Gary Curtis | Pray for Peace in the Holy Land

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Peace with the Palestinians for the Jewish High Holy Days?

“Squad” member, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, who is Palestinian-American and the only member of Congress who opposes Israel’s self-definition as a Jewish state, introduced a resolution in May that would make Palestinian Nakba (“Catastrophe”) Day a national observance. The resolution promotes the false narrative that Israel’s statehood in 1948 prevented Palestinian Arabs from achieving independence. 

More recently Tlaib, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, claimed Israel has an “apartheid system” and that U.S. policies toward it must change, along with those of “progressives” who are pro-Israel.

Unquestionably, the “two-state solution” for Jews and Palestinians is complex and unlikely to happen under current Palestinian leadership. You see, it was in fact Arab refusal to accept the U.N. Partition Plan of “two states for two peoples” that created the problem. Jordanian and Egyptian monarchs stole the land designated by the U.N. for Palestinians — Transjordan, on the eastern side of the Jordan River and the Negev — for their own purposes, creating perpetual generations of victims among the Palestinians.

I say this based on a review of a convincing, fact-based paid editorial, called “The Palestinian Catastrophe,” which recently ran in U.S. newspapers and other media. It spells out how entrenched Arab Palestinian leaders have outright refused various co-existent, “land-for-peace” arrangements for decades!

Until the Palestinian leaders love their grandchildren more than they hate Jews and are willing to renounce the same deal-breaking demands that have halted two-state solutions for generations, genuine peace initiatives are bound to fail. That’s the real “catastrophe” in the Middle East, today.

Until Palestinian dictatorships (1) abandon the so-called right of return of millions of their post-1948 descendants, (2) accept the Jewish state, (3) agree to stop all aggression toward Israel once peace is negotiated — and (4) above all, relinquish their obsession to “drive all Jews into the sea” — no genuine peace solution is possible with the Palestinians.

At this Jewish “High Holy Days” season, let us all pray for peace in the Holy Land!

Gary Curtis


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