Dr. Mordechai Kedar - The Emirates Plan
This program, which was developed by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, offers for approximately two million Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria to become citizens of eight independent city states, based on the prosperous and successful United Arab Emirates model in the Gulf. These city states are: Hebron, Bethlehem, Jericho, Ramallah, Tulkarm, Qalqiliya, Nablus and Jenin.
Background and introduction
Today, the State of Israel faces three major threats: the possibility of a nuclear Iran, over 100,000 missiles and rockets from three different directions (Gaza, Lebanon and Iran) and the plan to establish a Palestinian state under the "two-state solution". The first two military threats seem self-evident, but why does the "two-state solution" jeopardize Israel's existence? After all, this was and still is the main and only peace plan placed on the political negotiating table in Israel and in the international community, along with a variety of peace initiatives and international roadmaps. In reality and the test of results, this plan and its underlying thinking led to the opposite results for peace.
The creation of an artificial Palestinian state, which requires the removal of Jewish families from places where there is no Arab population, will lead to the creation of indefensible borders from the Jewish state. The supposed moderate elements in the Palestinian Authority and Fatah are interested in a Palestinian state as an intermediate step on the path to the elimination of Israel, and they are not even trying to hide their intent. Hamas remains firm in its opposition to any agreement that recognizes Israel as a state, because according to the organization's view, Israel as a Jewish state has no right of existence even over a square inch. Any proposal for a unification between Hamas and Fatah entails a risk of increasing the threat to Israel and the Jewish people. Hamas's aggression against Israel is coordinated with Islamic Jihad and its main patron Iran, in addition to the Popular Resistance Committees and other terrorist organizations operating in and out of the Gaza Strip.
The Arab Spring led to a less stable Middle East. Israel cannot afford the world to dictate a policy that will make it more difficult for the Jewish people to survive in the land of our ancestors. Israel must initiate an independent solution to address human rights and the welfare of Palestinian Arabs, as well as the Palestinian national movement and military jihad. The lack of decision and action only invites foreign involvement.
Before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the Land of Israel was under the occupation of the British Mandate. The Jews, who maintained a continuous presence for more than three millennia in the country, often referred to as Palestinians from the early 1920s to the declaration of Israeli independence in 1948. Two examples proving this important distinction: The Palestine Post, founded by An American Jew in December 1932 under the British Mandate and supported the effort to establish a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. In 1950, two years after the declaration of independence of the State of Israel, the paper changed its name to the Jerusalem Post. In addition, what began as the "Palestine Symphony" is now known as the "Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra."
The Arabs who emigrated to Palestine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in order to work, live and prosper among Jews, did not want to be recognized as Palestinians until it became an effective tool for their resistance to the Jewish state. In 1964, the PLO was established and created a new Palestinian national identity from the Arab-tribal identity that existed until that time.
Historically, there has never been a Palestinian-Arab or Islamic state with a capital in Jerusalem. The capital of Jund Falasteen (Palestine District) under the Arab occupation in the seventh century was the city of Ramle, about 30 km west of Jerusalem. It is very important that this historical truth will be recognized as the basis for peace.
There is no occupied territory west of the Jordan, there is land that is in dispute as a result of wars forced on Israel by the Arab states. Today, Arabs live within the State of Israel, Gaza, and Judea and Samaria. These Arab population concentrations are here to stay, as is the State of Israel.
Gaza is already a sovereign entity, because Hamas took it by force from the PLO in June 2007, thereby splitting the Palestinian Authority into two separate and hostile entities. If Israel is forced to leave Judea and Samaria as part of a peace agreement, it is very likely that the more militant Hamas will take over the current PA/Fatah rule, as it was done in Gaza, whether by elections (as already happened in January 2006) or by force (as happened in Gaza in June 2007). No one can guarantee otherwise.
Due to the sectarian division into local tribalism and patriotism, a united and cohesive political unit is unlikely to be formed form the centers of the Arab population in Judea and Samaria or Gaza. The PA/Fatah and Hamas do not represent the true aspirations of most peace-loving Arabs who want a better future for their children in traditional and local family governance. Therefore, the two-state solution is prejudiced for failure and its future is to be thrown into the dustbin of history.
