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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 27, 2017 By Ben Cohen a statement so utterly divorced from reality Kurdish control, Middle Eastern states--of tion Organizationoriginallypledgedtoachieve that you can't help laughing, the Sunni and Shi'a, Arab, Turkish and Persian through violence--and suing the United King- Leaveaside the obvious objections:that this variety--are little more than dungeons with dom for the 1917 Balfour Declaration. It's been clear for a long time that there is conference perpetuates the fallacy that the flags on top of them. In terms of building up public support little difference between the character of ter- Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies at the heart of Buthey, that'snothingthatabitof"civilsociety around the world, it's a strategy that has rorist attacks in Israel and those in the West the Middle East troubles, or simply that the dialogue" can't fix, eh? I don't want to be unfair worked. Hence, we can assume that if Pres- more broadly.Trucks ram into crowds--as they spectacle of 72 countries fixating on Israel-- here, because there have been some wonderful ident-elect Donald Trump does a 180-degree did in Nice, Berlin and Jerusalem. Terrorists when neighboring Syria has been turned into efforts to encourage dialogue between Arab and turn on President Obama's approach to the blow up or shoot up nightclubs--as they did a graveyard--is nauseating. Jewish citizens of Israel, but for that approach to Israelis, the narrative of the Palestinians--ig- in Orlando, Tel Aviv and Bali. Knife-wielding Look, instead, at the worldview expressed work, you need to first recognize the humanity nored by America, facing 50 years of"occupa- Islamists dash into venues from shopping in the conference statement, a draft of which ineachother.Whatwouldactuallygetdiscussed tion" under Israel--will become emblematic malls to police stations stabbing anyone in was distributed in advance of the conference, at these dialogues, anyway? An Israeli asking a of public resistance to the foreign policies of reach--as they did in Minnesota, Brussels The tools for achieving and sustaining a"two- Palestinian, "Why are your preachers calling us the Trump administration. In the American and, yes, Tel Aviv. state solution," it declared, are "economic sons of apes and pigs again?" context, the Democratic Party is now the most Compared to 15 years ago, there is a much incentives, the consolidation of Palestinian Maybe none of this matters anymore. Maybe significant barometer of that process. greater empathy with Israel's existential state capacities, and civil society dialogue." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ThePalestinianscanalsoplaypowerpolitics. position these days. European leaders like Alright then. Economic incentives: Forget right when he says that the Paris conference They can carry on with their campaign to French Prime Minister Manuel Vails, German about turning Gaza into a flourishing port is the "final gasp" of a failed strategy. He has achieve membership in international bodies Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime city for as long as Hamas is running the place, good reason, after all, tobelieve that, especially as an independent state. They can curry favor Minister Theresa May have shown far greater Ignore the fact that PalestinianAuthority (PA) having heard the condemnation of Resolution with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the readinessthan even our own President Barack corruption and nepotism have concentrated 2334 from Secretary of State-designate Rex next stage of his conflict with the West. And Obama to recognize that anti-Zionism is a immense wealth around Ramallah with no TiUerson. they can insert themselves into domestic form of anti-Semitism, that the campaign trickle to the rest of the West Bank. Disregard Yet while the change of administration in issues--rising anti-Semitism, the political to boycott Israel is founded upon hatred and the rampant scale of organized crime in the WashingtonmaystrengthenIsrael'sdiplomatic culture on university campuses, the legality that Israel lives in a neighborhoodwhere every West Bank, as documented by the Palestinian position for the immediate period, and while of boycotts--in a way that few other foreign day, someone influential somewhere calls for academic Ali Qleibo. Just carry on believing the Palestinians will have to get to the back of policy issues can do. its annihilation, thatpumping"economicincentives"willusher thelineintermsofinternationalpriorities, the As I said, Netanyahu may well be right Sadly, thisunderstanding doesn't carryover in a new era of peace. Palestinian question itself will not disappear, about the last gasp of Obama's strategy to into the workings of diplomacy. The last days Palestinian state capacities--this is an In many ways, it will find its