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The steps that will lead to peace

Do not force any shortcuts and allow for a proper education to have an impact first.

IDF soldiers conduct activities in the Gaza Strip, Jan. 15, 2024. Credit: IDF.
IDF soldiers conduct activities in the Gaza Strip, Jan. 15, 2024. Credit: IDF.
Shmuel Katz. Photo: Courtesy.
Shmuel Katz
Dr. Shmuel Katz is a fellow of the Israeli Surgical Society, the American College of Surgeons and other medical societies.

When the dangerous and fanatic leaders of Iran called the State of Israel the “Little Satan” and the United States the “Big Satan,” they were calling and planning for the destruction of both.

When Muammar Ghaddafi decided not to build nuclear weapons, he envisioned that he would be able to control Europe by having his loyal males marry the women of Europe and dominate the continent in 30 years.

When many radical Muslim spiritual leaders across the globe preach the world domination of Islam and the destruction of all infidels, they mean every word that they say. Unfortunately, their followers take these words as a religious ruling to implement a mandatory spiritual mission. These dreams, if realized, will put atheists, Christians, Jews, moderate Muslims and others in danger.

When the self-serving, corrupt and cruel leaders of Hamas promise in public that they will repeat the atrocities they committed against Jews and non-Jews on October 7 until they kill all the Jews, we should believe them. At the same time, we should be aware of the fact that they are a part of the radical Islamic movement that is aiming for world domination.

When oblivious political leaders try to impose a two-state solution on the State of Israel, they ignore the fact that there was already a two-state solution implemented in Mandatory Palestine when the British gave about 80% of the land to the Hashemite family to create the Hashemite Kingdom of Trans-Jordan. Some 70% of Jordan’s population is composed of Arab Palestinians.

When a 1947 U.N. resolution mandated a new two-state solution on the remaining 20% of the land, the Jews accepted it but the neighboring Arab states rejected it and initiated a war to destroy the reestablished Jewish state.

When Israel, together with the U.S. and others, offered to create another, totally new Arab Palestinian state on part of the remaining 20% of what was once Mandatory Palestine, the offer was rejected multiple times by the Arab Palestinians.

When a peace process developed between the State of Israel and multiple Arab states, the corrupt and self-serving Arab Palestinian leadership continued with cruel and destructive policies of deception, brainwashing and bribery to prevent any reconciliation with Israel.

When Iran developed its evil network of proxies in the region, they included the terror organization Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2006.

When Hamas oversaw the education and the indoctrination of their people, they created a ruthless population that included the entire population, of all ages, both male and female. Hamas did not care about its people, using them as human shields to protect its terrorists.

When Hamas, the proxy of Iran, decided to launch thousands of rockets and invade Israel on Oct. 7, they committed horrible atrocities that included killing civilian Jews and non-Jews indiscriminately, raping women, burning children, kidnapping hostages of all ages and more. Hamas did not care that many of its rockets fell in Gaza, killing its own people too.

When many of the civilian Arab Palestinian population—adults and children—followed the invading Hamas terrorists, they amplified the impact of the atrocities by looting, killing and burning Israeli civilians. Ironically, many of these Israeli victims used to help the same Arab Palestinians by providing them with decent employment, personal friendships, medical support, etc. But despite these friendships, these Israelis were killed and mutilated indiscriminately.

When the civilian Arab Palestinians of Gaza saw the tortured Israeli hostages and the stolen dead bodies, they cheered the terrorists, spat on and beat the victims, and offered celebratory candies and other treats to their neighbors.

When the Israeli military entered Gaza to find and free the hostages and overrun the terrorists, they found that a very large part of the population were active Hamas operatives or willing supporters of their networks. They dug terror tunnels and stored rockets, ammunition and other military equipment and infrastructure in and under U.N. facilities, hospitals, schools, mosques and even private homes.

On multiple occasions, when the Israeli military shot at hostile terrorists, some of them were dressed in civilian clothes. Chain reactions of explosions followed due to the detonation of large amounts of ammunition and explosives that were stored nearby.

When the Israeli military found the extent of the network of these tunnels, it became even more obvious that many of the tunnels and the openings, which were used to attack the Israelis, were dug and maintained by the local “innocent” population.

When practical and wise leaders again try to formulate a peaceful resolution to this ongoing conflict, the following first steps will have to be seriously considered:

  1. Eliminate the entire terrorist infrastructure.
  2. Stop deception, brainwashing and malicious propaganda in all schools and media outlets.
  3. Educate children and adults to support a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
  4. Share truthful information with all the local and international communities.
  5. Give the people hope for a better future.
  6. Marginalize and eliminate all self-serving and malicious leaders.
  7. Educate a new generation of leaders who will work to create a better future for all people.
  8. Solidify broad international support, as eliminating terror is definitively in the world’s interest.
  9. Do not force any shortcuts and allow for a proper education to have an impact first.

When responsible and serious efforts are made by all parties for a generation, a peaceful resolution will be possible, to the benefit of the region and the free world.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.
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