Confederation of Israel and Palestine

By Michael J. Stern

A CONFIDENTIAL MEMO TO

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL

PRIME MINISTER OF PALESTINE

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA

PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS

TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, PALESTINE

THEIR ALLIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

 

On behalf of many millions of Israelis, Palestinians, Arabs and Jews throughout the Middle East, I thank you for your brave leadership in this time of crises.

We now all face a political vacuum. The terrorist Palestinian Authority has refused to disarm terror groups, refused to demand “cease fire” from Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad, and has reduced the “Roadmap” to absurdity. It is clear not only that Chairman Arafat is not a partner for peace, but the entire PA is a terrorist body, which needs to be replaced so that new leadership can emerge from Palestine.

It is time for Israel to move on beyond the Palestinian Authority. As was suggested to me by a leading Palestinian over fifteen years ago, Israel needs to advocate and establish immediately a Confederation of Israel and Palestine. This new political animal will rule over all Palestinian populated areas until Final Status talks are completed (in years or decades from now).

The CIP should completely control all areas of life: the security situation, the policing of daily life, the economic and social services, the education of Palestinian Arab population and the foreign relations between Palestinian Arabs and the rest of the world. In every police car, in every school, at every meeting, at every office, two flags should be displayed side by side. Every police car, every social office, every educational institution should be staffed equally by Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. Wherever possible, we should recruit Israeli Arabs to assist in education, social rehabilitation and economic recovery of the Arab areas. At the end of a negotiated and agreed period of time (5 or 10 years, for example) Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza should then be able to vote for

(1)

permanent association with Israel – in some sort of bi-national statehood, or:

(2)

complete independence, or:

(3)

something in between, much like the example of Puerto Rico and the USA. Borders, the development of institutions and democracy can all be established and developed during the life of CIP.

The most important factor involved in this new institution is that both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs will decide all aspects of life. Law to replace the hatred and incitement, which has been the policy of the PA for the last few decades, will establish peaceful coexistence, the only solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. As Israelis, we cannot merely remove our troops from their positions in the West Bank in order to restore the corrupt Palestinian leadership. This can only lead to yet more deaths of innocent lives on both sides. Alternatively, we can involve the governments of Jordan and Egypt to provide a multi-national administrative body to oversee implementation of the above ideas.

We can explain to the world, that we are ending the “occupation” in order to give Palestinians a new life, a new social and economic objective, that of peace and progress based on joint efforts of two people to life and work together. This plan will work. The Palestinian Authority and its hate-filled leaders can be removed once and for all, for peace and justice for both peoples. The time to implement this change is NOW.

Finally, Israel must realize that both the UN and the world news media are virtual enemies of the Jewish State. Both have ignored the suffering of Israelis over the last 19 months. The response should be to remove all UN organizations from the West Bank and Gaza. We should demand that the $100 million raised by the recent Saudi telethon be used to re house Jenin residents, and we should close ALL REFUGEE CAMPS within one year, and resettle the residents. These residents have been pawns used by politicians to maintain the bogus “Return of Refugees” issue. If Palestinian refugees have any claim at all, then Israeli Jews from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Morocco, Yemen and Tunisia have the same claims. I’m sure that these governments are not about to reimburse decedents of these emigrants or to restore their lands.

I appeal to all persons in positions of political and economic power to seriously consider my proposal and find administrators of sensitivity and respect who can implement the necessary changes. Thank you for your consideration.

MJS


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