status enhanced, secure Palestinian independence. But none of of the Obama administration have brought interesting one. It sort of, kind of, hints that Tobeginwith, there'sthepublicdomain.And us should believe that these battles are over. us the passage of United Nations Security we shouldn't automatically expect a Palestin- thisbringsustosomethingthattheEuropeans BenCohen, Council Resolution 2334, which paves theway ian state to be like, y'know, Norway, from the have never understood: The historic Palestin- The Tower Magazine, writes a weekly column forimposingasolutionoutsidetheframework get-go. And there are two reasons for that. ian strategy has never been about achieving forJNS.orgonJewishaffairsandMiddleEast- of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and First, that the PA has been thieving billions statehood, but about preventing a negotiated ernpolitics. His writings have been published theJan. 15 Paris Mideast conference, atwhich ofdoilarsininternationalaidmoneyfromday solutioninordertoperpetuatetheimageofthe in Commentary, theNew YorkPost, Haaretz, no less than 72 countries, including the U.S., one of its existence. Second, apart from a few Palestinians as the people towhom history has The Wall Street Journal, and many other are pulling up in the French capital to issue exceptions like Jordan and the areas under dealtthecruelestblow.It'swhythePalestinians publications.Heistheauthorof"SomeofMy make deliberately unrealistic demands, like the BestFriends:AJourney Through Twenty-First "right of return"--a goal the Palestine Libera- CenturyAntisernitism" (Edition Critic, 2014). By Dr. Glenn Mollette home. Hopefully when their districts vote agai n they will let them stay home permanently. How By the time you read this column the Inau- will they feel if Trump and a Republican led gurationmaybeover. LikeitnotDonaldTrump Congress decide not to give additional money is your president. Even if you claim he is not to their districts and refuse to work with them your president--he is. If you continue your on any bills they might offer to Congress? I citizenship in America he is your president, don't think that's the American way but sadly I heard and read reports of people who said has become the American way. they would leave the United States if Trump I'm not into an eye for an eye and a tooth were elected president. How many have left or for a tooth. Slapping each other back and when are they leaving? Don't let the door hit forth accomplishes nothing but more ugly you on the behind when you leave. Actually, rancor. that's not the attitude to have. The correct What we all need to see are Democrats and attitude is, "Come on people now love one Republicans and Independents crossing the another," or something like that. aisle, shaking hands and working together to I'm all for us loving and hugging each other bring jobs backtoAmerica. Together they must but it doesn't seem to be on the horizon for our work to save our infrastructure crisis. Bring country. I voted for Obama the first time but I safe and cleanwater toAmerica's communities. voted for Trump this time. One of the reason's Infuse hope into our struggling military and I voted for Obama was because of healthcare elevating our beaten down Veterans. Equal and stem cell research. We must have stem cell opportunities and equal rights for all can only research to find cures for numerous diseases, happen if the people in Washington treat each I was impacted greatly by healthcare with a other with equal respect. This means doing very sick spouse for twelve years. I know the unto others the way they want to be treated. pain of a medical insurance crisis. I also voted Many people today are ready to join a move- against Obama because he and Congress ment. One movement we desperately need is messeduphealthcaresobad.IvotedforTrump a movement that involves all people from all not necessarily because I am now a registered parties, all states, all colors, all nationalities Republican but because we desperately need reaching out to each other with a passion to a new direction in this country. We have few work hard, have strong individual ideas but jobs, a failing economy, failing infrastructure, determined to work together to solve our growing poverty, tremendous despair and a problems and make this country great again! nationrunoverbyillegalimmigrants.Wealso Glenn Mollette is a syndicated columnist have a healthcare crisis. Of all the candidates and author of eleven books. I saw Trump as being in the best position to do He is read in all fifty states. Visit www. some things to change our spiraling direction as a nation. Contact him at Like Congress people who have pledged to not his facebook page at attend Trump's Inauguration are free to stay glennmollette. rilE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE # ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 45 Press Awards H NEWS HERITAGE Florida Jewish News ( ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 email: Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Society Editor Bookkeeping Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Kim Fischer Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky David Bomstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore Jim Shipley Two Jews walk into a room Well, what happens if they don't? This month, a bunch of Europeans and others walked into a room in Paris to decide what actually had already been decided in 1947 and discussed continually since then: That the best solution for the Holy Land of Israel was to whack it up into two states: One for the Jews, one for the Arabs. As we all know, all the way back in '47, the Jews agreed, the Arabs did not. The distinguished gentlemen at this lat- est meeting represented the U.N., a number of nations, a sprinkling of Arabs as well as John Kerry who, by the time you read this will be, thankfully, retired. Of course, these distinguished gentlemen never gave a clue as to how to accomplish this. So, they took a smiling picture of the attendees and went home. But, the meeting was in "Gay Paree" and they were not paying their own way, so... Vive Le France[! Let's just suppose that once again, against all his better instincts, Benjamin Netanyahu were to say: "All right--let's get this thing done--let's sit down at a table and figure out some borders, some tactics and we will have a two-state solution like all these geniuses are crying for." So, two Jews--Netanyahu and another des- ignated negotiator walk into the room and... Oh wait--they did that twice--and nobody else showed up! A couple of years ago the Arabs said "Stop all 'Settlement' Building!" So they did--stop all building in Judea and Samaria. The Jews waited nine long months. And... nobody showed up. Okay, so that didn't work, Israel started building new Israeli towns and the Arabs screamed bloody murder (and also did more than scream it). Let John Kerry, the retiring U.S. secretary of state bring the leader of the Palestinian Arabs with him to a final--let's get it done--meeting. Who is he going to bring? Abbas, now in the fourteenth year of a four- year term? Okay--but wait--there's more! Aren't there a load of Arabs in a place called Gaza? How come they aren't represented at the table? Oh--they do not want a"Two-State Solution." That's right! They are not ruled by Mr. Abbas. They are ruled by Hamas. Ay, there's the rub... Hamaswants a One-State Solution-- no Jews. Matter of fact, no Jews--anywhere! Years ago, Netanyahu himself, in his first creation as PM actually shook hands with the Late Yasser Ararat while President Bill Clinton clasped both their hands and beamed. He had done itl Only problem was, as soon as the unshaven Arafat got home, he said "thanks a lot but no thanks." In 1967 the foreign minister of Israel was Yigal Allon. He was a former front line general in the IDF and a distinguished archeologist. As such he knew exactly where the ancient and Holy land of Israel was. But he was also a man of peace. So, he tried to configure bor- ders that would allow for an Arab Quasi State in most of Judea and Samaria to be ruled by Jordan. There was a break in the proposed borders to allow for an international zone that cut off the bottom part of Israel --the Negev. It was a terrible idea and never came to fruition. But--it did contain the germ of a wonderful idea. What nation on earth allows an organization thousands of miles away, most of whose members had never been to the area to declare their borders? In order to negotiate a peace treaty with Egypt, Israel gave up the Sinai. The disputed area today for the most part remains Judea and Samaria--integral parts of the ancient and Holy land of Israel--but now known as the "West Bank" even though it is nowhere near the Jordan River. There is an area in the "West Bank" called "Area C." It includes some fairly large Israeli cities which the PalestinianArabs and the U.N. call "Settlements." The area is roughly divided between Arabs and Jews. What would happen if Israel were to simply annex the area? It would become a part of Israel. The Arab cit- izens therein would become Israelis--entitled to the benefits of citizenship--and dependable electricity and garbage pick-up. They would maintain their educational system--with an adjustment to the curriculum, taking out the textbooks that call for the death of all Jews. The argument against this is that demo- graphically, because Arabs have much bigger families than Jews (except for the Haredi who tend to have massive families) that they would outnumber Jews in the area. Well, history shows that as people become more economi- cally independent, family size decreases-- which, as Israelis, these secular, intelligent Arabs would become. Maybe it's not perfect--but, It makes more sense than a bunch of Europeans and one American sitting in Paris and deciding... nothing.