That is the question. Or is it? I think not! I think the question is much, much bigger and much more serious. It is not only an issue of peace in the Middle-East. It may very well be a question of peace in the world.
Without going in-depth into the history of the creation of the Jewish state of Israel, let me just relate the following from Wikipedia:
The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was a resolution adopted on 29 November 1947 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Its title was United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 (II) Future Government of Palestine.
The proposed plan was accepted by the leaders of the Jewish community in Palestine, through the Jewish Agency. However, the plan was rejected by leaders of the Arab community (the Palestine Arab Higher Committee etc.), who were supported in their rejection by the states of the Arab League. In a communication to the United Nations Palestine Commission dated 19 January 1948, the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine stated that it was “determined [to] persist in rejection [to the] partition and in refusal [to] recognize UNO resolution [with] this respect and anything deriving therefrom”.
So, in a nut shell, one people, the Jewish people, accepted the terms of the UN resolution and one people, Palestinian Arabs, did not. And, since 1948, the State of Israel has had to defend its sovereignty in various wars with its Arab neighbors and against terrorist attacks on a more or less continuous basis right up to this very day.
For over six decades, all attempts to reach a negotiated and lasting peace have failed. Israel, in defending its sovereignty, has at times used preemptive strikes and against what they perceived to be real threats. As a result, Israel has often been criticized in the strongest of terms by the UN and by their Western allies and in recent decades even by many in the America’s Jewish community. This last point is important to keep in mind as you continue to read this post. Although I personally have, as a non-Jew, always seen Israel to have the high ground in the search for a lasting peace and a Palestinian State, the UN and many nations and many Jews do not agree with me and this leads me to the topic of today’s post.
The question raised in today’s title will be addressed by the United Nations General Assembly in just a few short weeks. The Palestinian Authority (PA) is petitioning the UN to declare Palestine a State that recognizes the pre-1967 borders with Israel. ( If you go to that link, you will see a reference to something called BDS. You can learn more about BDS here.)
Support for the PA’s request of th UN is very high among the member nations. Keep in mind that the vast majority of the member nations of the UN are third world countries whose governments are mostly totalitarian and socialistic in nature. So, it is highly likely that the UN General Assembly will in September recognize the State of Palestine along the pre-1967 borders. Also keep in mind that in General Assembly resolution neither the United States or any other country has the right to veto as exist under the rule of the UN Security Council.
So, while we here at home are rightfully focused on our serious economic condition and the up-coming presidential elections, we are not as focused as we should be on what the UN is about to do. Make no mistake. Although UN General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, this resolution will have very serious ramifications for the Middle East and for the world. You can be sure that the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Hezbollah, Hamas. Iran, Syria, Egypt and others will see this resolution as de facto support for reclaiming the so-called occupied territories from Israel by force if necessary. And, of course, force would be necessary. War is almost a certainty.
How will our esteemed President direct his Ambassador to the UN to vote on the issue of a Palestinian State? If America votes in favor of recognizing the Palestinian State, I submit that the chance of war is 100%. If the United States and some of its allies vote against the resolution, war is still highly probable.
Is there no way to stop this madness? In my opinion, war could be avoided if we had a President who was a strong and forceful leader. Such a President could pressure our allies not only to vote against the resolution but to declare in no uncertain terms that any attacks on Israel would be deemed a s an attack on the Western Alliance and the we would use all our might to defend Israel. That, of course, is not going to happen.
Think about this, dear readers. If war breaks out in the Middle East, will the United States and the European countries and China be able to stay out of the war? After all, Israel has demonstrated on many occasions in the past the ability to defend themselves very nicely. I suggest that we bear in mind two things.
First, times have changed and Iran can now supply missiles to its allies that can reach any point in Israel and Iran may soon have nuclear warheads.
Second, a major war in the Middle East would almost certainly disrupt oil supplies from the region. Oil that is critical to the existence of the United States, Europe and China. Israel’s sovereignty aside, do you really believe that these nations will not see the disruption of oil supplies as a threat to their nation’s interests? No, China, Europe and the United States will be drawn into the war, in my opinion.
Am I alone in my fear that war is immanent? Why is this not a hot topic on the world stage? Do all the world’s leader have their heads buried in the sand? Or, has the economic crises that abound in the world blinded everyone from seeing anything else?
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?