For Hitler, much like Mahmud Abbas, Chairman of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA), the solution for Czechoslovakia was a two-state solution. The 3.2 million Sudeten-Germans and the section of Czechoslovakia in which they lived were to become part of the German Third Reich. Hitler incited Konrad Henlein, leader of the Sudeten-Germans Peoples Party, to employ terror against the democratic Czechoslovak state. Anticipating the chaos that the Sudeten-Germans would cause and the inability of the Prague government to control it, Hitler demanded that German troops occupy the Sudetenland (Abbas would likewise demand militarization of the West Bank, thus exposing Netanyahu’s rhetoric of a demilitarized West Bank as empty). Hitler further demanded that the areas of Czechoslovakia where Magyars and Poles were a majority should be returned to Hungary and Poland respectively.
No doubt Abu Mazen (Mahmud Abbas) or his successors would eventually demand the annexation of the Galilee in northern Israel to the Palestinian state by virtue of it being a majority Arab-populated region. The area between Tiberias and Hadera (the “Triangle”), which has an Arab majority, would then seek to join the Palestinian state. Like the Sudeten-Germans in Czechoslovakia, its people would engage in terror against the Jewish state with active help from the Palestinian state.
The U.S., Russia, the U.N., and the E.U. would, no doubt, consider the demands of the Arab-Palestinians legitimate, if for no other reason than to stem Arab anger and aggression — which is exactly what was done in Munich in 1938. With Mussolini of Italy as the mediator, the four powers: Germany, France, Britain, and Italy (The Soviet Union and, more importantly, Czechoslovakia were not invited) agreed that the Sudetenland should be annexed to Germany. Moreover, the government of Czechoslovakia was warned by Britain and France that if it rejected this solution, it would have to fight Germany on its own. This would very likely be the stance the U.S., Russia, the U.N., and the E.U. would take with regard to Israel.
It is inconceivable to clear-minded people that the Palestinians would ever be content with a tiny state that would require Israel’s consent for a land bridge between Gaza and the West Bank (in itself a risky proposition for Israel). Furthermore, this is only possible under the assumption that Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza would make peace with each other. If they do not, then a West Bank-based Palestinian state would have no outlet to sea. This would stifle commerce and, given the lack of natural resources, the Ramallah-based Palestinian State would be an economic basket-case and a welfare burden on the international community.
President Obama is sure to give Israel security and diplomatic guarantees, but the democracies in 1938 made a similar commitment to Czechoslovakia — and we know how quickly those commitments were abrogated. Hitler’s Mein Kampf laid bare his intentions. Thus, our original poll statement: “over time Palestinians must work to get back all the land for a Palestinian State…” is the truest expression of Palestinian intentions. If Israel seeks to avoid the fate of 1938 Czechoslovakia, it must convince itself and its allies that it is premature to speak of a Palestinian state and a two-state solution until such time as the Palestinians have managed to make peace among themselves. They must also demonstrate that they have taught their children the virtues of peace and are willing (through extensive remedial education) to accept by deeds rather than by words Israel’s rightful and permanent reality as the sovereign homeland of the Jewish people.
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