As a boy, my father told me a number of things important to him. One was that he bought as many State of Israel bonds he could afford, to help Israel in its time of need. If elected next year, perhaps I can help in a different way.
For decades, I have watched and read about our repetitive, traditional efforts to help Israel, all based on giving money and weapons. Those efforts have failed to provide peace. We must do something different. If we don’t one day Israel’s enemies will win, as it only takes a single win to severely damage Israel. The finger pointing, as to who’s to blame in Washington, will begin.
Israel still needs help. This country formed in 1948, is a tiny 8,019 square miles (metro Atlanta is larger) but has been ground zero for one of the most significant, persistent and ongoing conflicts of the modern world.
The United States has spent over $118 billion to help Israel survive and prosper. When adjusted for inflation, that’s nearly one-half trillion dollars! Each American family has “donated” over three thousand dollars of their inflation-adjusted tax dollars to help Israel with no end in sight. In the next four years, our government has agreed to give them twelve billion dollars in military aid alone.
After the 1967 Six-Day War Israel increased its size by 503 square miles, plus seized 19,277 square miles of the disputed West Bank and other territories.
As you know, the source of much of the global terrorism is the intractable resistance of the Palestinians, the PLO, Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, other nation states and their sympathizers. The only solution was to back Israel at every opportunity, and continue to spend countless billions while suffering from perpetual domestic and international terrorism risks directed at American citizens.
Therefore here’s a solution, that I call New Israel. New Israel can be the new promised land, where peace and prosperity can dominate, not risk, war and fear that exists in the State of Israel today and in the future.
I suggest that we carve out a New Israel in the United States, a second non-contiguous part of Israel that can coexist with the country created in 1948. In the same way that Israel was created, we could unilaterally do it again, but this time in Texas where the climate is similar and so the Israelis have access to the Gulf of Mexico for international trade.
Texas is such a big state that you could drop Israel into it over thirty times, with room to spare. I believe that we could carve out ~8,500 square miles where I’ve circled on this map without impacting Texas, except in a positive way.
Before you dismiss this idea, although no one is doing anything else but treading water, think of this. It’s common that countries are discontiguous, or that countries have geographically separate areas but are one nation.
Even in our instance, neither Alaska and Hawaii are a part of the lower forty-eight, but are still part of the sovereign United States. The same logic can apply for New Israel. This is not new to the State of Israel; Mount Scopus was considered to be part of Israel, an Israeli exclave located in Jordan until the Six-Day War.
1 If Texans own property within the borders of New Israel, our government would pay for it under eminent domain laws and relocate our citizens. Fortunately, not many Americans live in that part of Texas. If these people want to stay on their properties, and the Israeli government allows it, they can become “in-place” immigrants while keeping U.S. citizenship and travel freely back and forth.
Generosity is key to reducing or eliminating problems.
2 We would use the billions of dollars normally sent to the State of Israel and give it to the New Israel instead. This will help develop their new territory using American and Israeli construction companies. As Texas would surround New Israel on three sides, Texas will have a large economic benefit from proximity trade that will offset its loss of territory.
Some of those billions can be used to relocate willing Israeli citizens to their New Israel, the new promised land.
As an aside, in the 1960′s the Australian government paid white U.K. citizens to relocate to Australia. Australia used to be the British penal colony. Amazingly, in that era the Australian government classified the indigenous Australians, the Aborigines, as fauna, or plants, their children were taken away and their working conditions, squalid! Fortunately, much has changed.
It’s now a prosperous, beautiful and peaceful country that people are eager to emigrate to. I think that Israelis would flock to New Israel so they can prosper in peace, rather than live in never-ending fear.
Israel has another significant problem at this time: the Israeli Arabs are increasing their population much faster than the Israeli Jews. The risk is that in a few years, the Israeli Arabs will outvote the Israeli Jews, and Israel as a Jewish state may end. New Israel will continue to be a Jewish state forever.
3 This New Israel will only be created after Israel returns the West Bank and relocates its settlers back to either pre-1967 Israel, or New Israel. With that peace accord, tensions will be lowered as will oil prices and the price of gasoline. This could start another global economic boom, as confidence and sentiment are the keys to prosperity.
This may be an out-of-the-box idea, but it’s an idea worth serious exploration. We cannot continue to pump money and resources into Israel without some serious policy changes. Eventually, we have to stop knocking our heads against the wall and find a real, and not a pretend solution.
This is it.
Finally, before you discount this article, watch this 60 Minutes report on Tel Aviv. You’ll understand why the Israeli’s live for today, because tomorrow is uncertain. This story brings to mind the Isaiah 22:13 quotation – “… let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.”
Editor’s note, August 29, 2013
I think that many Israelis will embrace New Israel. They are tired of this way of life, and death -
Let me know what you think. I’ll publish comments – firstname.lastname@example.org
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