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The Arab-Israeli Conflict & an Alternative Middle East Peace

The Arab-Israeli Conflict & an Alternative Middle East Peace

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The length of this essay originally started its life as a letter to a political lobbyist/analyst, but with a few slight alterations, additional detail was integrated into the text to provide the necessary literary reinforcement for the sole purpose of consolidating a well-rounded disposition. The subject matter of this essay is explained in the title. It is ultimately contested that a practical and pragmatic approach must be taken in order to achieve a feasible and practical medium of peace within the Middle East. The lessening of politicized dogma and ideological extremism will go a long way in ensuring the full transgression of an equilaterally inclined peace that is in itself unique as a differentiating alternative to the conventional geo-political norm that is all too familiar throughout the greater Middle East.
The length of this essay originally started its life as a letter to a political lobbyist/analyst, but with a few slight alterations, additional detail was integrated into the text to provide the necessary literary reinforcement for the sole purpose of consolidating a well-rounded disposition. The subject matter of this essay is explained in the title. It is ultimately contested that a practical and pragmatic approach must be taken in order to achieve a feasible and practical medium of peace within the Middle East. The lessening of politicized dogma and ideological extremism will go a long way in ensuring the full transgression of an equilaterally inclined peace that is in itself unique as a differentiating alternative to the conventional geo-political norm that is all too familiar throughout the greater Middle East.

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Published by: Omar Alansari-Kreger on Oct 21, 2012
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Voices for Intellectual IndependenceThe Arab-Israeli Conflict & an Alternative Middle East Peace
-A Critical Dialectic Approach to Mid-East Peace- 
Omar Alansari-Kreger
In regards to issues that relate to the traditional animosities that have freelythrived all around the Arab world (referring to Arab hatred toward the State of Israel) itbecomes clearly evident that the initial vibe for such animosities have defined the widelyaccepted social psychology all throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In essence,these animosities are historically rooted which can be traced back to the establishmentof the State of Israel occurring in 1948. There were already millions of Palestinian Arabswho had inhibited the area in which the British recognized as the monotheistic HolyLand; immediately after World War Two, the Zionist Movement acted on what theyrecognized as a once in a lifetime opportunity to declare the State of Israel with the fullsupport of the international community. Such an end was not too difficult to achievebecause the holocaust was just yesterday's memory and international sympathy wentout to the Jews who did not even exist as a race in continental Europe anymore(respective of that timeframe). The creation of Israel did not happen immediately after the war, rather an intense civil war had raged between the Palestinian Arabs and theZionist settlers who immigrated to the Holy Land to establish and restore the State of Israel as it was territorially known in what much of the Judeo-Christian world recognizesas its ancient platform.Once the creation of Israel was achieved, millions of Palestinians were expelledfrom their villages, cities, and farms in which their families were living for centuries. Inthis sense, they were essentially forced to leave their homes at gunpoint which createdthe first major wave of Palestinian refugees. Pan Arabism is a sentiment that has beenwidely felt among Arabs for centuries and it resembles the mentality of NATO; this beingan attack on one is an attack on all. Immediately, after the declaration of Israel by DavidBen Guerin (interestingly enough, Albert Einstein was offered to be Israel's firstpresident in which he turned down due to his disconnection from anything related toextreme nationalistic inclinations), all of the surrounding Arab nations vowed to destroyIsrael immediately after its creation; this was a sentiment that was largely purported bythe pan-Arab solidarity movement and successive Arab-Israeli Wars would follow whichwould include Israel's war for independence in 1948, the 1967 Israeli surprise attack onEgypt, Syria, and Jordan in which the mainstream military forces of all three nations
 
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were virtually destroyed in the aftermath, and the war of 1973 where the Arab militaryforces (excluding Jordan) made a comeback enabling the Egyptians to recapture theSinai, but the Syrians lost the Golan Heights.Now, there was obviously a dogmatic and psychological build up that led to theroad to war and in the aftermath of all three, the deeply embedded scars are still there.During the Arab-Israeli wars, volunteers from nearly every Arab nation arrived to fightwith either the Egyptians or Syrians in an effort to support the war against Israel. Thesentiment of pan-Arab solidarity derives as a major driving force which leads to thecondemnation of Israel; in addition, it is not like Israel is an innocent victim. Israel isessentially the most militarized nation on the face of this planet (even women mustserve a mandatory two year period in the defense forces). There have been far toomany hardliners that have been shaping and governing Israel since its creation and thishas often led to a brutal war of attrition against the Palestinian Arabs in the occupiedterritories. So, where does this bring us? The Palestinians feel as if they have beenrobbed of their national livelihoods, the surrounding Arab nations lost their own lives andresources in their respective wars against Israel, and the Zionists feel ideologically justified because they felt entitled to international restitution immediately after WorldWar Two combined together with the belief that it is their divine right to return to theHoly Land.Even worse, the geo-political situation has not improved since the 1973 war, thehatred/animosities are still there on both sides, and every time Israel launches anincursion here or an airstrike there, even more hatred and contempt is created which isthen geared toward Israel and what it stands for as a nation. Obviously, the situation isvery tense and often times, the incumbent Arab governments up-play the Israeli-Palestinian issue so that their own people will focus more on that particular strugglerather than the widespread corruption and misappropriated use of power that isoccurring in their own respective nations. This has created a propaganda machine thatis put into place by the incumbent power structures and governments throughout thegreater Arab world. All the while, their own populations suffer from massiveunemployment and astronomical inflation; the situation in Egypt is a pristine example.Beneath this system, the general population is essentially propagandized to buy into thefact that life is tough simply because the Israelis continue to exist on the map. When thepeople concentrate their national attention spans on the many shortcomings and socialinjustices that exist from within their own nation, then a revolution is sparked; this isessentially what had happened during the Arab Spring. Once the people began torealize that their problems were much bigger than the Palestine-Israel crisis, they tookaction by revolting, but of course there are also clandestine forces that were at workwhich triggered the Arab Spring right from the get go; however, that is an entirelydifferent subject matter to address.
 
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So, as we can see, the Palestine-Israel crisis is very tense which has beenattributable to the fact that numerous lives have been lost, open genocide has beencommitted, entire races/nations have been undermined, and the situation does notseem to be making significant progress towards peace whatsoever. On the Palestinianside of the spectrum, their own people are divided into two different camps whichinclude those who are totally insensitive to the plight of their people/cause and thosewho are radically extreme. In retrospect to what monotheism teaches us, it has beenmandated by Almighty God that the Jews will in fact re-establish themselves in the HolyLand toward the end of days; it seems that the vast majority of people (this analogy isnot specifically limited to the Arabs) are not even able to establish this simpleconnection that is stated in their own religions (at least those of us who subscribe to amonotheistic religion). Simultaneously, so many extremists/zealots love to pride their own egos on being overly religious than the other guy which highlights an immensecontradiction! So, the ultimate culprits are public obliviousness, propagandized trendsthat are not even based on reason, common ignorance, and rhetorical hypocrisy. Now,any fair balanced or peace loving individual will NOT be a fan of Israeli militarism or Palestinian suicide bombers for that matter, but a practical, pragmatic, and reasonableapproach needs to be taken in order to address this grave situation. Let's face it, thePalestinians are not going to drive the Zionists back into the Eastern Mediterranean (the Arab nations already tried doing that on three different occasions) and Israeli nationalsare not going to suddenly decide to immigrate back to the nations where their grandparents came from immediately after World War Two.The Israelis do not have it all wrong whatsoever; they have a progressive socialinfrastructure, universal health care, a proactive education system that engages theentire population (Israel retains the highest number of PHD degrees per capita on theplanet), government transparency (of course corruption does thrive within the halls of the Israeli government), and a genuine democratic process. The combination of all fiveis the envy of every Arab nation and the vast majority (with the exception of the eliteGulf Arab nations) do not even marginally compare when put into perspective with their 
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adversary”. A rather radical suggestive solution insists that the Palestinian Arabs
and Israelis must take it upon themselves to merge together beneath the banner of asingle form of sovereignty; the Israelis are already living with Arabs in their own midst(they are known as Israeli-Arabs) who receive the same treatment and rights as theydo.This new nation would deter extremist dogma, embrace the diversity of the other in a way where both would recognize the right of the other party to exist, devise aneconomic system that would engage both nationalities in an interlocking mechanism,and ultimately maintain a sustaining peace encouraging the continuation of such aradical experiment. In turn, the Arab brethren of the Palestinians can then focus on the

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