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60 % of Israelis Surveyed Want Settlements Shut Down: Will Israel & Palestine Achieve Peace?
Peace is elusive between Israel and Palestine. Will a peace treaty occur while we are alive?
Currently the issue of Israel's settlements is one of the stumbling blocks to re-opening peace talks. Palestine will not meet with Israel as long as new settlements are being built. It seems that Palestine, like most countries would be, is aggrieved that another country has done a land grab and allowed their citizens to establish a residence on the land of the adjoining country. This is what Israel has been doing for the past 40 years, since 1967. Obviously Palestine is deeply distressed by this situation.
Israel Flouts the Geneva Convention
With the developments of the settlements, Israel flouts Article 49 of the Geneva Convention even though the country did sign the agreement. Article 49 states clearly that a county cannot relocate its citizens to occupied lands for permanent domicile. The United Nations and President Obama have made it very clear to Israel that they must obey the mandates of the Geneva Convention and shut down the settlements.
Perhaps the Middle East is getting closer to an eventual peace treaty between Israel and Palestine. The tipping point of over 50% has occurred in a survey to Israelis about the fate of the settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
60% of Israelis Surveyed Want Settlements Ended
In a recent survey, 60% of Israelis questioned said the settlements should be a thing of the past and approve of "dismantling most of the settlements in the territories as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians."
It seems there is a new realism that peace is urgently needed. The survey was conducted by the Harry S. Truman Institute of the Advancement of Peace (at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem).
High Birth Rates in the Settlements
Many prior residents of the land now used for settlements were Palestinians. They were forcibly ejected from the land by the army of Israel. And now there are about 500,000 Israeli settlers living in those areas, notes the Huffington Post.
However, the birth rates in the settlements (5.7%) is higher than that in Israel (1.8%) and in Palestine (3.4%). The Israeli settlers are building a population that is growing quickly.
Thus the Palestinians feel that action must be taken quickly to redeem their land and establish a Palestinian state. There have been so many attempts to negotiate a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. Perhaps President Obama will be the person to make an historic peace deal come to fruition.
The United States is speaking out about how development of the settlements is hindering a peace deal. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State in America, recently warned against further developments of the settlements. She stated "New construction in East Jerusalem or the West Bank undermines mutual trust and endangers the proximity talks that are the first step toward the full negotiations that both sides want and needed....It undermines America's unique ability to play a role -an essential role, I might add - in the peace process," reports The Guardian.
Clinton has been holding phone calls with Binyamin Netanyahu to urge agreement to an end to the settlements to get the peace talks back on track. The peace talks cannot begin again until Israel agrees to stop building new settlements. President Abbas of Palestine will not participate in peace talks until Israel stops all construction of settlements.
Neyanyahu Supports Settlements
In January, 2020 Netanyahu spoke at a settlement in Ezion and declared "This place will be an inseparable part of the State of Israel. We are planting here, we will stay here, we will build here," notes The Washington Report.
Netanyahu also insists that a Palestinian state should be demilitarized, and that its borders and airspace will be maintained by Israel. It is very unlikely Palestine would ever agree to those terms. Netanyahu's actions and statements are a stumbling block to peace. His refusal to see the Palestinians as equals deserving of statehood and liberty is unfortunate; his stance in favor of the settlements is most likely no longer going to be a viable stand to take as many people of Israel are now are openly speaking about how they favor peace.
America Has Long Tried to End Settlements
Former President Jimmy Carter has long spoken out against the need to stop the settlements and to formulate a peace treaty. In 1980 he said "Our position on the settlements is very clear. We do not think they are legal."
George Mitchell, the special envoy to the Middle East agrees. He stated "I believe that neither country can attain its objective by denying to the other side its objectives. Israelis are not likely to have sustainable security if the Palestinians don't have a state, and Palestinians will never achieve a state until the people of Israel have some security," according to Time.
World Stability at Risk
There is much at risk for Israel if they attempt to remove the settlers from the contested land. Many of the settlers will not leave their homes voluntarily. They may have to be forcibly removed. This will cause much chaos, many protests, and strife in the Israeli government.
And yet Israel and the world also are at risk if nothing is done. By breaking the laws of the Geneva Conventions with the settlements, Israel risks further attack by Palestinians or other countries in the Middle East. The country also risks loss of American support.
The American government wishes for a two-state system for Israel and Palestine. It is time to put an end to the violence.Both Palestine and Israel have suffered greatly during the occupation and the wars. Too many children have died in both countries due to violence.
Too many rockets have been shot into Israel, and the closed borders between Israel and Palestine have led to too harsh a life for Palestinians with often limited water and food.
Both Palestine and Israel have used too much violence and killed too many people. The violence is senseless and it will not solve anything. A peace treaty that creates a two -state agreement is the only workable solution.
This conflict is a destabilizing force on the world. Peace is needed. When will it occur? Hopefully during our lifetimes.
American Aid to Israel
The Washington Report states that America has given Israel a total of about $114 billion dollars since 1949. Many Arab countries find fault with America helping Israel and defending Israel. Our nation's security is threatened by terrorists due to our links to Israel.
The time for change is now. President Obama is being strict with both Palestine and Israel. He needs to get a lot tougher. Israel is breaking the law. America cannot support sending aid to a country that is in violation of the Geneva Convention.
Hope for Change
I hope that a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine occurs during my lifetime. I am sure many other people in the world have that same wish. I pray for peace.