By Geoffrey Cook, TMO
Let us continue our discussion with The IDF (Israeli Defense Forceâ€™s) Retired General and their Ministry Of Justice Official
Last week (May 30th-June June 5th), the Yemeni unrest has broken out into a full-fledged civil war with tribal groups on one side opposing the government in Sanaâ€™s Army seriously wounding the nationâ€™s President. Today (124 Yemeni Army personal were reported as casualties of the battle while the NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) perceives the situation with alarm because of the large concentration of Al-Qaeda on the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. While in Libya the consternation still converges, with NATOâ€™s overwhelming air forces backing the rebels in Benghazi a resolution to the clash looks far away. The Arab â€œSpringâ€ has degenerated into an ugly Middle Eastern / North African clash of wills.
Let us continue with the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) Retired General Sharoni and Ms. Taras Hassan of her nationâ€™s Ministry of Justice Department reaction to (U.S.) President Obamaâ€™s speech of a fortnight ago on establishing a basis for negotiations between Israel and Palestine based on (U.S.) President Barrack Obamaâ€™s proposals for peace dialogues.
Jeremy Ben-Ami, who is domiciled here in Washington, is the Executive Director of J-Street joined the conversation by the miracles of the Internet. Both the two influential progressive Israelis and a liberal Jewish-American thinker shared an alternative vision for Tel Avivâ€™ State which includes an independent Palestinian State on their borders: A vision that would guarantee their country as a majority Jewish entity, but with better integration into the Middle Eastern environment. Such individuals are the only hope for that nationâ€™s survival since their citizenâ€™s are threatened by their governmentâ€™s policy of â€œEternal Warâ€ which cannot be kept up indefinitely without eventual disaster. A progressively political Israeli government could be trusted to confer trustfully and honestly with the opposing side.
Your writer is always interested in the comments of a military man like the general. If you remember this author wrote several pieces on these pages regarding the retired American Marine Corps General Anthony Zini. Because he was no longer on active duty, he was free to criticize (his) President Bushâ€™s morality and his Administration conduct of the Iraq War. Sharoni is in the exact same position in respect to his (Israeli) Prime Minister (P.Mâ€™s) policy towards the suppression of the Palestinianâ€™s rightful desire for nationhood. After all, unlike the Judaic ultra-Orthodox, who are not required to serve because of their long curled hair; yet, they are among the most conservative within the Hebrew body politic. (Strange, because the Sikhs, who have a reputation for being among the best soldiers in the world — are required by their religion never to cut any of their body hair; nevertheless, they have consistently served honorably, and are considered among the best soldiers in the world. Sometimes being â€œshoot atâ€ will encourage one to settle social conflicts short of war if possible.) General Sharoni had an honorable career as a man of arms often risking his own life throughout his career.
The two people, who were in Jerusalem — contrary to their Prime Minister, were advocates, along with (U.S.) President Barrack Obama, that the basis of negotiation should begin at the acceptance of the pre-1967 borders with certain mutually concurred land exchanges resolved between the two parties through bargaining amongst themselves. This is necessary because of the pattern of the Settlements.
(The United States or any other third foreign delegation should not impose its own will upon the principal actors, but should be there to aid the two groups to find a middle ground between them.)
The upcoming U.N. (United Nationsâ€™) vote to decide upon Palestine independence is on the Israeli liberals â€œradar.â€ Several progressive Israeli organizations support and have already made a public endorsements in favor of this vote in favor of the Palestinians. In fact, on the fourth, a major demonstration of 5,000 residents was held in Tel Aviv in favor of Obamaâ€™s peace proposals.
The retired Major-General Sharoni is of the opinion that the only way to keep the â€œdemocraticâ€ Motherland for the Jews is the two-State solution. (Your author, of course, is of a slightly different opinion. I envision a multi-sectarian State upon the territory of the present-day Israel. The ultra-conservative Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposal to genetically cleanse the Hebrew State â€“ mainly of the Palestinian Arabs — is not a positive sign for the peace process to proceed nor is the P.M.â€™s rejection of the (U.S.â€™) proposition. Your commentator would not object to non-coercive policies to keep Israel a Jewish Majority State, though.) The General, differing, presumes it is of the utmost urgency that Israel must remain an ethnic nation-state for Jewry. Therefore, to assure its Jadishness, he reasons this terrain on the Mediterranean should continue as a nation-state for the Jews, and the best way to ensure this is to create a homeland for the Palestinians on their borders. Further, that this will be advantageous to the Arabs there, too. (What he does not factor is that Palestine is a bi-sectarian body. In pre-Partition Palestine, the Christians were the largest congregate. Now, they represent a mere 7% of the population, and the Muslims overwhelmingly make up most of the remaining populace. If, the right of return is recognized the percentage of Christians should go up, but Islam would still dominate the State.)
Ms. Abbas of the Justice department reasons that there is flexibility amongst the Israelis. It must become a de-militarized â€“ (especially its nuclear arsenal should be reduced to the threat that is present.) On the other hand, she believes it will be hard for the Arabâ€™s to be flexible, whatever.
We are coming to the end of the column inches dedicated to your contributor for this week, and the comments within this international phone conversation are very rich, indeed; therefore, your evaluator will continue with his evaluation of this encounter in future segments of this study.
Especially, while writing, this piece, a sizeable Palestinian demonstration was held at the Israeliâ€“Syrian Hebrew border on the sixth a large group of Palestinian citizens marched to Syriaâ€™s border with Israel on the Golan Heights, but were driven back with deadly force leaving twenty-three dead Arabs dead.