Hamas not part of solution

LETTER

Re. Israel-Palestine conflict

There are two issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that should be identified before there can be any informed discussion.

The first is the existential question of the right of the Jewish people to a state in the land of Israel. The second is the issue of post-1967 settlements.

The Jewish people are descendants of Beni-Yisrael, Hebrew-speaking, Bedouin tribespeople of the lands of Judea and Samaria.

All Beni-Yisrael, Jews and non-Jews alike, are the indigenous people of that land.

The post-1967 issue is the one that should focus the mind of anyone interested in Middle East peace. Contrary to the latest New Zealand-sponsored United Nations Resolution, Israel should not shoulder all the blame for the continuing conflict.

Before any peace can be contemplated, there needs to be a united and credible voice for the Palestinian people who firmly believe in a two-state solution. It certainly isn’t Hamas, whose brutal takeover of Gaza and refusal to acknowledge the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, guarantees no end to the conflict.

Phil Dreifuss

Re. Israel-Palestine conflict

There are two issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that should be identified before there can be any informed discussion.

The first is the existential question of the right of the Jewish people to a state in the land of Israel. The second is the issue of post-1967 settlements.

The Jewish people are descendants of Beni-Yisrael, Hebrew-speaking, Bedouin tribespeople of the lands of Judea and Samaria.

All Beni-Yisrael, Jews and non-Jews alike, are the indigenous people of that land.

The post-1967 issue is the one that should focus the mind of anyone interested in Middle East peace. Contrary to the latest New Zealand-sponsored United Nations Resolution, Israel should not shoulder all the blame for the continuing conflict.

Before any peace can be contemplated, there needs to be a united and credible voice for the Palestinian people who firmly believe in a two-state solution. It certainly isn’t Hamas, whose brutal takeover of Gaza and refusal to acknowledge the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, guarantees no end to the conflict.

Phil Dreifuss

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winston moreton - 7 months ago
Phil, if you were a supreme being and had the gift of Solomon, what would you do?

Phil. Dreifuss - 7 months ago
Hello Winston, I am neither a Supreme Being nor have the wisdom of Solomon, but am simply an interested onlooker. I think the final paragraph of my letter is a starting point. If there was a single voice that had the mandate of all Palestinians with authority to negotiate a settlement, that would probably overcome the current impasse which has further polarised the extremists on both sides of the divide.
There needs to be a halt to settlements, a cessation of hostilities and negotiations towards a two-state solution. That may involve both parties considering to swap land for peace.
Fundamentally there needs to be a desire for peace on both sides and that is not a given, particularly as peace involves a recognition of the other side's right to exist. Unfortunately the extremists on both sides don't seem to appreciate the inevitable outcome of not pursuing an end to the conflict.

Manu Caddie - 7 months ago
The longer the conflict continues, the more extreme the responses and greater the support for extremists on both sides. Waiting for Hamas to be replaced isn't a great option - if the IRA and PLO can find a way to moderate participation in peace arrangements, so can Hamas. That will mean acknowledging the right of Israel to exist and likewise Israel recognising the need for a two-state or multi-state solution.

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