For Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Start from Scratch

(National Review) Mario Loyola - A two-state solution may be the right ultimate goal, but given the circumstances of today's Middle East, a negotiated settlement leading to a two-state solution is simply impossible. When Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, the territory immediately became a terrorist safe haven and a platform for missile terrorism. If the same thing happens in the West Bank, which straddles Jerusalem on three sides and abuts most of Israel's population, it will be the end of Israel. Settlements are not the reason that the two-state solution is "now in jeopardy," as Secretary of State John Kerry put it in his speech last week. There is only one reason the two-state solution is in jeopardy, and that is Muslim terrorism against innocent Jews, which is also the only reason for the harsh security measures imposed in the territories. A century of terrorism by Muslims against the Jews of Palestine - at first organic, then incited by the Soviets, and now propelled by political Islam - is the essence of this conflict and the only reason that it persists. The writer, a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, is a former adviser in the U.S. Senate and at the Pentagon.

2017-01-05 00:00:00

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