Posted May 1, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.”
– Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) English philosopher
In recent days the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held discussions on the situation in the Middle East, namely on Israel-Palestine peace talks and the continuing human crisis in Syria. During the close to 7 hours of UNSC member statements there was a broad consensus that a two-state solution, with Palestine becoming a sovereign nation living next to Israel in peace, was the way forward.
Many of those who spoke let their colleagues know that, instead of just another meeting that gets no results, now was the time to finally break through and bring an agreement making Palestine self-determining. At the United Nations, 2014 has become designated the “International Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian People.” Although the members of Israel’s government have as one of their greatest fears to become known worldwide as an apartheid state – 2014’s version of racist South Africa – the momentum around the Earth which finds more and more people perceiving Israel as exactly that may very well be unstoppable.
Because world opinion has turned decidedly against an Israeli set of policies toward Palestine, including an enormous increase in taking of Palestinian lands for new (illegal) settlements – approximately 7,600 new units since peace talks began 9 months ago, in addition to thousands already being built – Israel has found itself in an indefensible position that mirrors South Africa before the end of apartheid.
Other factors building negative morality-based opinion against the Israeli government include the continuing desperation felt by Palestinians from the Gaza blockade, failure of Israel to release Palestinian prisoners in the same numbers as agreed, and an annexation both Muslim and Christian shrines/holy sites – also illegal according to previous agreements.
Virtually every member of the UNSC called for a two-state solution – Palestine becoming a full member of the United Nations and receiving its legitimate and inalienable right to self-rule in the hall of nations. Israel’s member of the UNSC tried to defend his nation’s actions that have led to a world viewing clearly now the situation Palestinian people have suffered and lived under for too long, speaking, frankly, in a manner not serious enough for the circular desk of the UNSC.
In 2014, the United Nations “International Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian People”, world events are lining up in a way which gives people hope for a genuine and lasting peace breakthrough for the long-suffering Palestinian people, who deserve to finally live free of apartheid conditions after so many years. As world public opinion continues growing with righteous calls to end the apartheid system in Israel – with more and more calls for the only real solution for peace being an independent nation called Palestine – civilization moves closer and closer to that day when tensions about violence, and real violence in the Middle East, shall become memories from a nightmarish past never again to become revisited.
For Palestinians and Israelis, now is the time to truly realize and create the conditions corresponding with “And they will turn their swords into plowshares.” Plowshares not only for the new nation of Palestine and its neighbor-in-peace Israel, but for all nations of the Middle East region – and the entire world. Palestinians will then live for generations to come as normal, happy people as the Creator wished, alongside normal and happy Israeli people whom God blessed also.
One hundred years from now, the children of Palestine and Israel will find it nothing but normal to compete on the athletic field in truly friendly competition, then afterward speak softly to each other about their ancestors’ heroic actions for peace a century ago in 2014. They’ll read to each other from historical books the eloquent words spoken by men and women from Palestine, Israel and every other nation on Earth from the year 2014 long, long ago – the words of those who applied fierce determination to bring a true and lasting peace to their nations and all of humanity – then fully realize that a new world was born on the exact ground they are standing on.
They’ll gather in their homes, share confident companionship, and view films showing the paradigm-changing, transformative Earthly events experienced by good men and women – the world’s visionaries of 2014.
Reading and hearing those beautiful, heart-felt words written and spoken one hundred years earlier, those young friends, athletes, and their families will become profoundly moved to tears.
Tears of joy. Tears of peace.
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