I am a retired naval officer who served my country for thirty years. My wife and I visited the Holy Land a year ago and saw the effects of the separation wall on the people of Bethlehem and the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Since the year 2000, I have proposed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In my video, which can be seen on YouTube, I propose doubling the area of the Gaza Strip by a landfill extending into the Mediterranean Sea. Since reading Jimmy Carter's book We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land, I have modified my proposal by adding a landfill located on the west coast of Israel to facilitate the relocation of the Jewish settlers from the West Bank.
I do not consider these proposals pro-Palestinian or pro-Israeli. They are pro-peace. There has been enough bloodshed and suffering in the name of "causes." Let us go forward in the name of humanity.
Pickens W. Irvine
Oak Harbor, WA
Sep 24 2009 - 6:08pm