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Monday, September 08, 2014

Palestinians Refuse Offer of State Larger than Gaza & West Bank!

Yet it is getting almost no press coverage!!!  How is that possible??!!!

Arutz Sheva is a right wing media outlet in Israel that has a small but loyal following of mostly right wing readers.  As a result, it is largely marginalized by the rest of the Israeli media community and considered by many to be a mouthpiece for a lunatic fringe.

But occasionally, Arutz Sheva reports on stories that are not only of no interest to the rest of the media community, but which those media outlets want to actively bury or ignore.  That's one of the main reasons I stop by there to peruse the headlines during my daily slog through the interwebs.

This morning a story on Arutz Sheva caught my eye. It caught my eye for the simple reason that it is a story that should be plastered across the headlines of every major news outlet in the world, yet inexplicably isn't.  This story is IMHO, quite simply, the most ground breaking story to hit the Middle East in the last 40 years!

For years I've been saying that 'the occupation' that the world has been laying at Israel's feet, is a result of a war that was forced on Israel by several of her neighbors.  How is it that none of these same neighbors - especially the neighbors with whom we have peace treaties - are being asked to help create a solution?

Well, Egypt just stepped up and offered to solve the Palestinian problem in one grand move... and nobody but little right wing lunatic fringe Arutz Sheva is reporting it!

According to the story, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi offered up a huge chunk of the Sinai peninsula adjacent to Gaza in which the Palestinians could establish a state that would be five times larger than Gaza and provide them with more land than if they created a state in the entire West Bank!

Palestinian communities in the West Bank would remain (no transfer of population!!!) and would retain their current autonomy and would be administered by the Palestinian Government of their their new state.

In return for receiving this Gaza-Sinai Palestinian state, the Palestinians would have to give up the so-called 'Right of Return' of refugees to Israel, as well as the demand that Israel return to the 1947 ceasefire lines, and agree to be demilitarized.

If such a plan were to be brought to fruition, the Palestinians would end up with the ample land, ports and location to be able to create a Levant Riviera boasting world class beach resorts, prime cruise destinations and some of the best fishing and scuba diving in the world, not to mention enough space to become a key agricultural supplier to southern Europe!  

Not only that, but given the existence of natural gas and other fossil / mineral reserves in Sinai, there is a good chance that some of this could be exploited by the new Palestinian state.

Both the US and Israeli governments were made aware of the Egyptian offer, and both gave the plan their go-ahead.  Yet Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer out of hand.  

But aside from a little blurb in Arutz Sheva, nobody is talking about it!

How is it that such a historic offer and such a historic refusal have not gotten any meaningful media coverage?

Could it be that the perpetuation of the problem and the resulting vilification of Israel is preferable to creating a regional solution to a problem that has been festering for 70 years?!

Posted by David Bogner on September 8, 2014 | Permalink

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I don't know the answer, as I posted this info last week:
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/abbas-refused-offer-to-resettle-refugees-in-sinai/2014/09/04/

Posted by: Yehudit | Sep 8, 2014 11:39:32 AM

No, everyone LOVES to spread news when it comes from the IDF. But unfortunately, journos/ME embeds/ME "specialists" who don't bother to speak/write/understand Hebrew and/or Arabic come in abundance.
Israeli-English sources brought it, also some other small outlets, and it looks like the story is sort of breaking through today. The translators have woken up.

Posted by: a. | Sep 8, 2014 11:44:01 AM

...and the first Egypt commentary (to Mena) is out: "Not true!"

Posted by: a. | Sep 8, 2014 12:26:08 PM

May Ipost this on facebook?

Posted by: chairwoman | Sep 8, 2014 12:42:43 PM

chairwoman... be my guest!

Posted by: treppenwitz | Sep 8, 2014 1:45:14 PM

I remember reading of a similar plan suggested by a British Jew,Henriques,in the 1950`s. At its core,the dispute is really about the legitimacy of Israel,not a Pal state,or the occupation.

Posted by: ED | Sep 8, 2014 6:44:10 PM

I know this isn't a perfect parallel, but still:

Imagine Jews yearned to establish a state in the heart of what they view as their ancestral homeland? What if someone offered them another land for their homeland? Would they jump at the chance? Would they give up on their dream of their state being in Eretz Yisrael, rather than... Uganda?

How is this so different?

Posted by: dstaum | Sep 8, 2014 6:45:08 PM

Here is the answer:
The inconvenient truth is that the myth of the "Palestinian people" and their non-existent nation was invented to gave world powers an excuse for not allowing Jewish settlement of Israel in the 1920's, 30's and 40's and to give the world an excuse to let the Arabs attack Israel over and over again following the 1948 declaration of independence. Refugees anywhere in the world cannot transfer their status to their children who must be given citizenship in the country they're born in. The only exception are the so-called Palestinians who, wherever they are born, are denied citizenship and become refugees. In this way they remain a propaganda weapon against Israel.
Creating an actual state of Palestine while leaving Israel intact removes their function as a weapon. Those who wish to see Israel's destruction, including the leaders of the so-called Palestinians, don't want that to happen. A functioning country where the so-called Palestinians would be responsible for their own fate? Ha!

Posted by: Garnel Ironheart | Sep 8, 2014 10:55:35 PM

ED... The difference is that the Jewish people had no connection whatsoever to Uganda. You can;t turn over a rock in Israel without finding some archaeological evidence that Jews have been here for thousands of years. I'm not saying that many of the people calling themselves Palestinians don't have family roots going back centuries or even millennium. But as a people, they have far more in cultural, linguistic ties with the Egyptians of Sinai and the Jordanians than they do with the Jews of Israel. And there isn't a single artifact ever found here that shows an identifiable Palestinian people ever existed on the land they claim we stole from them. Bottom line. This plan isn't making anyone leave their homes. It is offering a state for displaced people who are living in refugee camps around the region. If they want it, of course.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Sep 9, 2014 6:27:54 PM

hmmm. could it be because no one takes the offer seriously?

Posted by: dave | Sep 9, 2014 7:47:34 PM

Israel, please: stop offering the Palestinians anything. It's like getting down on the floor with a dog -- they get confused and anxious and start acting weird.

NOTE: I am using the word "dog" here, because I have a dog, not due to any wish to (overly) insult any Semitic/Arabic persons who may read this.

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Oct 2, 2014 1:57:58 AM

Forgive the belated post, but I wanted to add that I certainly saw news about this in a mainstream U.S. news outlet, as well as on BBC World, although it was only a one day story. And while I share the surprise that this offer, even though dismissed by the Palestinians, wasn't given more visible coverage in the Western and Israeli press, I must recognize that I don't know what coverage it received in the Arab and other non-western press either, and I note that this post makes no mention of such coverage.

Knowing the level and tone of such coverage would certainly be instructive, particularly because such an offer goes directly to the macro-issues that a potential Palestinian state would face that mirror those still so often vexing to the Israeli polity; i.e. questions of secularity, ethnicity, economic independence, etc. My instinct tells me the offer fell on Palestinian ears as had those naive but semi-serious suggestions that were occasionally made pre-1947, that if there were to be a Jewish homeland nation state, better it be in a location well away from Palestine, somewhere in a larger, more geographically advantaged place (as if designating such a location could have been any less problematic!). Yet my other instinct, as one who can ultimately see no other viable path than acceptance by both sides of a two state reality, is that it was, as the post notes, actually an historic offer worthy of broader media coverage and governmental comment.

Posted by: Peter | Jan 5, 2015 8:44:26 AM

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