Commentary: A 2-State Solution for Mideast Peace: How Realistic is it? – CBS Local

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I recently had the chance to welcome Las Vegas Sun Editor/Publisher Brian Greenspun into the KXNT studio.  He had written an editorial piece entitled “Stars align for 2-state solution, Mideast Peace.”

No one can question Brian’s commitment to Israel as a secure, Jewish state.  In the 1940’s, his father began the quest of supporting the “future” Jewish state by running arms to Jews so they could defend themselves against the heavily armed Arab nations.  A good many of those Arabs were recipients of the arms British soldiers left behind when they abandoned the Palestinian territory.

Brian talked about an ad that had appeared in the New York Times that read, “Israel’s Security Chiefs Agree: Separation into two states is in Israel’s vital security interest.”  Brian’s conclusion was that “a two-state solution is the only long-term answer for peace in the Middle East. Especially now.”

The idea of having two independent states – one Jewish, one Palestinian Arab Muslim – is certainly desirable.  We hope for it.  We pray for it. But how do we achieve that status when one side is determined to eradicate the other?

In the fall of 2000, President Clinton sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.  Barak gave in to almost every point, including the division of Jerusalem and surrendering various Jewish holy sites.  What he did not acquiesce was the surrender of Israel as a Jewish state.  He, also, did not allow for an entry of Palestinians who had left in 1948 and their progeny to return in mass.  The huge influx of Palestinians Arabs would have meant a Jewish minority.

Today we see young Arab Muslim so-called Palestinian children being taught at a very young age to wear fake “suicide vests” in honor of those who have blown themselves up while taking Jewish lives.

While Jews go through the Jewish National Fund to plant trees in honor celebratory events – births, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings – the Arab Muslim so-called Palestinians use UN funds to plant olive trees in honor of terrorists who killed or attacked Israeli citizens.

The factual ignorance among many leaders of the world, as well as in this country, is overwhelming.

According to the UN Human Rights Council, 1,462 civilians were killed out of a total of the 2,251 Gaza fatalities during the 51-day conflict in the summer of 2014. Israel has said that up to half of those killed on the Palestinian side were combatants.

But Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has repeatedly suggested “over 10,000 innocent” Palestinian civilians in Gaza were killed during that conflict. He chalked it up to an “indiscriminate” Israeli military offensive.  When told that his numbers do not match with those of the UN, he responded, “I don’t have it in my number…but I think it’s over 10,000.”

More Jews are now carrying concealed weapons in order to protect themselves from indiscriminate attacks by Arab Muslims.  These attackers range from adults to children as young as twelve years.

My heart goes with Brian Greenspun in his desire to have a peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs.  Wouldn’t it be great to see a flourishing Palestinian state made up of Muslims and Arabs that matches the flourishing Jewish state of Israel? It would be wonderful.  It would be miraculous.  But until the Arab Muslims recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and until they respect the right of Israeli Jews to live at all, a true two-state solution will be a long time coming.

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