The civilized solution to the conflict - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Avraam J. Dectis
    • 19.11.12 | 15:46 (IST)

    This conflict could be ended with a genuine peace plan that would be acceptable to everyone. I propose one. The current situation has two groups in close proximity who will continue to fight for eternity until they are separated like the quarreling children they really are - much like the Greeks and Turks ceased fighting after the Treaty of Lausanne. The Israelis will never go. This only leaves the Gazans. You cannot force people to migrate, it would be barbaric. Thus you have to bribe them. What bribe would be acceptable? Israel could offer $25,000 to every Gazan that would agree to go to another Arab country. A family of six would get $150,000. That might be acceptable. Israel could even sweeten the pot by offering free houses in Egypt for whomever left. People with immovable assets would be given at least ( or more ) fair market value for them. The Gazans would not like this because they would be leaving and psychologically would feel defeated. The Israelis would not like this because the cost would be huge and would decades to pay off the cost. Ultmately, however, it is the only civilized solution and the only barrier is the expense. Money is easier to replace than people. The alternative is that, a century from now, you will read about Palestinians and Israelis killing each other. Money or peace, take your pick.

    from the article: LIVE BLOG: Day 6 of Israel-Gaza conflict 2012
    First published 21:55 19.11.12 | Last updated 03:27 19.11.12
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