Netanyahu Wins and Israel Loses

Netanyahu Wins and Israel Loses March 19, 2015

Israel held elections Tuesday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won his fourth term in a surprising, last-minute turn of events. Friday polls showed that Hertzog and his Zionist Union party were leading among voters and therefore poised to win an upset victory. But the crafty Netanyahu stooped to low-down politics in the last hours of the campaign by announcing that there would be no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during his watch if he remained prime minister. This overturning of his speech in June, 2009, in which he adopted the two-state solution for the first time in his political career, garnered the necessary far-right votes that he needed to win the election.

New York Times op-ed columnist Thomas L. Friedman had a must-read article yesterday entitled “Netanyahu Will Make History.” He usually has a good read on things, especially Israel politics. He says Netanyahu winning the Israel election Tuesday moves Israel toward a one state solution regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will threaten its democracy. How so? For details, see Friedman’s article.

Netanyahu’s win further sours his miserable relationship with U.S. President Barak Obama. I think President Obama will now turn to endorsing UN and European Union viewpoints on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And watch what the International Criminal Court now does. All of this bodes ill for the near future of the State of Israel. A two-state solution is the only way to successfully solve this problem. But the particular, and only, two-state solution that has been touted for the past almost fifty years by both Palestinians and the international community has been wrong-headed. There needs to be another two-state solution put forth.

I think the best alternative is the New Philistia solution that I have been proposing ever since 1990, when my book was published. It’s title tells it all: Palestine Is Coming: The Revival of Ancient Philistia. What is this proposal? Let Israel have all of the West Bank, and let the Palestinians have all of the coastal plain south of Tel Aviv to the Wadi el Arish, which is “the land of the Phlistines” we read about in the Bible. The result would be a very expanded Gaza Strip. See the image on the front cover of my book.

To further support this proposal, I think Palestinians should declare themselves to be descendants mostly from the ancient Philistines. You say, “Palestinians are not Philistines?” How do you know that? The question is not about being full-blooded Philistines. People call themselves “Jews” who may have only 25% genetic link to Jews or less. And take “blacks.” The question is about what racial link is dominant if there is one. I think the Palestinian people generally have a stronger genetic link to the ancient Phlilistines than to any other ancient people group, including the ancient Canaanites and Egyptians. I also think this might be proved in the future with DNA.

After Palestinians declare themselves to be descendants predominantly from the ancient Philistines, they should then call for the implementation of Israel’s Proclamation of Independence. That brief document has never been implemented. It declares that Jews have a “right to a life of dignity, freedom and honest toil in their ancestral land,” which is implicitly identified as “Eretz-Yisrael” (land of Israel). Throughout most of ancient history, the land of Israel did not include the land of the Philistines, a people who were the arch-rivals of the Hebrew people during antiquity.

Of course, this proposal requires a transfer of peoples. Yes, it will cost some money to do this. But it will be a true side-by-side two-state solution, whereas the West Bank-Gaza entity for a Palestinian state will not. Furthermore, Palestinians would then own a coastline about eighty miles long that will be equal to that of the New Israel, which would not really be “new” but be the Old Israel, which certainly included all of the West Bank, the very heartland of ancient Israel. Then, Palestinians would realize wealth from the oil and gas deposits in the Mediterranean Sea. And that would not compromise Israel’s current discoveries out there, which are north. This land arrangement will be better for both Jews and Palestinians, and the two countries would be much more defensible. So, its a win-win for both peoples. To me, it’s a NO BRAINER!

 

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  • Kay

    The problem with this idea is that Israel will compromise to give land to the Palestinians/Philistines, and it will not be enough for this people. They will want more land. They do not want Israel to exist, at all. They will not be appeased, but encouraged to take more, fight more, terrorize more. Ask President Obama if he wants Israel to exist… privately, he will admit, no, they should not have been given the land to become a nation in 1948. His mission is to right that original wrong (in his opinion). A dangerous thing to side with evil… and our nation no longer can define it, because we have become it.

    • kzarley

      1. You don’t know the history. Jews were not “given” land to establish the State of Israel. There was a war and they won. And in my proposal, Israel gains as much land as the West Bank, thus it does not “give” more land to the Palestinians than it receives.
      2. You are wrong to characterize all Palestinians like that. Polls show that most Palestinians want their own state and recognize Israel. They know there will be no Palestinian state and peace otherwise.

  • RJ Golf

    Let me start by saying I was at the London Hunt Club in 1970 and saw Kermit Zarley win the Canadian Open. A well-deserved victory Kermit! I have to admit I really was hoping that Canadian amateur Gary Cowan would pull it off but, he crumbled in round four under the pressure of his national open. The win happened in early July, a much better date than the current Canadian Open which has lost a lot of status on the PGA tour since they shunted its placement in the schedule to a very poor date.

    In any event Kermit, I respectfully suggest that your proposal for a two state solution is interesting but simply not helpful. Until the Israelis and Palestinians willingly sit down and negotiate an acceptable arrangement, none of these “solutions” matter. In fact, I think they tend to politicize the debate even more and create further divisions that don’t help. I don’t care how long it takes but I do believe all diplomacy should be focused on getting the two sides to sit down and negotiate a deal. Remember, all past history aside, another generation of young Israelis and Palestinians are being raised in a dangerous and divided place. There has to be a point where for the sake of the youngest, the two sides will try real peace.

    • kzarley

      I don’t think you are being clear. You seem to be saying Israeli Jews and Palestinians have not sat down together and discussed their conflict. That would be quite wrong and reveal that you don’t know much about this history. Although their peace process is dead right now, it has been ongoing for decades. You say untill they “negotiate an acceptable arrangement, none of these ‘solutions’ matter.” That doesn’t make sense. To negotiate an acceptable arrangement is solving the conflict, thus arriving at a solution.