Dear Mr. President:
Please indulge me the opportunity to present a, to my
knowledge, novel proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian
A Palestinian State made up of Gaza and 2/3 of the
Sinai Penninsula, with the Arab areas of the West Bank
continuing a policy of limited local soveriegnty.
We have two competing interests here:
1. The interest of the Palestinian Arabs to have "a
home of their own." National self-determination, etc.
2. The security interests of Israel.
In the current paradigm, these interests are virtually
But they don't have to be.
The Sinai is not a heavily populated area. It is
already "legally" demiliterized, if not factually so.
It is contiguous with Gaza, where the majority of
Palestinian Arabs live.
If Egypt could be convinced (ie. money and weapons),
for the good of their Arab Bretheren, to, along with
Israel, give some of the land they control, a large
part of the Sinai, over to a new (and stricktly
monitored from the outside) Palestinian State, the
Arabs there would at least have a state to call their
own, even if parts of the land that they want so badly
would not be included.
This would have several tactical benefits.
(1) it would call the Palestinians on their bluff -
what do they want more, a national homeland, or the
destruction of Israel.
(2) Palestinian refugees in other nations would have a
place to return to.
(3) Egypt, which has its own problem with Muslim
Fundamentalists, would have a place to deport them to.
(4) It would allow the US and World to keep tabs on
some of the most dangerous international terrorists by
having many of them in one, limited, space.
(5) It would also call the Arab nations bluff as too
how much they want to help their brothers.
(6) It would avoid the issue of Israeli strategic Self
defense, as the West Bank is the major issue there,
Gaza is virtually unimportant.
(7) It would prevent Sharon from making more
incursions into Gaza, which raise tensions among our
As to the West Bank, certainly Palestinains who wished
to move to the new state of Palestine would have an
Israel like "right of return."
The rest of the Area would be annexed by Israel,
subject to Oslo like autonomy provisions over the
mainly Arab areas of the West Bank, and Israel
offering citizenship to all Arab residents who wish to
remain in Israel as opposed to relocate to Palestine
(certainly Israel would offer economic incentives to
move...including compensation for land at above market
rates...and certainly the world would pledge its aid
to helping build this new state and giving each new
family its version of "four acres and a mule.")
Please consider this proposal.
It would be a bold move by the United States, and one
that might have some hope of peacefully resolving the