Sunday, April 20, 2014

On a Two-State Solution in Israel and Palestine

Written on November 21st, 2012
Edited in April 2014

   In the two-state solution, Gaza and the West Bank form a geographically-separated Palestinian government. In the three-state solution, Gaza gets governed by neighboring Egypt, and the West Bank gets governed by neighboring Jordan.

   Some supporters of Palestine support Palestinian statehood with full membership in and recognition by the United Nations. This would help Palestinians pursue cases against Israel in the International Criminal Court, which it can't do now because it isn't considered a sovereign country.

   But I don't support Palestinian statehood because I don't support Statism (territorial monopoly on government), and I don't support its U.N. membership because I oppose international government and I think the U.N. Security Council is a five-country tyranny over world affairs.

   I think the Palestinians should pursue nationhood instead of Statism; they should give political minorities the right to have their own government systems (if they can exist without making demands on non-consenting people). I think they can do this by considering common and natural law systems, and constitutional law with emphasis on libertarianism, decentralization of power, and contract rights originating with the people.

   It's also very important that the Palestinian nation or nations (nation = group of people; State = corporatized monopoly government) allow communities to be autonomous.

   This is because the most ultra-Orthodox Jews who oppose Zionism believe that until the Messiah comes, the only kind of man-made government which is permissible is one in which Jewish communities are governed by the rabbinic law interpretations of 23-rabbi courts (sanhedrins), with a 71-rabbi court in Jerusalem.

   Although Jerusalem's court is bigger, it's a decentralized system, and there wouldn't be centralized control over Jewish religious affairs, which in the modern State of Israel is wielded by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

   In summary, I support Jewish theo-kritocratic (rule by G-d and [rabbinic] judges; krito = rule by judges) communal autonomy, operating within a form of Palestinian nationhood (not Statism) which embraces individual and local political rights.

   Neturei Karta and the followers of Yoel and Moshe Teitelbaum believe that first, the State of Israel must be dismantled (hopefully peacefully); not just the secular aspects of the government, but the religious aspects too.

   The late Meir Kahane and his brother would argue that only the secular aspects of the State should be dismantled.

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