Plan, 1975

A PLAN FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Editor’s note:  The  writer  has  travelled  extensively  through
Egypt ,  the Sinai Peninsula, Palestine, Syria, and
Lebanon;   and   has  a  wide  circle  of   friends
throughout  the  Middle East,  as well as  contacts
with various delegations to the United  Nations. He
is the son of missionaries to India,  and has spent
over half of his life in the Orient.

No  one  needs to be told that the Middle East is at present  the
locality  of  a two-fold conflict of grave  consequence  for  the
western world;  the dispute between the Arabs and Israelis on the
one hand,  and the clash of international communism with the free
world on the other.

It  is improbable that this latter would have taken place in this
area  without  the former,  and it is equally probably  that  the
drift of the Middle East towards a communist sphere of  influence
or  worse  can be stopped and actually safeguarded for  the  free
world  if an equitable solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict  can
be found.

This   seemingly   insurmountable  situation  is  based  on   the
everlasting  covenant which God made with Abraham  as  chronicled
in  Genesis 17:8,  “And I will give unto thee,  and to thee  seed
after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of
Canaan, for an everlasting possession.”

The  tragedy of the Israelites begins in that God did not  define
in  detail just what the boundaries of Canaan were,  and  ancient
authorities are rather vague as to its exact extent.   To further
complicate  matters,  it would appear from what scholars  believe
Canaan to be, that God never in times past fulfilled His covenant
with Abraham,  Isaac,  and Jacob in full.  In fact, from the time
of Moses on,  following the sojourn in Egypt,  the fulfillment of
the  covenant  becomes  more and more conditional upon  the  good
behavior  of  the  Israelites,   with  exile  in  strange   lands
threatened as the penalty for unfaithfulness.  (Lev. 26:14)

The  Old  Testament  from  this  point on is  a  recital  of  the
intermittant  faith and unfaithfulness of  the  Israelites,  with
consequent  exiles and restorations,  culminating in the Diaspora
of  the  remnants  of  the  Israelites  mingled  with  the  lone,
surviving tribe of Judah in 70 A.D.

With  this exile of the Jews,  the stage was set for the entrance
of the Palestinian Arabs,  who settled on the land and have  made
Palestine their home for at least 1300 continuous years.

THE PROBLEM

Trouble  began  in  Palestine at the beginning of  the  twentieth
century,  when  political Zionism made its appearance.   The  end
result of this movement is well-known, the emergence of the State
of  Israel  at  the expense of  the  Palestinian  Arabs,  and  an
armistice in the ensuing state of war between Israel and the Arab
States.

CONSEQUENCES

This armistice has continued for 40 years,  and has resulted in a
number  of consequences highly detrimental to the best  interests
of  the  free world,  and of inestimable benefit to the cause  of
international communism.

Briefly,  our greatest loss has been to force  Iraq,  Syria,  and
Libya  to  turn to Russia and her satellites for  arms,  and  the
consequent  admission  of thousands of communist technicians  and
others into these countries,  with long-term consequences as  yet
unknown.

Secondly, our conduct towards the Palestine refugees and the Arab
States  has  weakened  our position immensely both in  the  vital
Middle  East and also throughout the Afro-Asian nations who  hold
the balance of power economically,  militarily,  and  politically
through  the  United  Nations  between the  free  world  and  the
communists.

The  continuance  of  this vexing dispute can only  result  in  a
further  deterioration of our position throughout areas that  are
crucial  to us for oil and other raw materials,  for markets,  as
well  as  for reservoirs and manpower which if  lost  and  turned
against us could well spell the end of western civilization.

A SOLUTION

Fortunately for the free world, the history of the Middle East is
such  that  a firm,  lasting,  and beneficial peace is  possible.
Both  the Jews and the Arabs are blood brothers of  Abraham,  the
Jews through Isaac and the Arabs through Ishmael.   This has been
a  happy  circumstance throughout the long history of  these  two
peoples, with the Arabs having treated the Jews as brothers until
the  rise  of political Zionism presented the  Palestinian  Arabs
with the prospect of eviction from their historic homeland.

In fact, even after such eviction did take place, the Jews in the
Middle  Eastern  countries continued to have all the  rights  and
privileges accorded any other citizens of these countries, and it
took  the  Israeli  invasion  of Egypt in  1956  to  disturb  the
amicable relations that the Jews have enjoyed for centuries.

