The Answer Is outside the MideastBy Mike Konrad
For over 64 years, the Palestinians have been the football in the Mideast struggle. Neither Israel nor the Arabs have budged one inch since 1948 in regard to the lot of these people. It is folly to assume that any further negotiations will change anything. We are going to have to consider that any answer, if it is to be found at all, will have to come from an outside party; from outside the Mideast.
Right now, the core of the problem is Judea and Samaria, what the world calls the West Bank. The Arabs there are generally hostile to Israel. In theory, Israel could retreat to the "Auschwitz line" of 1967 -- which is actually the armistice line of 1949 -- but that would be suicidal. Israel will not do it.
Nor can Israel, at this moment, enfranchise such a hostile Arab population; but neither can the Israeli military continue to rule over the area as it has been doing. The security measures in the West Bank may be necessary, but they infuriate the Arab world, disaffect the West, brutalize the Arabs, and coarsen the Jewish soldiers who have to enforce them. To be frank, some of the IDF's actions are over the top, and intended more to demoralize the Arabs than for pure military reasons. This breeds only rage, which will incubate nothing but violence in the long run.
In 2006, the Israeli Army brutally attacked Jewish settlers in Amona, because an army conditioned to corral Arabs will sooner or later be used to attack Jews. The continuing martial law in Judea and Samaria is eroding Israel's democracy; not to mention what it is doing to many innocent Arabs.
Putting aside right or wrong, separation is the only solution; but the Arab states refuse to absorb the Palestinians they have already, so we cannot expect them to absorb Judean and Samarian Arabs.
The Casablanca Protocols of 1965 forbid any Arab state from naturalizing the Palestinians. The official reason is to protect their claim to Palestine. The real reason is to let a festering Palestinian problem overwhelm Israel. Neither can we expect any help from Muslim states who will be probably pressured to toe a Muslim line against naturalizing Palestinian Arabs; but why are we confining our options to the Mideast?
Why doesn't the West absorb them? The Palestinians of Judea and Samaria are estimated at between 1.6 million and 2.5 million depending on whom is asked. Demographically speaking, this figure is manageable for absorption into the West. If every young Arab in Judea and Samaria were offered $100,000 and a passport, there is a good chance that many of them would leave; and many Western countries would take them in.
Chile, at a total population of 17 million, already has 450,000 Palestinians -- the product of over a century of Arab immigration. They are now Chile's elite. Wonderfully, over 99% of these Chilean Arabs are Christian in ancestry. Chile could be asked to absorb 100,000 Palestinians. If the new Arabs came in with $100,000 each, a family of five would have half a million dollars to set themselves up with enough money for life in a country where the median income is about $15K a year; and where a house near a beach resort can cost as low as $40 thousand as many a YouTube video will attest -- take caution to note the Chilean peso ($) is 500 to 1 versus the US dollar ($) inspite of identical symbols.
Chile would get an infusion of people bringing in $10 billion. Moreover, given Chile's already settled Palestinians, there are community support structures available for the new arrivals. Christian Palestinians, who have been in Chile for over a century, have strong ethnic pride and might welcome their distant cousins, inspite of religious differences.
The Arabs on their part would get citizenship in a democratic country, which is borderline first world; and would be established for life in an area of the world where Arabs are esteemed highly.
Lest we fear the creation of a South American Caliphate, Chile, indeed, all of South America, is in the midst of a massive Evangelical revival, and the Arab immigrants over time would probably convert.
Argentina, with 41 million people, could be asked to absorb an equivalent proportion of Arabs from Judea and Samaria. Again the Arabs would come in with $100,000 each. To sweeten the pot, Argentina, which is in the middle of a currency meltdown again, might have some of its loans forgiven.
Like Chile, Argentina already has older stock Christian Arabs from over a century of immigration, though mostly of Lebanese Maronite and Syrian Christian ancestry. Like Chile, the Arabs in Argentina have done very well. Unlike Chile, there are still a few Muslims among the Argentine Arabs; but these are only 10% of the Arab population, and only 1% of Argentina's population overall. Most are non-practicing. A sudden infusion of Muslim Arabs would fortify the Muslim element, but the immigration could be fine-tuned to prevent that, and to encourage Christianization, by discouraging concentration into local casbahs.
