Reprinted from Israel National News.
Now that it seems that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is again on the agenda, I am concerned that there will be undue pressure on Israel, as a follow-up to the evolution in US policies in reference to Jerusalem. But people who would like to see better times ahead, must do whatever they can to avoid relinquishing their freedom or part of it, for an uncertain future.
Even a superficial look into the dynamics in the Middle East will give the objective observer, a lot of reasons to be concerned.
We know that there are too many countries and entities with conflicting interests who are trying to establish paths toward establishing their own agendas in the region.
Iran has practically total control over the capitals of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. Its aspirations do not stop there. The Iranian attempt to establish military presence close to the border of the State of Israel coupled with an open call for the destruction of Little Satan and the Big Satan, Israel and the USA respectively, leaves nothing to imagination. The subversive relationship between Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority, fits in very well into the Iranian plan for the Middle East and ultimately to its agenda for the rest of the free world.
Russia feels invigorated by the weakening of ISIS and by the shrinking of the American foot print in the Middle East, and is pursuing every effort to fill in this void. Its collaboration with Iran and with the dictator of Syria, Assad, are gearing toward that goal.
Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates, feel that they too, are in the cross hairs of the Iranian regime. This draws them closer to a collaboration with the State of Israel. At the same time, for various reasons, they are afraid of their own shadows, and therefore they will try to play down this collaboration.
Turkey has its own problems with the unrest along their borders, caused by the Kurds who are trying to get their independence and by the internal resistance to the steps taken by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to shift toward a more Radical Islamic rule.
These and other facts may have significant effects on the stability of the region and over the realistic view about the eventual Arab-Israeli Peace process.
Delusional voices are being heard that strategic depth have no relevance on security, and therefore, in a hope for peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis Israel should relinquish their control over land claimed by the Palestinians, even if Israel has a legitimate claim over the same land. These voices do not take seriously, the on going official teachings and declarations by the Palestinian Authority that are denying the right of the Jews to live in a country of their own in their ancestral homeland in the Holy Land or practice Judaism or Christianity freely without interference.
These teachings in the schools and elsewhere, are accompanied also by an ongoing incitement to violence against Israel. The Palestinian Authority is denying the rights of the Jews to Temple Mount and the rights of the Christians to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This brutal irresponsible agenda, is trying to guarantee a permanent perpetuation of the conflict.
In order to be able to consider any viable peace process between the Arab Palestinians and the Israelis, a more stable neighborhood must be established and solid multiple actions must be taken within the Palestinian and the Israeli communities. Identifying the problems and the issues are the first steps in trying to solve them.
To help the objective observers, I have listed a few key links which will provide a better understanding of the situation and the steps which are needed to be taken, to help move toward a better future to all those who would like to live in freedom and prosperity in the region and anywhere else in the world. The historical proof is overwhelming for the cogent observation that whatever happens to the Jews never ends with the Jews.
“8 Points for Peace” .
This is an advisory note to members of the Israeli Knesset and to all people of good will:
Middle East Reality Check – Careful approach is imperative:
Israel’s Critical Security Needs for a Viable Peace:
The Middle East Problem summarized in five minutes:
Israel’s Legal Founding – Alan Dershowitz Professor of Law:
West Bank Facts on the Ground:
The Truth About Palestinians:
Who’s telling the truth, Abbas or Netanyahu?
Abbas: Israelis have no right to desecrate our holy sites with their filthy feet
Al-Aksa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
What did the Palestinian Leadership do, with all the international financial support to the Arab Palestinian People?