The  ways  of  God  are beyond  man’s  understanding  and  it  is
possible,  in fact it is probable,  that the ten tribes of Israel
that  lost  their  identity in 519 B.C.  while  captives  of  the
Assyrians  are  intimately co-mingled throughout the Arab  world,
and  God’s  covenant to Abraham has been  fulfilled  through  the
presence of these descendents in Palestine.

I propose,  therefore,  that the Middle East countries, including
Israel,  be  joined  together in a political union,  a  Union  of
States of Abraham, with a constitution based upon our own, as has
been done in formulating the constitutions of many of the nations
founded since 1776.

Such a union would not be too difficult to achieve, as all of the
Middle  East  countries already have some form of  constitutional
government,  especially  in  the legislative field,  and  I  feel
confident  that  the differences arising out of  the  merging  of
democracies  with constitutional monarchies can be resolved with-
out detriment to the two kingdoms in the area.

The  success of this proposal would rise or fall on one important
change in the political entity of two of the states in the union.
To  finalize the boundaries of Israel and Jordan at  the  present
armistice line would result in the continuance of two sore points
that are at the bottom of much of the trouble in the Middle East;
namely,  the  refusal  of  Israel  to  recognize  the  legal  and
legitimate   rights  of  the  Palestine  refugees  to  return  to
Palestine and regain their property and livelihoods, and two, the
inability  of  either state to make use of the Jordan  River  for
economic  purposes  absolutely vital to  two  otherwise  unviable
states.   The answer to both of these problems is to merge Israel
and Jordan into one state within the union.  This would result in
just  about  an  equal number of Jewish  and  Arab  voters,  thus
ensuring  that  legislative  action touching on these  two  vital
matters  would be taken on the basis of their merits rather  than
any  internal political considerations detrimental to the  common
good.

BENEFITS

The  benefits  of  such  a  union  are  legion,   and  if   fully
implemented,  the plan would result in the satisfaction of all of
the aims of the interested parties,  the Arabs, the Israelis, and
the free world.

First and foremost, the conflict over the territory, citizenship,
water and natural resources of Palestine would be resolved,  with
justice for the Arab refugees and a permanent, legalized homeland
for the Jews.  In fact, the need of the Israelis for “lebensraum”
would be met by the opening of all Arab countries in the proposed
union to free passage of citizens from one state to another.

Second,  through  a  federal union,  the individual states  would
retain  their  nominal  entity,   independence,   and  individual
memberhsip  in  the  United Nations as in the case  of  the  five
states comprisi8ng the USSR;  and would further retain all rights
of   local  legislation,   executive  and  judicial  powers   not
specifically  delegated  to the federal  government,  as  in  the
structure of the United States.

Third,  such  a  merger could be undertaken without prior  United
Nations  action  at any time agreeable to Israel and any  of  the
Arab States that wished to join the proposed union.

Fourth,  it  would free the vast resources of the free  world  to
assist   in  the  full  development  of  the  important  economic
resources  of  the  Middle East,  and foster the  creation  of  a
strong,  viable area.   Further,  the monies now being devoted to
the  maintenance of large military forces could be turned  toward
peaceful purposes,  and one strong,  well-integrated force backed
by  a  sound  economy established to defend  the  new  union  and
bolster the defenses of the free world.

Fifth,  such  a  plan  would implement the British  promises  and
declarations made to the Arabs and Jews beginning with 1915,  and
would  pave the way for the restoration of British  prestige  and
economic participation in the Middle East.

Sixth,  the  settlement of the Arab refugee question on the basis
of  full  justice would be of tremendous value in  regaining  the
confidence  of  the uncommitted Afro-Asian nations in  the  basic
good intentions of the West,  and well may mark the turning point
in  the  world-wide battle for men’s minds,  especially  in  this
critical and uncertain area.

A  by-product  of this action by the West would be  to  open  the
doors  of  many of these nations to fuller economic  cooperation,
and  the  development of much-needed markets  for  the  expanding
world economy.

SUMMARY

This  proposed  “Union  of States of Abraham” would  provide  all
parties concerned with an opportunity for face-saving,  produce a
truly  strong and sound economy for the Middle  Eastern  peoples,
and  most  important  of all,  result in a  lasting  “peace  with
justice”  in  this important area.   We have nothing to lose  and
everything  to  gain  in presenting this plan to  the  Arabs  and
Israelis for their consideration.

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