DNS wrote: ↑Thu May 17, 2018 3:33 pm
Bundokji wrote: ↑Thu May 17, 2018 6:11 am
But the real legitimate question which is resurfacing again and has been ignored for a long time: why there is a border between Israel and Gaza in the first place?
And there is also a border, big wall separating the West Bank from the Jewish areas. In my opinion, just use these barriers and walls to mark the border between the 2 nations of Israel and Palestine and make Jerusalem metro area an international zone. Simple and problem solved. And it is very similar to the original UN 1947 Partition Plan.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Na ... _Palestine
A lot has changed since the partition plan though. Israel, as a political entity, did not exist before 1948. The partition plan was an attempt to create it.
The 1948 war divided Jerusalem. West Jerusalem which is the biggest part of the city was controlled by the Jews, while a smaller but more significant "holy" part was saved/occupied by the Jordanian army. What was saved (from Arab perspective) from historical Palestine in 1948 was 20% (the west bank and Gaza) while the partition plan divided the land 55% for the Jews and 45% for the Arabs. These changes on the ground made what looked from Jewish perspective a reasonable solution in 1947 (the partition plan) insufficient nowadays.
In 1967, what was saved from historical Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza) was occupied by Israel. The recent negotiations between Arabs and Israel (according to Oslo peace accords) was based on UN resolution 242, which is the west bank (including east Jerusalem) and Gaza. Arabs themselves forgot about the partition plan and have been negotiating over only %20 of historical Palestine, and yet, Israel and the west continue to call for more compromises from Arabs accusing them of hindering peace!
The above is meant to show that Israel is not a normal country, and will never be until it finds a way to solve its problems with its neighbors. Israel borders are not well defined keeping a room for either further expansion or redeployment as they see fit (not as per intentional laws and convention). For instance, Israel left Gaza unilaterally without an agreement because it caused them too much headache, and they tried to promote this move as if they were making concessions! By doing this, they can claim whenever they want (when it fits them) that Gaza don't belong to them, and yet, it belongs to them also when they see fit! They control its borders, its air and its sea, they have the right to check all goods entering the strip, and people who need to leave Gaza need a permission from Israeli authority. At the same time, its not a country, and it does not belong to Israel hence they made borders between it and the rest of Israel and they are willing to kill anyone who try to cross the border without their permission. Quite confusing, is it not?
This is why when George Galloway asked his guest (an Israeli apologetic) about Gaza, she did not know what to answer, because Israeli actions do not fit any well known conventions. Israel is a not a normal country, and the Jews are not entirely to blame for that, because conditions led to the idea of establishment a Jewish state in Palestine are equally abnormal. Trying to establish a country (at the expense of its aboriginals) to solve racism in Europe is a flawed logic (even though its understandable from humane perspective). Its difficult to convince Arabs why they need to pay for crimes they did not commit.
Getting back to Jerusalem, even if we want to make it as international city, what would be the nationality of the residents of the city? who would control its sovereignty? who would be entitled to benefit from the income generated from tourism? who would provide visas for visitors/toursits? how about the Arabs who live in Jerusalem and have an Israeli ID, but no Israeli citizenship? What would be the legal status of Israeli settlements built in the occupied west bank circling east Jerusalem such as Maale Adumim?
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
This was the last word of the Tathagata.