In a hypothetical museum of leftist idiocy, surely the now infamous Oslo Accords would command its own room. The bizarre “land-for-peace” formula foisted on Israel by George H.W. Bush and the Europeans has been a colossal failure, and one could argue it has been at least indirectly responsible for thousands of Israeli and Palestinian deaths.
Giving Yasser Arafat a shave and a hot meal and trotting him out for CNN was, in hindsight, a “snafu” in the classic sense of the term. The Palestinian terror chief used Israel’s reluctant willingness to negotiate as a springboard for unprecedented terror attacks on Jews. In the collateral damage, he harmed his own people immeasurably, as well.
All this seems still lost on political elites, especially those in Washington, who now don’t even try and conceal their contempt for Israel.
It is a situation Caroline Glick knows very well.
The Chicago native, who emigrated to Israel and became an IDF officer and now astute political observer, has seen the folly of Oslo up close and personal. In a new book, “The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East,” she argues for a sensible model for bringing a measure of peace to Israel and her Palestinian neighbors.
Though terrorism (often encouraged by the Palestinian Authority) has claimed thousands of lives and wrecked the Palestinian economy, Washington insists on continuing down the same path.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has agreed in principle to a two-state solution, presumably hopes to wait out the soggy end of Obama’s spectacularly failed presidency.
Glick, a hard-eyed realist, is an expert historical and political analyst.
“Ironically, the two-state solution is among the most irrational, unsuccessful policies the United States has ever adopted,” she writes. “For the past ninety years, the two-state solution has been tried more than a dozen times, and every time it has failed, abysmally. Between 1970 and 2013, the United States presented nine different peace plans for Israel and the Palestinians, all based on the two-state solution – and for the past twenty years, the two-state solution has been the centerpiece of U.S. Middle East policy.
“But despite this laser focus, American efforts to implement the two-state solution have all been dismal failures,” she continues. “Moreover, these abortive efforts have weakened the U.S. position in the Middle East: with each new attempt at achieving a two-state peace deal, the Middle East has become less stable, more violent, more radicalized, and more inimical to American values and interests.”
Glick traces many of the agenda’s failures, and in particular, her discussion of the efforts Bill Clinton put into peacemaking are striking. She points out the Palestinians claim 5.1 million “refugees” from the wars with Israel, and she notes the rigid demand that these people be allowed to “return” to the land is pure folly.
“This demand is without precedent in the history of warfare,” she states. “There is no precedent of a civilian population, displaced by a war that their leadership started and lost, claiming a right to return to territory that they failed to conquer.”
The American people have a general understanding of the conflict (support for Israel in this country remains high), but are woefully uneducated about the details, many of which are crucial to American interests, as Glick points out.
For example, the current chief of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is presented as a statesman. In fact, he was chief of the terror squad that slaughtered 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Yet John Kerry & friends continue to court him.
In Part II of “The Israeli Solution,” Glick presents her own plan for a resolution to the conflict. Although center-left types will dismiss it (and Glick presents fascinating predictions based on how she feels the international community would react to a departure from the hallowed Oslo model), the plan is reasonable, and based on continued Israeli strength, something vital to American interests.
Glick also punctures several sacred cows regarding Oslo, including the claim that demographics threaten Israel’s future as a single Jewish state. The theory goes that Palestinians will simply produce more children and within one more generation, will swamp the Israeli population. A 1997 census conducted by the Palestinians (can you say propaganda?) claimed that by 2015, there would be almost six million Palestinian Arabs in the region.
Glick knows better: “In 1997 Israel had one million Arab citizens, and in 2012 that number had grown to 1.6 million.”
You see, in international politics, people of goodwill rarely consider their ideological opponents … lie. Yet such a devilish character trait is a hallmark of Arab intentions. The diabolical two-state solution is a centerpiece of the strategy to defeat Israel.
It will not work, and “The Israeli Solution” provides a superb analytical backdrop for the view that Israel will survive, with or without a Palestinian state.