I will quote Roane Cary's second-to-last sentence. "The alternative to that is not only more warfare but, sooner or later, world recognition that there should be only one state in Israel and the territories." This the only real satisfying and lasting alternative--one state (United Palestine)
United Palestine--a challenge to the races and religions of Palestine. Great religions must practice tolerance, equality and sustainability. How great are the religions of Palestine? Let them rise to the challenge of the times by together authoring a constitution for a new United Palestine.
We need a Israeli-Palestinian great experiment--United Palestine. The United States is a great experiment that flourishes today but is in need of renewal.
Israelis and Palestinians must convene a constitutional convention. This new constitution must explicitly foster agreed-upon social values. Think of all the social values needed to fairly and sustainably integrate two "opposing" sides.
One major social value that needs clarification is the idea of separation of church and state. We define religion as a set of beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life. We define church as a social organization of the followers of a same religion. The separation of church means that the state cannot favor one church over another and that the state cannot establish a religion. The state, however, does need to control a religion if its worship practices and other social manifestations become too extreme and counter to the values fostered by most people of the state.
The way a state truly incorporates the values of its people is by continually giving its people the information and power to make well-informed decisions about the state's duties and purposes. The state must foster an educational and media system that fairly represents all sides of every issue. This responsible information-disseminating system must be better than all commercial propaganda combined. The state must also provide forums for input and debate of all the issues and limit the undue influence on the political system of money and special interests.
The state must provide everyone a secure place in society according to their needs and abilities. This means education, shelter, food, healthcare and job-service opportunities. If a person has a secure, respected, responsible place in society they are not likely to jeopardize it with anti-state and anti-ethnic acts.
The state must offer personal self-realization. With current technology there is no need for all to work all the time--all should work some of the time. The state must offer something better than TV for leisure hours. Services, education, religious, political and artistic pursuits are examples.
As we see today the state must also offer a national banking and monetary system not base on debt and control of its international money flows and exchange rate.
There are some who do not have the values of equality and sustainability and are thus "free" to be greedy and selfish businesspeople. The state must control business to be fair to the people and environment and not "free" to do whatever it wishes.
The constitutional convention will flesh out many ideals for a modern ethical, fair and sustainable government.
Let's bring Palestine's two great religions together with the common values they foster.
Let's define democracy anew for this critical time.
Let United Palestine be an example for the future.
Redwood City, CA
Jan 22 2009 - 4:40pm