Your hanging out with your friends this past week: watchin' the game, eating some food, or even meeting up for a casual drink; the subject of Gaza comes up. One of your buddies chimes, " why are ‘they’ launching rockets at Israel? Israel just wants peace. You cannot make peace with terrorists." So the argument goes.
Assuming that you’re an American reading this (just pretend for a moment if your not) the chances are that your so-called buddies have known more Jews than Palestinians. Thus, it is than likely that your buddies have a more personal connection with at least the concept of Israel. At a very basic level they understand Zionism and learned about the German Holocaust in what little attention they paid in school. From sympathy alone, one would say something like, "jezz... isn't it time we all just give the Jews a break?"
This is something like how the past three weeks have been for me, living in San Diego.
When I remember back to my time on the on the West Bank two summers ago, many Palestinians were horrified by the American ignorance to the peril in Palestine. “What do they all think,” a young Palestinian said, trying to comprehend the U.S’s unconditional support of Israel, “that all Palestinians are terrorists?” My words were too baffled to respond.
Even in liberal California, it amazes me how people can reduce this conflict into “sides.” You’re either pro-Israel or pro-Palestine. Which one are you they demand!?! I briskly respond by muttering something about being “pro-solution;” and I am suddenly branded a pinko-peacenik?
So lets all just take a breath while I clarify: I reject the notion that you either need to wear the Hamas Charter on your sleeve, or have a shrine in dedication to Arial Sharon above your fireplace.
So how about the next time I’m out with my buddies, when your out with your buddies, lets agree to take a step back and embrace the realist school on international relations on this one. That is: it is in the best interest of Israel, so-called Palestine and the U.S to find some sort of resolve to the decades of horror and promotion of radicals/sides. Better? Perhaps a bit too much for the bar?
To paraphrase, I like how American Zionist, former IDF solder turned columnist at The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, said in his book “Prisoners:” giving the Palestinians the West Bank and Gaza in exchange for peace sounds like a bargain to me.
I mean just think about it. Finding a solution would bolster the credibility of the Arab regimes (that are not allied with Iran) and would work to weaken the all-or-nothing vendetta's that is to easily sold in the ghettos of Gaza. Solving this inhumane fiasco would help insure regional stability while working to reduce the brash anti-Americanism that has come to dominate the region.
And while this argument/plan “seems like a deal to me,” there are still people who lobby against it. As I said: I am too baffled to answer.