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Israel, Palestine and the Climate Change

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Again I am forced to explain my stance in regards to the volatile political situation concerning Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. To make it absolutely clear from the very beginning, I am against violence. Violence on a personal level, as well as a means of politics. I can understand the deep seated frustration, even the hate the Palestinians feel towards Israel. But the people from Gaza have to take an example from their brethren in the West Bank. They, almost, stopped the violence and have advanced much further.  (1)

Of course, they have not advanced enough mind you, but their lives is much better now then 5-6 years ago. Now it is clear that Gaza can’t just emulate the way of the West Bank. This is something the Israelis are taking care of with the siege. The believe of the Israelis, that their policies will lead to peace or at least to a durable cease fire is simply childish. It does not work this way. Do the Israeli government really think it can put Gaza under siege and it can build settlements in the West Bank, in short, it can do whatever it wants to do and it expects that the Palestinians do not react at all?


How serious are the Israelis with their wish for peace? Now they got a new and ingenious idea how to advance the negotiations. The vice minister of foreign affairs, the highly honorable Mr. Danny Ayalon, please refrain from applauding, introduced the idea, that negotiation with the Palestinians have to be part of a overall solution concerning the rights of Jewish refugees from Arab countries at around 1950. (2) If you have not believed it until now, that Israel is obstructing, now you have the proof. With whom exactly is Israel to negotiate the refugees from North Africa? And with whom from the Levant?

This new aspect has only one objective, to make the negotiations as difficult as possible. Let us ask for the impossible and let us blame the other side for not being able to comply. If something is not practical than it is useless, even if it is motivated by a ideology. A ideology, which has created the situation.

Until the end of the 19. century the co-existence between all the different tribes and people in this area was, more or less, pretty tranquil over the last centuries. This changed at the end of the 20th of the 20.century. The Arab population of Hebron committed a massacre among the members of the Jewish community in the city. (3) And what eventually came out of it, we can all see on TV in real time!

How did it come to this?

For almost two thousand years, since they were driven out by the Romans, the Jewish people lived in exile. They said, they will only return, when the Messiahs will come and will lead them back to the Holy Land. That was something everyone could agree upon. The Palestinians were not threatened, until the arrival of the Messiahs. But in such a case everything will change and in the meantime, while waiting for the day of judgement, daily life went on unhindered. In the meantime the common Anti-Semite made live for Jews in exile difficult and even lethal. But nevertheless the rabbis told the people to stay put, to wait for the Messiahs.

Until some secular Jews at the end of the 19.century invented Zionism (4) and told the Jews, at least in Europe, not to wait for the Messiahs and come to live in Palestine. There they wanted to establish the State of the Jews. Ahhhh! You want to establish a state in a country where, at the end of the 19.century, about 500000 people lived. (5) Jews were about 8% of the population. Still the theoreticians of Zionism succeeded in totally ignoring the non-Jews living in this area. What did the Zionist think what would happen? That the Palestinians would rejoice, that the rightful owner have returned. No matter the Messiahs and please give us a week time to get our stuff in order and we, the Palestinians, will voluntarily move to….., somewhere. Yes, this is exactly what the Zionist did think or they did not think, but this is the gist of it and it didn’t work out. Remember Hebron! Now the Israelis like to remind us all about this tragic event, but forget that just a couple of weeks ago the flat of refugees was attacked by Israeli citizen with a Molotov cocktail. (6) And the refugees are not as long in the country as the Zionists and they also don’t have the aspirations to establish the free republic of African refugees in Israel.

Anyway, at some point in the 20th came Rabbi Kook (7) to Palestine and he came to the conclusion, that it is not necessary to wait for the Massiahs in order to establish the state of Israel. On the contrary, it would help to build the infrastructure for the big moment. Then cam World War II and the Holocaust and the world had a case of bad conscience and the United Nations decided to divide Palestine into a Jewish part and a Palestinian part. Of course the Palestinians and the Arab as a whole did not like it and the rest is history.

Still the problem is not being resolved. From neither party. Although I have the feeling, that the Palestinians are getting tired of fighting and just want to be left alone by the Israelis. But the Israelis don’t want to leave the Palestinians alone, that’s why they build in the West Bank and that’s why they besiege Gaza. I sometimes have the feeling, that we Israelis want to punish the Palestinians for whatever happened to us throughout history. The Israelis are masters at demanding the impossible and blaming the other side for not being able to make the impossible come true. But this is not all, there are some strange politicians in America, like Newt Gingrich, who claims that the Palestinians are invented people. (8) What is Newt trying to tell us with it? That the right of the people is superior to human rights? Or that Newt has the emotional capacity of an Android. Something invented. Then came Mitt Romney to Israel and claimed that the reason the Palestinians have such a weak economy is the result of an inferior culture. Thank god Obama won the election. Hopefully he will force now both side to sit down and get thinks done. But first he will have to Show the Israelis their limits. Who knows if Obama is strong enough to do it? He hasn’t got much to lose in his second term.

The longer we wait until we find a solution, while the Israelis still expand the settlements in the West Bank the two state solution will become impossible. More and more people on both sides of the fence already consider the Bi-national state. The question is, if we will get to this point, why did we have to go through all the bloody mess, if we could have had it right from the start?

The reader might ask, what has all this to do with Climate Change? Not much, but as long as we all are only thinking how to survive and to fight each other we do not think about how to prepare for a Climate Change.


For further information:

1. West Bank and Gaza

2. Danny Ayalon

3. Hebron Massacre

4. Zionism

5. Population of Palestine

6. Refugees in Israel

7. Rabbi Kook

8. Newt Gingrich

Addition: I found this clip after I published the article. What has changed?


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