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Israel and the Palestinians- A Diplomatic Journey for Peace and Mutual Security

  • May 24, 2011
Today's Address to Congress by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
By: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

Congress eagerly awaits the long anticipated address by Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The Prime Minister will speak about recent challenges in the Middle East, Iran and the conditions
for a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians.

The most obvious issues are the rumblings in Syria, changes in Egypt and Tunesia,
as well as the ongoing divide between Israel and the Palestinians. There is even
a divide between the West Bank and Gaza Strip on governance itself, as well as
accepting Israel as a partner in the quest for peace.

There are various negotiation techniques which can contrast the differing viewpoints
between the negotiating parties. Formal meditation techniques may be introduced
to align the participants with a more rational frame of mind during negotiations.

Israel has limited land resources and ; therefore, any change in its boundaries would
make defending the country much harder to do.   A discussion of land swaps has
always been articulated as an exchange for land or land use for a verifiable peace.
To date, Israel has had the most trouble in getting a verifiable period of continuous
peace devoid of rocket attacks and random vandalism or suicide bombings.
A successful accord would require a continuous and verifiable peace as a condition
precedent to considering any land, land use or land lease issues to the  Palestinians.

Another aggravating factor is non-cooperation from Iran and Syria.
Essentially, both states would be required to cooperate by discouraging
the sale or transportation of weaponry aimed at de-stabilizing the peace process.
Iran's nuclear program is a continuing thorn in the peace process.  Such a program
may even be dangerous to Iran and its neighbors in the event of an earthquake-
very much like the recent Japanese earthquake and Tsunami.

The precedent for dangerous earthquakes in Iran and neighboring areas is as follows:
                                            SOME MAJOR EARTHQUAKES THRU 1997

526 Antioch, Syria       250,000 deaths
1755 North Persia           40,000 deaths
1957 Northern Iran            1,200 deaths
"   "  West Iran                   1,300 deaths
1962 Northwest Iran         12,000 deaths
1968 Northeast Iran          12,000 deaths
1972 Southern Iran             5,000 deaths
1978 Northeast Iran          15,000 deaths
1981 Southern Iran             4,500 deaths
1990 Western Iran            40,000 deaths
1997 Northern Iran              1,500 deaths        (The World Almanac)

Against this backdrop, Iran needs to focus its scarce resources on civil engineering
issues and earthquake engineering to reinforce existing infrastructure. Instead,
much effort is being misdirected in the area of nuclear facilities which add danger
to the area - not security and economic well being. Both Syria and Iran are
flirting with instability at home due to economic issues and not hostilities from Israel
or the West. Each country should pursue solar energy technologies rigorously
as an alternative to instigating hostilities in neighboring countries.

In Immigrant Inc. by Herman and Smith, Wiley 2010 , the authors describe a new
method of commercialization for thermodynamic properties of refrigeration.
 Grama and White studied how milk was made in India.

Then, they proceeded to blend Grama's knowledge of Thermodynamics with advances
in photovoltaics.  The pair looks forward to manufacturing solar powered refrigerators
run by simple microprocessors. The solar cooler could preserve cow's milk, yogurt and
medicines in villages throughout the world lacking electricity.  This application would
benefit places like Iran and chip away at the goal of implementing nuclear power
which is a much more complicated technology to monitor in practice.

Lastly, a verifiable peace is the condition precedent for the Israelis and Palestinians
to reach a workable accord.   Israel has some outstanding possibilities like
the use of underwater cities in the Mediterranean, a monorail network to transport
workers above ground and even the use of the Israeli Kibbutz work group
structure to keep Palestinians in one place instead of traversing through continuous
checkpoints.  The ingredients for peace are there.  Now is the time to craft a deal.
Israel and the Palestinians- A Diplomatic Journey for Peace and Mutual Security

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May 25, 2011
"My humble suggestion: Two two-way mutual defense treaties now between 1) Israel and the U.S. and 2) the State of Palestine and the U.S., with an American air base and three thousand or so U.S. troops each stationed in Israel and in the State of Palestine, to serve as guarantees for each nation. "   Comment by Charley 2

This might be a good idea. First, President Abbas and future Palestinian leaders must agree to accept the existence of the State of Israel as a nation alongside a Palestinian State.

This acceptance can be achieved via Constitutional amendment in a future Palestine.   Why is this so difficult? Iran and Syria have been instigating factors in encouraging random violence and street weaponry. This must stop before any discussions of peace between the parties can come to fruition.

The economies of Syria and Iran are in the doldrums right now so the incentive to cooperate is there. We need action aimed at unequivocal cooperation before any serious discussions can commence and conclude. Iran sits in an earthquake zone, as I demonstrated in my article. They simply must cease and desist from pursuing defensive or offensive nuclear technologies before Iran wrecks its own country irreparably for centuries to come.
May 25, 2011
---Until preserving the status quo is seen as having fewer practical advantages than changing the status quo, nothing will change of any consequence. We should remember that one Israeli prime minister and one Egyptian president were assassinated by their countrymen, and why; and why the leaders of every Islamic country in the mid-east find Israel so attractive as a diversion to internal reform; and why so many Israeli politicians find the status quo valuable to maintaining their political power. (Who knows…some might even believe what they say.) ---It’s no accident that no country in the Middle East, including Israel, has ever consistently and seriously (or even recently) tried to prepare its own population for compromise.---My humble suggestion: Two two-way mutual defense treaties now between 1) Israel and the U.S. and 2) the State of Palestine and the U.S., with an American air base and three thousand or so U.S. troops each stationed in Israel and in the State of Palestine, to serve as guarantees for each nation. ---The fact is that the more Israel gains more defensible borders, the less defensible will be Palestine’s borders. Just look at the maps where Israel has established large fortified settler establishments. Palestine is nearly cut in two, just as Israel nearly was. ---At least there might be some pause in those non-negotiating stances by both Israeli and Palestine of “right of return,” “defensible borders,” “settlements stay” and “all of Jerusalem is ours.” This stuff is just playing to the passions of each of its own people. (---As far as Netanyahu's speech to Congress, I thought it was clever, but the same old demagoguery we hear from the Middle East. All just opinion, of course.
May 25, 2011
The Prime Minister's speech clarified the issues enormously. For instance, PM Netanyahu referenced functioning Palestinian cities, shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants, banks and E-business. If such an infrastructure already exists, then there is a viable economic model for the Palestinian people. PM Netanyahu wants to hear President Abbas say "I will accept a Jewish State. " Beyond this, we would need a separate article to analyze PM Netanyahu's address to the Congress.
May 25, 2011
Very thorough analysis of the issues surrounding these nations in the Middle East. Did the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address all these issues in his speech or only some?
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