by two Rabbis and supported by many more. Just google it. Also Google "Comments Rabbi Dov Lior. And their is a monument for Baruuch Goldstein and he has many supporters. I am not a neo-Nazi but I am concerned with the religious fanatics that have taken over the Israeli government. I hate religious fanatics of all stripes and now Israels religious fanatics more than match the ayatollahs. Google "Israel settlers" and see how they treat non-Jews or "price tag" attacks. Unless Israel can rein in its fanatics it is going to be delegimized worldwide

    • ajnn

      Northwoods describes his own lunatic fantasies.

      There is no jewish person claiming 'master race' not in Israel, not anywhere. Killing babies ? This is not a part of any Israeli or jewish program but it is a regular activity of the Arabs.

      Thios seems to be equal parts 'projecting' his own feelings about Israel and jews on the one hand and lunacy on the other.

      What a sicko !!!

    • ziontruth

      Hi, there, Northwoods. What made you and DeShawn leave your shared room? (Assuming you're not the same person.)

    • MixMChess

      This is standard copy and paste from the neo-Nazi northwoods. I would copy and paste my standard response but I'm tired of giving him even that much.

    • GuyMacher

      Rabbi Yosef is speaking for himself, not expressing Jewish doctrine. Muslims who claim racial superiority are merely restating the words of Allah. That's the difference.

  • Joyously

    northwoods is a neonazi. The rabbis he mentioned said nothing resembling what he attributes to them. Baruch Goldstein's massacre day is NOT anyone's holiday and not commemorated by any Jews. Kach is not a party at all and does not run in elections. All the rest of Northwood's assertions are pathetic nazi lies. Northwoods must hate dem joos because his pecker is so tiny.

  • Marcelo

    This is a vision animated by fear. Peace requires courage.

    • Elliott

      COURAGE?? From the arabs occupying the Land of Israel? The word isn't in their lexicon. Come to think of it, neither is the word "Palestine". In arabic there's NO letter "P". So there can't be a Palestine – and, thankfully, there isn't.
      Remember: NOTHING was done by the Jordanians or the Egyptians, between 1948 and 1967 for one single arab in the so-called "West Bank" or so-called "Gaza Strip".

      If the arabs laid down their weapons, there would be no more fighting; if Israel laid down its weapons, there would be another 6Million dead Jews.

      • Marcelo

        Did you ever consider who are "the arabs occupying the Land of Israel"? Have a look at this:

        And please Elliot, open your mind to the possibility of peace. If you are a Jew, you are commanded to pursue it.

        • Patrick

          If Jews consider military response the only effective solution to the constant attempts on their life, this does not constitute a failure to consider "the possibility of peace.". This is a lazy and deceptive ad-hominem argument. War can bring peace.

          You either believe that an existential threat exists or you don't. You can split hairs about the details, but if you actually think that Arabs only kill Jews because of an (erroneously labelled) "occupation", and that ending the "occupation" will bring peace, then you are deluding youself. History is the biggest witness to this fact.

  • Palestinian

    What paranoia prompted you to draft this nightmare. Peace is about mutual recognition and will not come about without the oft demanded “end of all claims” clause. So spare us the drama that is fed by your fear or perhaps your obstinate desire to not have peace at all.

  • DeShawn

    Why wait until 2013? When Palestine is recognized by the UN as a country in September, you jews and your genocidal game will be over. Isreal will dissolve like apartheid South Africa did, and the so-called jews living in Palestine will be lucky if the Palestinian Arabs let them stay them. Personally, I think they should all be moved to Artartica where they can't bother anyone. Jews wreck nations.

  • DeShawn

    I am a pathetic little nazi who failed to finish junior high school and I really hate all dem joos because my pecker is so tiny.

  • bob maram

    with the new alliance between fatah and hamas the west appears to be applauding the clear and present danger of the defeat of israel in the tradition of western sellouts

    1) the czechs in 1938
    2) the hungarians in 1956
    3) the czechs in 1968

    the weakkneed appeasers are willing to sacrifice the jewish state for whatthey think is a '' peace in our time'' illusion. we jews may bea bit paranoid but remember what the great poet delmore schwartz observed —— paranoids can have real enemies too!

    my hopes for a kemal ataturk type democratic secular uprising in the muslim world has been greatly dampened. mubarak with all of his negatives would never have been a party to a cairo partnership of this unholy alliance. the muslim brotherhood may not be the majority party in egypt but much of its thinking appears to be pervasive in the former land of the pharoahs.

    sadly i do not see a churchill, thatcher orreagan waiting in the wings to help save us. i face a dillemma ( a word which i can''teven spell).how can a80 year old jew who needs hope find hope when he sees so little of it. bob maram

    • al-Kidya

      Bob, that "Churchill, Thatcher or Reagan" that you speak of may in fact be "waiting in the wings" and he could make it to the West Wing if he throws his hat into the GOP race. That person is Allen West!
      All he needs is a little encouragment.
      I can believe the Nazis of America can't see through the Islamic haze. I guess they all want to bow to Allah five times daily and be forced to go to the mosque every Friday for prayers. I guess they want to pay the outlandish 'jizya' protection tax for not becoming devout Muslims.

