Friday, June 3, 2011

A Fresh Proposal for Peace in the Middle East

The Muslim Brotherhood, by itself or in alliance with other Muslim parties, is projected to win a governing majority in Egypt’s September parliamentary elections.  The new parliament will move quickly to establish Sharia law.  This bodes ill for Egypt’s estimated 8-12 million Christian Copts, who are suffering increased attacks at the hands of emboldened Muslims.

What’s this got to do with the Israeli-Arab problem?

I propose a people-for-people swap.  There are an estimated 1.6-2.3 million Arabs resident in the West Bank and 1.7 million in Gaza.  These 3.3-4.0 million Palestinian Arabs would be swapped for 4 million or more Egyptian Christian Copts, funded by money from the G8 $40 billion aid fund for Egypt and Tunisia to insure that all swapped people are equally well-off or better off after resettlement.

The benefits are immediately clear.  Israel would no longer have a Palestinian problem and 4 million Egyptian Christians would no longer live under fear of Sharia law.  Ideally, even more than 4 million Egyptian Christians might be welcomed into the West Bank and Gaza,  The resulting combined Jewish Christian population would strengthen Israel.

Palestinians would no longer live under Israeli occupation and could participate in the political life of the new Egypt.

The political structure of the West Bank and Gaza would follow that of the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions of China.  For the immediate future the Christians would enjoy internal autonomy save for defense and foreign affairs which would remain in Israeli hands.

People for peace, not land for peace!


aparatchik said...

What makes you think the Copts will be all that keen on the Jews? Might be better doing a swap with Lebanon to make that a properly Christian state, also swap the Lebanese Shiites with Christian Iraqis.

As for the Palestinian Arabs: offer 30% of them Israeli citizenship (subject to recommendation by Israeli Jew and pay the rest to go and live as newly wealthy people in the newly reorganised state of Eastern Palestine (formerly "Jordan") - or any other country that wants millionaires.

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