Sharp: No winners in Israel-Palestine conflictWritten by Kenneth Sharp | | firstname.lastname@example.org
There can be no winners in the current conflict between Israel and Palestine. There can be no winners when both sides have allowed violence to be the method of decision. Distrust and betrayal of truth by factions of both sides have left the majority of the populations on each side without a proper peaceful recourse.
Israel exists. It does not exist because it struggled for existence in the manner that legitimizes most other nations. Israel did not come about because Jewish peoples living there negotiated, settled and even fought for a right of self-determination. That may have come to pass, but it was subverted by haughty world dominating powers at the time. Its existence is almost entirely the result of the British Empire exerting its will, along with the aid of the American, French and German governments. The British, under a long tradition of empire building, controlled the lands of Palestine after World War II. The process of control of these lands by Britain and France began in World War I and before. The Europeans were not honest with the local populations or leaders as to their goals. The outsiders planned to displace the indigenous population, as they have often done, to reorganize the world in the manner they see as best. Often the people already there are vehemently opposed to these plans, and rightly so. The target of this justified anger has been often unjustly the Jews and particularly Israel.
There is no going back in time. Israel exists, whether its founding was legitimate or not. But it is now a nation state and in the tradition of its true colonial founders, it has often lost its soul and humanity. When one is aware of the land grabs, domination and control over resources as basic as water and electricity, its imperialist roots are exposed. The nation state of Israel has lost the Jewish experience and faith but retained the European tradition of empire and bigotry. That is not true of the Jewish people as a whole or the Israeli citizen. It appears always true of nation states.
The people of Palestine have not helped their cause. The actions of groups like Hamas do more harm than good. There is no reason to believe that sending missiles aimlessly into Israel, knowing that the majority will be intercepted anyway, will somehow help the cause. When those missiles are fired there are two possible results: 1) They make it through and kill innocents in Israel or 2) They are intercepted but terrorize the local population. Neither will achieve the goals of self-determination of the Palestinians. Today the Palestinian existence is akin to a prison population, denied basic human rights and liberty. Yet indiscriminate acts of violence or political organizing under charters that call for extermination of another group of people betray the Palestinian traditions and faith. This is not the true nature of Palestinians as a whole. Sadly it is true when some act like their oppressors and in the true character of a nation state.
There will likely be a ceasefire. The actual, mental and spiritual wounds inflicted will not heal quickly. Both sides will likely continue not to act in the true manner of their faiths and traditions, but in the modern mores of the colonial empires that brought this tragedy. Outside attemps to broker deals by Europe and America, while they continue the very processes that began it in other parts of the world, will lead to naught. Both sides need a spiritual reawakening. People are dying; people are needlessly suffering. Is it all just for the idea of a nation state, for arbitrary borders? No just God promised a nation state and to exclude the rights of others to exist. This is not a holy war or a war of religious ideals; it is geo-political. There can be no moral high ground, and there can be no winners.
Kenneth Sharp can be reached at email@example.com.