Like England, Argentina has a state church; only in Argentina's case, it is the Roman Catholic Church. Priests draw a state salary. While there is freedom of religion, there is strong institutional encouragement to Catholicize. This would be a factor in assimilation. The Evangelical Revival may not be as strong in Argentina as it is in other countries, but it is still there; and it has gathered 9% of the population already. It would probably be higher were it not for state subsidies to Catholicism. At 4 million, Argentina's Evangelicals alone would easily overwhelm an arrival of 200,000 Muslims from the contested areas. Between state encouragement to Catholicize, and Evangelical calls to accept Jesus, the Arabs would almost certainly convert over time.
Then, there is the tango! Argentina's ubiquitous cultural statement, which is taught in kindergarten, danced in the streets, and continuously broadcast on TV in a daring style which would cause many Americans to cringe. Try and maintain Islamic culture under that constant barrage of gender mixing.
Again, these new Arabs settled in Argentina would find themselves in a borderline -- though grossly mismanaged -- first-world country, where Arabs have obtained a degree of respect.
Brazil, gigantic Brazil with 200 million, could take a proportionally larger share. Happily, Brazil is booming; and even more happily, it is experiencing a major Evangelical Revival which is sweeping the whole nation and would, no doubt, embrace arriving Palestinians. With 10-15 million Arabs -- almost all Christian -- Brazil could easily absorb 1 million Palestinians -- and almost assuredly convert them.
There is no reason other Latin American countries could not be encouraged to participate. The US and Canada might take in a few.
The whole project would cost about $200 billion.
The project could be tailored to encourage immigration of the landless young. These form the core of the Palestinian demographic. There is no need to persuade the older generation. They will pass away.
Younger, educated, unmarried Arab women should be especially encouraged. What hope do they have in a male-dominated Islamic kleptocracy? Immigration could be proffered as liberation to these.
A people's reproductive power is in its women. Preferentially remove the men, and Islam can adjust by means of polygamy. Remove the women, and the reproduction will stop. Encourage the women to consider South America as a means of breaking free of sexual oppression. Make a special outreach to them. These could be offered immigration independent of their families, where they could disappear from those seeking honor killings. Intermarriage with Christian Latin men should be encouraged.
Within 10 years, the bulk of the contested areas could be emptied of its younger Arabs. Those who remain, chiefly the older, could then be awarded Israeli citizenship, with attendant rights, upon Israel's annexation of the area. Their effect on demography would be temporary and confined to their lifespan.
Expect the Arab and Muslim world to tender no assistance. In fact, they will howl about ethnic cleansing as soon as they recognize what is happening. There might be a degree of truth to it, but it would be voluntary ethnic cleansing to a better life. Can anybody see the glorious tropical beaches of Iquique, Chile, or the mighty industrial megapolis of São Paulo -- both with influential Arab communities -- and doubt that this is practicable?
Who would pay for this? Clearly, given the financial mess the West finds itself in, the world Jewish Community will have to pay the lion's share of this cost; but when one considers the cost of the militarization of the West Bank, it might be cheap in the long run. There are some Jews who stage million dollar Bar Mitzvahs. Someone could convince these people that there is a better use of their money, and one far more benefical to Judaism.
Some left-wing troublesome billionaires, such as George Soros or Ted Turner, might be persuaded to put their generosity to good use, rather than subsidizing their New World Order machinations. There is also no reason the plate cannot be passed around -- so to speak -- at synagogues or local Evangelical Churches with a Zionist bent. These could raise a few billion alone.
The average cost would be from $13-20 thousand per Jew on the planet. Rich Christians, especially televangelists, should also be leaned upon.
This solution is not perfect. Nor is it wholly just. There are Arabs who have been wronged by Israel -- and vice-versa -- and asking them to leave the land of their ancestors will be hard; but Bismarck noted that "politics is the art of the possible;" for justice we will have to wait for the return of the Messiah.
The Palestine issue is the red flag in front of the raging Islamic bull.
Let the whole world know that we shall never accept that the tragedy of Andalusia would be repeated in Palestine. We cannot accept that Palestine will become Jewish -- Osama Bin Laden
Correct the situation in Judea and Samaria and the bull may calm down a bit.
As for the Palestinians in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, etc., they become the problem of the Arab world, and let them then vent their frustrations on their Arab brethren. Israel has done its part by paying for their Palestinians to leave. Arab rage, hopefully, will internalize itself afterwards.
Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American, who is not Jewish, Latin, or Arab. He runs a website http://latinarabia.com, where he discusses the subculture of Arabs in Latin America. He wishes his Spanish were better.
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