This was my post in the The Times of Israel today in response to an article entitled: UN Troops Flee Across Golan Border Into Israel To Escape Syrian Rebels
It was a good (compassionate) thing that Israel offered a safe haven to UN “Peacekeepers” in the Golan Heights on the Syrian border, potentially saving their lives from the “rebel groups” fighting against the Syrian government who had apparently encircled them.
Somehow I believe Israel would open its doors to most people who were in a similar situation even if it were Arabs who were about to be decimated by these intolerant “rebel groups.” I don’t believe the same thing would happen if the roles were reversed.
Also, I don’t believe that the UN is against Israel as one person (in a related post) stated – it was the UN that created Israel.Clearly many people support Israel’s recent war – the tunnels/rockets had to go. Israel is sick and tired of the same irreconcilable battles/wars with the PLO et al. People however react with shock when they see that 300-400 Palestinian children were among the “collateral damage.”
Palestinian support for Hamas was ill-considered, unfortunate, desperate and self-destructive. Hamas is not the solution.
The extremism began even before 1948 when Palestinians should have been more tolerant and shared the whole territory with Israel by approving the UN proposed two-state solution or similar offered at that time. But no, even as the Jewish Holocaust was ongoing there seemed to have been little or no Arab/ Palestinian sympathy and, instead, only an Arab/Palestinian rejection of more Jewish immigrants – even of Jews who headed to Palestine after escaping from Europe’s Nazis/Facists/Anti-Semites.
The Palestinian rejection of a shared territory in 1948 with subsequent Pan-Arab threats of another holocaust only made things much worse for Palestinians and for Israelis with extremism and intolerance prevalent on both sides.
The only way to a positive end would be if the PLO faced reality, joined Israel in a step-by-step positive association and aggressively prosecuted its extremists for it is the extremists who are compromising and in fact destroying the Palestinian future.
Sure, Palestinians should have their own country but not if that means this persistent terrorizing of Israel. This will never yield a positive result. Give it up!
Israel has given many concessions after winning wars started by Arabs in the last 60 years or so. Few countries have ever voluntarily given back territory annexed in wars. Israel has done this.
The Palestinians need to control their extremists or there will never be a two-state solution – just a vast prison such as Gaza or, if that situation becomes impossible for Israel, then perhaps even more extreme measures would be implemented. If that extremist segment of Palestinians refuse to share the land – both sides obviously have historical claims – then perhaps they could find another home land – across the Suez for instance.
(Sorry for the long link -short one doesn’t work). Full story in Times of Israel at: http://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-rebels-attack-un-peacekeepers-in-the-golan/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=2c5b0dab84-2014_08_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-2c5b0dab84-54477137