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How do you resolve the conflict between the Jews and Muslims in Palestine?

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2013-04-02 14:05:32

The first thing worth noting is that the Israeli-Palestinian

Conflict is not a conflict between Jews and Muslims. There are a

number of Muslims who fight in the Israeli Defense Forces. It is a

ethnic conflict in much the same way that Sri Lanka's conflict

between the Sinhalese and the Tamils was an ethnic conflict. The

fact that most Israelis identify as Jews and most Palestinians

identify as Muslims is part of their ethnic make-up but not its

defining aspect.

As concerns resolution, a number of things would have to take place

before a long-standing peace (as opposed to a mere cessation of

hostilities) could take place. There are other requisites, but

there are the most important.

1) Mutual Recognition: Israel would need to recognize a completely

independent and sovereign Palestinian Government that would fully

control a certain amount of the former British Mandate of Palestine

(most likely Gaza and the West Bank). Israel would also have to

confer on this state the unambiguous nature of being correct and

necessary for Israel. Conversely, Palestine would have to recognize

the Right for Israel to Exist as a Jewish State occupying the

remaining amount of the British Mandate of Palestine (most likely

1949-Israel). Both sides would have to recognize the historical and

emotional value that the land also has to the other.

2) Regional/International Recognition: States that have adopted

attitudes strongly favoring one side at the expense of the other,

such as the Arab States would need to recognize the legitimacy of

both Israel and Palestine.

3) Israeli Reparation Payments: Israel dispossessed many

Palestinians of their property, either by malicious activities that

took place during the Arab-Israeli Wars or by Ben-Gurion refusing

to let Palestinians who left return after the 1948-9 War. Israel

needs to pay the Palestinian government reparations for the land

that was taken in this way.

4) Israeli Withdrawal from the Settlements: Israel must withdraw

from the Settlements to provide Palestine with a viable

infrastructure and complete sovereignty. The Settlers must return

to Israeli territory. The buildings, however, should be left as

partial payment of the above-mentioned reparations.

5) Palestinians Must Concede Right of Return: Recognizing the State

of Israel as a Jewish State is meaningless if Palestinians en masse

are allowed to Return to Israel. Therefore, Palestinians (and their

backers) must abandon the notion that they can ever return to

Israeli territory. Palestinians should leave the refugee camps and

become proper citizens in this new country of Palestine.

6) Jerusalem Must Be Shared or Internationalized: Palestine and

Israel both want Jerusalem and the only way to solve this is either

divide the city East/West respectively and divide the Old City or

Internationalize the City or some combination of

Internationalization and division. Neither side will rest until it

can assure its followers that its holy sites will be


7) Liberal Thought: Just in general, people have to be willing to

compromise and live with that compromise.

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