It is inconceivable that the situation in the Middle East will ever be resolved by negotiation with Israel, as is quite evident from all that has transpired since Israel’s formal establishment in 1948. There must be a comprehensive solution imposed upon the territory in a more equitable fashion.
The problem arises from the arbitrary allocation of area for a Jewish State, which displaced millions of Palestinians, themselves with arguable claim to those same lands. As a result, those millions have lived for decades in refugee settlements, many in squalor, while Israel has thrived, largely enabled by the U.S. and Britain.
Instead, we could create a new state in which all of those that can document a historical claim to residency in that place, including Muslims, Jews and Christians, would be provided a home, much like Lee Kuan Yew did in Singapore.
Communities could, initially, be structured so that a Muslim household lived next door to a Jewish family and next door to a Christian in “Planned Urban Developments.” The adults might not socialize with each other, but the kids would attend good, integrated secular schools and grow up identifying with a sense of community. Religious instruction could be after-hours, if desired.
The entire area could be demilitarized with security exclusively provided by a well-run, integrated police force answering to a democratically elected government, under the supervision of NATO, or some similar international force.
The area could, once more, be called Canaan.
R. Terrence Losh, Bothell