Letter: A Future for Israel

Dear Letter to the Editor:

Hamas has made it abundantly clear that it intends to inflict repeated October 7s on Israeli civilians (the Hamas Charter proclaims that Israel will exist until Muslims destroy it). (Column: A Future for Israel? BJN December 1, 2023) Prime Minister Netanyahu has outlined the action necessary to protect Israel and her people. Hamas must be dismantled and Gaza must be demilitarized. Furthermore, the Palestinians, who’ve been fed generations of anti-Jewish rhetoric, must be deradicalized.

Step One of these processes necessitates that Israel retain security control of Gaza until Israel decides it is safe to step back. Yet, Israel does not relish the thought of trying to govern a sizable population of Palestinians who’ve been taught that killing Jews is a Muslim’s ticket to Heaven. Retired IDF Colonel, Dr. Reuven Gal, has suggested an alternative — split Gaza and the areas under Palestinian Authority control in Judea and Samaria into separate regions to be administered by the Arab countries in the Abraham Accords, with the backing and oversight of Western powers, working toward the goal of building societies in which the Palestinians could become productive citizens, willing to be good neighbors to the Jewish state and Jewish people, and able to build a better future for their own children. Amid chaos, a call to redefine victory: A new strategy for peace? – The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)

It would be wonderful if this process would also result in seeing that the 6,000,000 Palestine refugees (99.5% of them born into refugee status) on UNRWA’s rolls would be allowed to reintegrate into the Arab countries or Palestinian-administered areas where the UNRWA camps are located. The camps are said to provide excellent (albeit antisemitic) education, so reintegration would be a win-win situation. The “refugees” would be deradicalized and could contribute to building the future Palestinian entity. The UN funds now used to keep Palestinians in limbo could be redirected to resettling current refugees who’ve been driven from their homes by natural disasters or political strife. Expose the Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Scam – WSJ

Toby F. Block
Atlanta, GA

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