Doing what’s good for Israel – Naftali Bennett’s stability initiative

Naftali Bennett

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (from the Bayit Yehudi party)  is proving to be an inventive and pro-active lawmaker and minister who has come up with several interesting ideas for improving Israel’s domestic problems as well as its international status.

He now addresses the question everyone is asking after the failure of the “peace” talks: What Now? – and he provides an answer to his not-so rhetorical question – managing the conflict rather than solving it.

Quoting from his Facebook page:

Now that it is clear to everyone that Abbas does not want peace, we must ask: What do we do now?

The truth is there is no magic solution, and we’ll all have to learn to live with the conflict and manage it.
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I believe that Israel should set a goal: Apply Israeli law to the Israeli settlements and territories in Judea and Samaria, while providing an independent administrative authority for the Arabs in the PA territory.

Two years ago we launched our Stability Initiative program, which becomes more relevant by the day.
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Even though we are only 12 seats in a coalition of 67, we need to push and push towards our goal.
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I’m not sure this plan is 100% foolproof but it is certainly 100% better than any of the stupid Kerry Plans, Oslo Accords, Wye River Agreements and any of the other lopsided agreements that Israel has signed with the Palestinians, most of the conditions of which the Palestinians have not fulfilled, all while demanding that Israel keeps to the last letter.

This plan deserves a proper hearing in the Knesset at the very least, if not a nationwide referendum.

What do you think?

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6 Responses to Doing what’s good for Israel – Naftali Bennett’s stability initiative

  1. ealha3 says:

    So long as any agreement by a Palestinian will result in his death, there will be no suicidal pact (See Anwar Sadat.) Israel will be demonized because it is a Jewish state and dominant over an “underdog” Palestinian society steeped in Jew-hatred and religiously committed to genocide. Israel has done well in isolating the terror threat and it can continue to do so as the Iranian/drug/anti-western tyranny of nations decline in their terrorist support and influence. A Republican change in the American administration will hasten that declining influence. Accommodating Palestinian power with administrative rule or increased autonomy or compromises on settlement construction is self destructive and unnecessary. In the short run, Israel will need a large manual labor force to work its newly found oil and gas resources. Sanitized Palestinians will provide that labor and their new-found life-style will trump political and religious priorities as it is now doing and as it has in the past (see Israel 1967-1989). Just chill out and give it time.

    • anneinpt says:

      “Just chill out and give it time” – that is the key to solving the whole problem. As long as Israel’s leaders keep a cool head and don’t panic and give in to American pressure (and other international pressure) her position will strengthen. We just need leaders with some backbone. Naftali Bennett comes to mind. Also Avigdor Liberman.

      • ealha3 says:

        Netanyahu and others, I believe have set themselves this agenda. By setting seemingly reasonable parameters that are anathema to Palestinians, and understanding any settlement is suicidal to any Palestinian signing an agreement, “negotiations” are merely the medium for gaining time to accomplish what otherwise is unattainable, i.e., pacification of the West Bank and later Gaza through Israeli dependent economic development. Ultimate cross-border settlements with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan comes after the neutralization of Iran – which is inevitable once Israel is able to convincingly show Iran is nuclear armed and Israel has cultivated sufficient American and international community (English, French and German) support. Finally, the Center for Strategic and International Studies makes a convincing argument that the Israeli strike will be dominated by missiles rather than conventional airplanes because of the vulnerability of most of the nuclear sites which are not hardened against bomb attack. Meanwhile, Israel continues to forge ahead with a robust economy and a more and more homogeneously political environment, making it an extremely powerful force gaining more and more strength while its once-hostile neighbors become weaker, less hostile and even more cooperative.

  2. NormanF says:

    Israel should annex the land – all of Judea and Samaria but not the people. This model has worked in Jerusalem. There is no need to make the Arabs Israeli citizens. They can have their own status and lead their own lives just as they do in Jerusalem. This does not in any way detract from Israeli sovereignty. The Arabs don’t have to be incorporated into Israel so no demographic problem is involved here. Israeli rule will benefit both peoples in the long run by developing all parts of the country to their mutual benefit. A Palestinian Arab state will not and cannot work. This is already quite clear. Its time to look at things afresh.

    • anneinpt says:

      That’s a very interesting proposition Norman. I wonder if it’s ever been properly considered by Israel’s leaders. They always seem so scared of being accused of apartheid if they don’t grant full citizenship to any Palestinians they might annex – but we’re accused of it anyway.

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