Yahmed, B├ęchir Ben
October 1975
Foreign Affairs;Oct75, Vol. 54 Issue 1, p127
Academic Journal
The author argues that peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis is not only possible but also probable. It has been endlessly repeated that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stems from the fact that both sides claim the same country. Then, there is still a wider dimension to the conflict, probably the most important one--one that actually may contain the solution--namely, the fact that the clash of interests is not limited to the Israelis and the Palestinians and not even to the Israelis and the Arabs, but that it is also a Jewish-Arab tug-of-war on a quasi-world scale. Negotiations without phony intermediaries, false masks or make-believe--but rather under the auspices of the same United Nations that brought about Israel's existence in 1948 and welcomed Palestine in 1974. First of all one must make a strategic choice either one strives for victory, that is to achieve all one's objectives and to prevent the adversary from achieving his--or one looks for a compromise. What is necessary is that the forces of progress, in both camps, adopt it, and in particular the Jews and the Arabs begin to champion a general historic compromise. For, in essence, the choice lies between such a compromise and an inconclusive Hundred Years War. To solve the Jewish problem also means to accept the unqualified principle of free Jewish immigration into the state of Israel.


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