Artificial states such as Syria, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Yemen, as well as the Palestinian state if established, need to find and nurture an external enemy as a means to unite their inhabitants. This is also the reason why Hafez al-Assad, Syria's president, an artificial country created by the West, did not join Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at Camp David in 1978. Assad did not need the war, but he had to maintain the status of war with Israel in order to maintain his illegitimate rule. And so, though he could get the Golan from President Jimmy Carter, he preferred to leave it occupied by Israel. The same will apply to the Palestinian state. Since it is an artificial state, it will have to maintain the State of Israel as an enemy in order to produce unity under its illegitimate flag and divert internal criticism from its rulers.
General principles and guidelines for the Emirates Plan:
Successful Arab leadership must be independent, local and well-rooted, with a traditional and homogeneous sociological basis. Israel and the world must recognize and support local leadership in the centers of the Palestinian Arab population, which seeks to have sustainable peace relations with Israel as an independent city states. Because of ongoing corruption and an open agenda against Israel, the PA/Fatah and Hamas leaders have spent almost half a century in a futile attempt to destroy Israel and all its citizens.
The Principles of the solution:
The PA: The PA should end its role and transfer power to the local large families. Because tribalism remains alive and well among the Judean Arabs, in order to replace the PA with an Arab political structure whose chances are for a lasting peace and life alongside Israel, the social and cultural structure of the residents must be taken into account. In other words, the successful Middle East model, such as the UAE in the Gulf, should be adopted, not the failed modern Western state model, such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan and Yemen.
Gaza: Gaza must be treated as a state regarding everything, much like any Palestinian Emirate in Judea and Samaria. Gaza has its own governing institutions, borders, military, police and judiciary. The State of Israel knew how to live with enemy countries for a long time.
Cities of Judea and Samaria: The eight city states will include the areas of Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Jericho, Tulkarm, Qalqiliya, Bethlehem and the Arab part of Hebron. Hebron has the highest potential to be the first Emirate established, under the rule of the families of Tamimi, Kawasma, Jabri, Natshe and Abu Snina. The jurisdictional boundaries of the Emirate of Hebron can also include Yatta and other nearby Arab cities and villages. Local residents will become citizens of the eight independent Emirates. Any competition agenda that seeks to sabotage the development of the Palestinian Emirates will hurt the future of economic and civic opportunities for the citizens of the eight independent city states, so the chances are that the ruling families will successfully confront any cause, internal or external, that will try to undermine their government and their interests. The Palestinian Emirates will be able to conduct a federal union between them if their residents are interested.
The rural area: Israel will restore its sovereignty to the rural area of Judea and Samaria, offering Israeli citizenship and residency to Arabs living in these territories.
Interaction with the State of Israel: Each Emirate will separately deal its affairs with Israel on issues such as water, electricity, transportation, access to the sea, to Ben Gurion Airport and to Jordan.
Refugees: The situation of the Arab refugees can only be resolved if there is stability in the area. During the 1948 war, hundreds of thousands of Arab residents fled and were expelled in preparation for the Arab states to attack on Israel. At the same time, more than 800,000 Jews fled and were deported from neighboring Arab countries, most of them absorbed and successfully rehabilitated in Israel. Arab refugees have since been discriminated against by Arab states in the region, along with UNRWA's corrupt policies, so that not one Arab refugee has ever been resettled. Former UNRWA director in Jordan, Sir Alexander Galloway, said: "The Arab countries do not want to solve the problem of the Arab refugees. They want to keep it as an open wound ... as a weapon against Israel." The clear failure of peace initiatives, which have been based on false assumptions for so many decades, only perpetuates the problem of the Arab refugees and human suffering.
The Palestinian Emirates program is a viable alternative based on the Arab sociology of the tribes in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. Unlike the plan to establish a Palestinian state, this initiative is more likely to bring stability, respect, freedom, security and prosperity to the Judea and Samaria Arabs, and pave the way for a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors.