Those who founded the state of Israel believed in the principle that both Palestinians and Jewish Israelis had to possess their own nation and live in peace with one another.Naftali Bennett, newly appointed minister of economics and trade informed the people of Israel that any idea for a separate Palestinian state would not be allowed. Referring tot the idea of a Palestinian state, he made clear, “never have so many people invested so much energy in something that is hopeless.” He wants to move forward by annexting Area C of the West Banka nd make it part of the state of Israel “as quickly as possible.”
In other words, the Palestinian people can have a small piece of the West Bank, not be citizens of Israel but inhabit some form of no man’s land. US Secretary of State John Kerry now confronts the reality of people who do NOT believe in compromise. Of course, these are the same people who decry Iran for failing to compromise. Bennett argues, “this land has been ours for 3,000 years.” I guess my study of history was not correct. I thought only a small number of Jews resided in this land for 2,000 years while the majority fled to other parts of the world.
Today, both Jews and Muslims and Christians live on what is termed the West Bank. Now, is the time to bring all people together and allow all to possess land.