Friday, 13 March 2015



As informed readers will know Israel is a couple of days away from a general election. As in any democracy,in the heat of the election  both left and right are  making assumptions on who would be best to make Israel strong or on the left make peace with the Palestinians .

Israel has a string of domestic issues which need, in my humble opinion,to be addressed as priorities over any peace conference: as for Iran then if that country poses a threat it should be dealt with by Israel, rather than begging the US to do it for Israel.

However on the subject matter of peace, I'm pretty much relaxed over what will happen. No Israeli gov't will be able to come to any kind of comprehensive peace at the expense of security or the survival of the Jewish state. Why? Because as long as there are in effect 2 arab Palestinian states one of which is controlled by a vicious terrorist group, who  are dedicated to Israel's destruction then there can be no peace. On the west bank, Israel cannot withdraw without it becoming a new Gaza and Abbas has been nothing but intransigent. 

I recall the time when Clinton negotiated the last serious attempts at peace. Arafat got everything he could possibly have got-including control of east Jerusalem- and he walked away. Then we had the wave of terrorism which forced Israel to build a security barrier to stop this and save lives.  And this was supposed to be the moderate Arabs, not Hamas.  From that moment on I personally became utterly convinced that Arab Palestine would never come to peace with Israel, because the leadership is unappeasable  and has no care for its own people: jihad or secular terrorism is far more important. 

I really do want and pray for peace, but it simply won't happen until Hamas is gone and the Palestinian leadership is ready to negotiate in good faith.I have no idea about what this would be like,  probably a self governing west bank, which Israel has suren auren but sadly I simply don't see peace  anytime soon.

 However this doesn't  mean we should feel depressed or downbeat. May we continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem as ever:

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; May they prosper that love thee. 
Peace be within thy walls, And prosperity within thy palaces"

[Psalm chapter 122: 6-7]


  1. Garnel Ironheart13 March 2015 at 13:54

    One has to have a bigger view of the situation.
    Until Jews starting returning en masse to Israel there was no such thing as Palestine or a Palestinian people. Until 1967 "Palestine" was the pre-Six Day Way Israel. Until Israel retook the Temple Mount only one Arab leader ever visited "the third holiest place in Islam" and the mosques were in a state of general disrepair.
    There will be no peace because this isn't about two peoples in one land, it's about the Muslim world using the so-called Palestinians as a weapon against Israel.

  2. Hi David

    Haven't you got the title misspelled? Agree with the article in so much as I just can't get the vibe for peace.

  3. Garnel

    I wouldn't dissent from any of what you write. I use the term Palestinian as a descriptive only, rather than acknowledging any kind of nationhood or nation state. As I said when I watched Arafat get everything he wanted (more than I even Clinton thought he should get) and then walk away for terrorism, was the day I realised the peace process was a joke and not worth it .

    When I refer to peace, I mean when the terrorists stop or are stopped and the Palestinians/Arabs/Martians accept a Jewish state. The west bank, Judea and Samaria will doubtless continue to be controlled by Israel with Arabs been given a form of home rule or residency, but that they , along with the so called refugees given a right or citizenship to live in Jordan or other Arab countries as full citizens of those countries (Jordan is the Palestinian state). Or Egypt can conceed some territory and along with Gaza becomes a Palestine state, where the Arabs can all go and be Palestinians or whatever they wish to be called.

  4. Hannah

    It's like 'normalcy'.

    All im thinking is that even if the Zionist union get in, they can't so too much damage.

  5. Here's a novel idea - how about Jewish-Israelis live as equal citizens with Palestinians in a democratic, secular state of Palestine?Why do they need a racist, supremacist state for Jews-only? Being anti-Zionist means you oppose the settler-colonial project and not the presence of Jewish-Israelis in Palestine.


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