Sunday, October 7, 2007
MK BENNY ELON TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE IN JERUSALEM WEDNESDAY - US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TO PUBLICLY ENDORSE ELON PLAN AT PRESS CONFERENCE
MK Benny Elon to launch "The Israeli Initiative" - The Right Road to Peace"
to Foreign Media
US Presidential Candidate to Publicly Endorse Plan at Press Conference
Jerusalem - Oct. 10th: MK Benny Elon, Chairman of the National Union Party,
will launch a million-dollar advertising campaign to promote "The Israeli
Initiative - The Right Road to Peace" on Wednesday, Oct. 10th at 12:00pm at
Beit Agron in Jerusalem. A prominent US presidential candidate will endorse
the plan, and MK Elon's vision via exclusive video at the press conference.
A prominent American multi-millionaire has funded the campaign. The campaign
will comprise of approximately 400 billboards, an extensive Internet
campaign in Hebrew and English, a website in seven languages,
www.hayozma.org , and the distribution of a 16-page booklet to key
decision-makers in Israel, the US, Europe, South America, Asia and Arab
"The Israeli Initiative" is MK Elon's proposed solution for solving the
Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It is based on three principles; a
humanitarian solution, a regional solution and Israeli sovereignty over
Judea and Samaria.
Uri Bank, English Language Spokesperson
Cell: +972 52 566 5668
From an historic perspective, this could be a significant event. The Bush administration is the first US Presidential administration to actively work for the establishment of an arab terrorist entity in the heart of biblical Israel. Clearly the inertia for the policy was inherited from Slick Willy, but the Bush people have been convincing in their interest to promote Pali statehood (in reality, not making much progress. One could argue this is intentional).
Almost immediately following 9-11, it appeared W. was very concerned with ending the conflict between the arab terrorist PA's war on Israel. Most people who have been watching and have any inkling of understanding of US interests have assumed that this policy continues to be a cost of the war against arabfacism. To have a US presidential candidate from the President's own party advocate a polar opposite policy, reversing the sitting President would be historic. For a Democrat presidential candidate to endorse the Elon plan would be suicide. It has to be a Republican, but who?
I do not wish to play the speculation game and this is not the purpose of the post but a little politics here would be instructive. The endorsement would be least important for Giuliani since it seems that Jewish Republicans have favored him from the outset. Thompson and Romney would benefit the most from the endorsement. The others are not factors in the race for now but McCain and Huckabee should be watched, their prominence possibly enhanced with an endorsement. Much to the chagrin of the Israel news junkies, in terms of Presidential politics, the story is a small splash of news and worth about 15 seconds of news coverage, maybe.
The Elon plan is worth looking at because it points out some realities:
- Most importantly that Samaria and Judea are Jewish land.
- Elon captures the morality issue, looking to handle arab relations in a humane and moral way while not surrendering the point that it is they who are occupiers.
- It indicts UNWRA for the arabian lobby fraud that it is.
- The plan tells the truth about Jordan, as politically incorrect as it may be.
IMHO, the plan re-creates the city-state. Pockets of arabian populations politically Jordanian but living on the Israeli side of the Jordan river will remain. Israel will be challenged to sell this plan without explaining the economic reality of how isolated villages will survive without all their needs being met from the outside given that the arabians have not developed too much in the way of industry and business. A modern city-state could be a very productive and profitable existence for its dwellers if a business niche could be discovered. An arabian city-state in Judea, for instance would have no national security issues, favorable tax status and trade relationships a virtual economic empowerment zone, if not for arabian hate.
In the end, the Elon plan will probably not be acceptable because it requires an end of conflict acknowledgement on the part of the palis and foregoing of the right of return. Jerusalem too will no longer be on the board. These factors require negating ego and accepting reality. Arabians have a hard time doing that.