February 21, 2007

Book: The Case for a Larger Israel

A new book, The Case for a Larger Israel, by David Naggar is available for you to read at http://www.alargerisrael.com/. From the author's website:

When I was an active litigator, I kept in mind what decent lawyers know: if someone sues your client, it is generally advisable to sue back.

With a countersuit in place, the dynamics of the negotiation changes. Each side may be owed something, and advocates and peacemakers alike must take this into account when proposing a settlement.

As of yet, Israel’s advocates have not presented a credible countersuit against those who demand that Israel withdraw to its pre-1967 borders. No one has effectively put forth a case that Israel, to be a self-sustaining viable State, must have adequate territory, and that a self-sustaining viable Israel not only serves the interests of peace, but also greatly benefits humanity otherwise. A more balanced negotiation, and a more enduring peace between Israel and her neighbors will arise from advancing this case. Only by laying out this argument will Israel’s full needs be taken into account when the time comes to set regional borders.

Today, only Palestinian statelessness and Israel’s security needs are discussed. Israel’s
need to be viable has not been considered by the international community since 1920, when the much larger original borders of what was to become British Mandate Palestine—a homeland for the Jews—were agreed upon.

The international consensus solution, two States—one Israeli, one Palestinian—within the confines of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank—is based on fatally flawed assumptions. Even if two such States could be delineated by fiat, doing so would not produce a lasting peace. Neither State would be viable. And with ever advancing technology, and ever more powerful arsenals, it should be clear that failure to achieve true peace may eventually lead to a much wider and more
lethal war.

Therefore, the assumptions underlying these international proposals must be revisited. The problem must be considered anew. A better approach to a sustainable peace must be found and pursued. --

David Naggar
© 2007