The Great Diversion

I was at the Young Zionist Leader conference in Miami this weekend, where I was lucky enough to hear Prof. Gadi Taub from Hebrew University speak about the Israeli-Arab conflict.
In short, he pointed out that if you read the Arabic press, there is a sort of obsession with demography. The Palestinian press in particular writes nearly daily about the growth rates, and how the Palestinians are becoming the majority west of the Jordan River.
And this brings up a thought: the campaign of terror is nothing more than a distraction from the real war going on. I know I am not the first to say this, but it shocked me when the realization hit: we in the West are so used to thinking about war in the context of violence and bloodshed that we totally ignored the fact that the war is being waged not by death but by birth. Our eyes only caught the carnage, and not the growing population who will soon, deservingly, ask for full democratic rights.
It is at this point that we have to be clear that the inalienable right to self-determination must be accorded to both sides. As for the Jews, they must be able to decide their own destiny, identity and culture–without having to fear the sensitivities of another people. And the Palestinians deserve no less.
That is why we should be thinking outside the box, not along the neurons of Oslo and Geneva. A demographic partition–the same recommended by three commissions thus far–must be put in place. And if the Palestinians are to reject it once more, as they did to Peel, the Anglo-Americans and the UN, Israel will have to do so unilaterally.


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