Letters to the Editor: A Different Kind of Peace Plan

The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, September 26, 2018.
AFP

The two-state solution is not a viable possibility in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as we have seen in the uproar over Jerusalem. The only solution to this conflict is to allow the immigration of persecuted Mideast Christians into the areas of the West Bank, Gaza, and Golan Heights in order to form a confederation of three religious nations where Muslims, Christians, and Jews live together and where Eastern Jerusalem is the capital of all three nations. This area would be known as the United Nations of Jerusalem (UNJ).

The Jewish nation would be known as Judea, the Islamic nation Palestine, and the Christian nation Samaria. Each nation would have a president and parliament. Each group would learn to coexist and cooperate because no one group would or could ever obtain absolute control under such a structure. The Jewish state of Israel would return to the pre-1967 borders and Israel would oversee the external defense of the UNJ.

Different types of UNJ legislation would be ranked by authority status: Class 1 passed by all three governments, Class 2 passed by all three parliaments, Class 3 passed by all three presidents, and Class 4 passed by two of the three governments. Since the Palestinian Muslims would make up the largest population in the UNJ and responsibility for the external security of the UNJ would be granted to Israel, Class 4 legislation, in which two of the three nations can ratify a law, would require that the nation of Palestine be one of the those two nations. Thus, no legislation in the UNJ could be passed without some type of Palestinian approval.

The same three-nation concept could be applied to solve the problems in Iraq, where a confederation of nations would consist of a Kurdish nation, an Iraqi Arab Sunni nation, and an Iraqi Arab Shi’a nation. Since the Iraqi Arab Shi’a make up approximately 60 percent of the Iraqi population, Class 4 legislation in which two of the three nations could ratify a law would require that the nation of the Iraqi Shi’a be one of those two nations. Thus, no legislation in the Iraqi confederation could be passed without some type of Iraqi Shi’a approval.

When we look at the situations in both Iraq and Syria, where Sunni Arabs have been denied participation in both governments, we see a situation that leads to an environment in which ISIS flourished. As for the troubled area in Lebanon and war-torn Syria, there could be a three-party confederation of nations in a consolidated Lebanon-Syria area that would consist of a Christian nation, Sunni nation, and Shi’a/Alawite nation. Such a three-nation confederation could resolve the war and lead to peace in this area.

If we can solve the conflict in these three areas, we can surely bring about true peace to the Middle East. Time is running out for the Palestinians before we have a humanitarian crisis on our hands. Hopefully, the Norwegians can lead the world in promoting peace. The United States is not capable of such task with Trump as president.

Jon Dolen

Green Valley, Illinois

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