  • Marcelo

    Cindy: The person you call an idiot and moron is a Jew, a Zionist and an Israeli citizen who has been living in Jerusalem for 33 years, and has quite a good idea of chances and risks involved in a peace treaty with Palestinians, as well as a realistic assesment of the diversity of tendencies among Palestinians now. The vision presented in the article above is blatantly animated by fear. Me, and many other Jews, have been chosing to live courageously in Israel and courageously pursue peace whenever there is a chance for it. As for you calling me an idiot and a moron – is it because you have nothing substantial to say? By the way, where do you live? In the States? :)

  • Marcelo

    "…if you actually think that Arabs only kill Jews because of an (erroneously labelled) "occupation", and that ending the "occupation" will bring peace, then you are deluding youself. History is the biggest witness to this fact."

    Previous to the modern national states era (18th -19th centuries), relations between Jews and Arabs (Islam) were always more harmonious and by far more tolerant than those between Jews and Christians, who through the Crusades and Inquisition and other instances in history massacred Jews and other non-Christians vehemently and with fervor. Serious rivalry between Jews and Arabs started only with Zionism, which was the best adaptive response Jews could give to the modern geopolitical circumstances. What we learn from these historical facts is that the enmity between Judaism and Islam is not immanent to either of them, as obscurantist parties in both sides want to put it, but the result of a conflict over land.

    Can you contradict this argument with historical facts?

    • MixMChess

      "Serious rivalry between Jews and Arabs started only with Zionism"

      Not quite. Islam has been at war with Judaism and Jews since its inception. While during the middle ages, Muslim lands were generally more "tolerable" of Jews than Christendom, there was still widespread persecution, murder and humiliating treatment as second-class citizens:

      In 627, Muhammad's followers killed between 600 and 900 of the Jewish men in Medina.

      In 8th century Morocco, whole Jewish communities were wiped out by the Muslim rulers.

      In 1066 in Granada, Spain, Muslim mobs razed the Jewish quarter of the city and slaughter its 5,000 inhabitants.

      In the 12th century in N. Africa, the Almohads decimated several Jewish communities.

      In 1465, in Fez, Morocco, thousands of Jews were slaughtered, leaving only 11 alive.

      In 1785 in Libya, Ali Burzi Pasha murdered hundreds of Jews.

      In the 19th century in Algiers, Jews were massacred in 1805, 1815 and 1830

      In Marrakesh, Morocco, more than 300 hundred Jews were murdered between 1864 and 1880.

      There were anti-Jewish progroms all throughout the middle east in the 19th century.

      In the 1940's more than a thousand Jews were killed in anti-Jewish rioting in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria and Yemen.

      • Marcelo

        Yes, there were some riots against Jews in Islam along the centuries (you name 6 incidents from the 7th century until the 18th century, an average of one every 183 years, and then a gradually increasing number as we enter the 19th and 20th century, with the awakening of national statehood and Zionism), alongside with flourishing times of cooperation like the "Golden Age". The number of all Islamic anti-Jewish incidents taken together along 1200 years before the beginning of the Zionist movement (late 19th century), might roughly equal that of one year or less after the Zionist era. That's 1200 times more – what proves my point.

        Another interesting point in which we both agree, is that Christendom was in the past more aggressive toward Jews than Islam – and I add: by far. Today though, part of the Christian world, if you agree to consider the United States as such, is Israel's main ally. So we can learn from history that the past does not determine the future.

        Of course, the recent past, the hatred accumulated during the last century or so between Arabs and Jews is not going to vanish in the air with a peace treaty. At least two or three generations of constant effort and stretching toward peace will be necessary before true peace can be recognized. Meantime, military superiority and international warranties to ensure Israel's security are a must. But that's the way to go.

        • Marcelo

          "The past does not determine the future" – to make it less general and more to the point: your enemy today might be your ally tomorrow.

          • Marcelo

            Afterthought: seeing the evolution of things after the union of Fatah and Hamas, and the approach of Mashaal in a declaration today (,7340,L-4066848,00.html), it is very improbable any peace negotiations will take place in the foreseeable future. It seems the impasse in the conflict will continue, and it might as well deteriorate… in any case, the opening story will never happen.

  • 1000roses

    The only solution for a lasting piece is absolute democratic process (that we Americans cherish so passionately) for the entire territory in question, otherwise, the peace will not last. All people who lived there without regard to religion, race, etc. should vote on how they would like their one country to be run. I favor one state solution because two states would only attempt to “legalize” Zionist occupation that will be remembered in history until it is corrected by future large scale conflicts, so no lasting peace will result.
    The only issue with the fair democratic process is what to do with all manipulated Jewish people who the Zionist regime imported for decades to increase the Jewish population from around 100,000 to over 5 Million since the start of the occupation. This is obviously an attempt to unjustly manipulate any future democratic process by forcefully increasing the occupier’s population at the expense of others. Any compromise other than the absolute fair democratic process with no manipulated population will be temporary with terrible conflicts looming to correct it in the future.
    The truth is that the Zionist regime will not accept any democratic process even if the manipulated Jewish population is included because it cannot exist as a democratic country as Zionists will be outvoted by all others who live there (Zionists were in an infinite minority before the occupation). The Zionist regime can only temporarily exist through the force of its arms as a one people country where only select ones can vote and where different laws apply to different people.
    The world must stand up against the Zionist regime by cutting all diplomatic and economic relations with it. Many countries have already stopped all relations with the Zionist regime and others are in the process of doing the same. We Americans need to completely distance ourselves from this oppressive regime through urging our state representatives and senators to do what the rest of the world is doing.