Thinking For The Individual

Formerly known as 'Thinking For The People', this site offers some reflections on the state of British society and her people from the perspective of a libertarian Conservative with a passionate belief in the pillars of freedom and responsibility.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Peace In Israel: If It Can't Be Achieved, Just Stop Trying; If It Can, Let's Start!

As the Israeli government forces Jewish settlers out of their homes, pleading that this is the only way to actively pursue peace in the Middle East, the trenchant opposition of the Israeli people goes a long way in proving my long-held suspicion that the creation of a Palestinian state in the Middle East which would displace many Jewish communities would only replace Palestinian terrorists who feel as though they have been treated like dirt, with Israeli terrorists who will soon come to feel exactly the same.

There is so much to reflect on when discussing the state of Israel and Palestine as we march on through the twenty-first century. But one truth that comes to the surface all the time is that all the progress towards a Palestinian state amounts to more neglect of the wishes of the people of Israel themselves.

Don't get me wrong: throughout my whole life, I have taken a studied neutrality on the whole issue of Israel and Palestine. Whilst I could consistently peddle rhetoric opposing the brutality of the Israeli government in defending her nation, or the history of the Palestinian leadership in sponsoring terrorism, I have instead opposed both. Neither side ever endears themselves to the opinion of the global community when they talk of seeking peace, but act in an evermore aggressive manner.

I have written before on this blog about how we must pursue real peace in Israel, not some fabricated, glued-together peace, which can be secured by trading some acres here or some resources there. Real peace is not in the hands of the politicians and military men, but in the hands of the Israeli and Palestinian people themselves. It is they and only they who can prove to the world that they are capable of living and working together, side by side, in harmony, not in competition or aggression.

Of course, it will not be as easy as that. The conflict in the Middle East has many roots, all of which are very deep: not just race or religion, but poverty and society too. So long as Palestinians live in poverty without anything to their names, peace can not be achieved. And so long as Israelis complacently oppose any attempts to show more friendship and harmony to the Palestinians, peace can not be achieved. And if the only conclusion we can make is that peace really can not be achieved, then I see no point in even trying.

One of the most important conclusions any philosopher has made was when Immanuel Kant wrote that perpetual peace could only come about either through the careful prudence and foresight of leaders and people, or after the destruction of our whole planet so that nothing is left. Whatever the closing words of the history of this age-old conflict may turn out to be, Israel may be the first opportunity we have to test that theory to its conclusion.

2 Comments:

At 2:37 pm, Anonymous Kevin said...

Nice piece. I have struggled to find a position on the issue, and so your stance is both attractive and mature to me.

 
At 3:23 pm, Blogger chrisym37lglane said...

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