David Rubin is the former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, a region of Samaria known to most of the world as the West Bank. He is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children's Fund, which heals the trauma of terror victim children. He is the author of “Peace for Peace: Israel in the New Middle East” and “The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama.”
Peace talks were recently announced by the White House. Ironically, Secretary of State John Kerry began discussions by holding a White House Iftar dinner marking the end of Ramadan. As David noted, this “bending over backwards” to please the Islamic world is part of a much larger problem.
Remember, Jihad (holy war against all non-Muslims) is the driving philosophy of the Islamic world including the Palestinian Authority, an organization that is supposed to be Israel's partner in peace. This complicates matters when the Palestinian Authority has placed conditions upon the peace process before they will enter into talks. These include a Jewish building freeze in Judea and Samaria as well as the release of hundreds of armed terrorists.
Some have gone so far as to communicate that Israel should be pushed into the Mediterranean Sea. Is it not a contradiction to have “peace talks” with people who hold such a destructive attitude?
In light of this, David proposed that Israel commit to the following as part of the peace process.
1—The land of Israel from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River should be considered the absolute right of the sovereign nation of Israel.
2—Israel will extend its hand in peace to all its neighbors.
3—The residents who are not citizens that live in Israel would be offered a path to loyal citizenship. This would include a 2-3 year course in Zionist, Jewish and biblical history; a pledge to serve 2-3 years of national service; and would conclude with an oath of loyalty to the Jewish state of Israel.
4.--The majority of those not prepared to become citizens would be given a stipend and transferred over the borders.