WOULD THE WORLD PEACE FORCE DO?
the Arabs and Jews in Palestine
current troubles in the land of Palestine began in the middle of the
Arabs and Jews were separated—but
in ways that were unsatisfactory to both sides.
Violent warfare has erupted again and again in this area of the Earth.
If we imagine a disarmed planet without national military forces,
we might see some immediate steps toward a settlement of land claims
that will result in stable peace between the hostile parties.
BACKGROUND HISTORICAL FACTS
NEEDED: A THOUSAND-YEAR SOLUTION FOR PALESTINE
IF THE WORLD PEACE FORCE WERE FULLY ESTABLISHED
IN THE EMERGENT YEARS
FINAL SETTLEMENT OF LAND CLAIMS
NOW BACK TO THE REALITIES OF 2013
WOULD THE WORLD PEACE FORCE DO?
the Arabs and Jews in Palestine
James Leonard Park
The facts of the state of Israel are well
In 1948 the British mandate
which had been in effect since the Second
came to an end.
A homeland was established for the Jewish people in the land of
The Arabs who were living there mostly moved across the River Jordan,
into what was then called "Trans-Jordan".
It is now the Kingdom of Jordan.
Arabs were forced into "refugee camps" within the
new state of Israel.
These were supposed to be temporary, of course,
but there was no plan for a permanent settlement of these displaced
So they have lived for generations in what they believe is exile from
In their most primitive thinking, they will eventually be able to
In 2009, renewed fighting broke out between the Gaza
Strip and nearby Israel.
Jews and Arabs began killing one another again,
mainly because they belong to different ethnic groups.
If they were all Arabs or all Jews, they would certainly not kill one
in 2012, the same thing happened again:
the two sides began raining death upon each other, almost at random.
2. NEEDED: A THOUSAND-YEAR
SOLUTION FOR PALESTINE
When the British left in 1948,
broke out between the Jews and the Arabs,
because neither side was satisfied with the division of the land of
Almost always the Jewish fighters prevailed.
And whenever more land has been taken since 1948,
it has always been the expansion of lands for the Jewish people.
The one-thousand year solution for this conflict
is to establish firm and
between the hostile factions
of the Semitic peoples.
Large populations will have
to move before permanent peace can be
And new political arrangements will emerge within each group.
people is always better than killing people.
Some people will have to give up their 'sacred' claims to land
in exchange for permanent peace.
A new state will have to be established for the Arabs now living in
which have become modern cities.
3. IF THE WORLD PEACE FORCE
WERE FULLY ESTABLISHED
We can begin to think about the current situation
thru the lens of the most utopian possibility.
It will take 100 years to establish the World Peace Force,
but once it has been established,
it will handle situations like Palestine much differently
than anything that is even remotely possible now.
But if we have the ultimate goal in mind,
we can make small steps in that direction,
even if the ultimate resolution will not be reached by anyone now
Once the planet Earth has been civilized and disarmed
and this disarmament is being firmly enforced by the World Peace Force,
then the wars between Arabs
and Jews would not be possible.
Neither side would posses any
of the weapons of war
that they have frequently used against each other:
The Arabs would not possess rockets to fire at Israel.
The Jews would not possess planes and tanks to harm the Arabs.
Neither side would have any organized military forces.
Whenever there is a dispute between peoples,
they are required to take it to the World Court,
instead of resorting to violence to subdue or destroy the other.
In other words, the violent conflict would not be
if the World Peace Force were fully operational in a disarmed world:
No national or private military forces would exist.
Small conflicts between peoples
would be dealt with by calling upon the World Peace Force
to intervene to prevent any killing
while the dispute was settled by rational means.
Officers of the World Peace Force would be stationed
everywhere on Earth
as local police now cover every geographical location.
One of the most important functions of the World Peace Force
would be to prevent anyone else from having any weapons of war.
transportation, possession, and use of the weapons of
would be prohibited
everywhere on the planet Earth.
Whenever and wherever this universal disarmament is violated,
the World Peace Force would have unquestioned authority
to remove and destroy the weapons of war.
And all persons who have violated the ban on weapons and warfare
will either be put in prison
or (if they resist) killed.
The World Peace Force would know about any attempts
to stock-pile weapons.
Neither side would have the capacity to kill people on the other side.
And the final settlement of the land claims would make a lasting peace.
4. IN THE EMERGENT
In the 100 years of transition to the World Peace
there will be some national forces still in existence on the planet
And sometimes these national forces would cooperate with the World
especially when it is clear what needs to be done.
In the situation of Palestine in 2030,
officers of the World Peace Force would already be present
to prevent as much killing as possible
and to imprison any people using weapons.
If they cannot be convinced to stop killing,
the killers might have to be killed themselves.
In the emergent years, the killing would eventually
and a large contingent of the World Peace Force
would prevent any further violence coming from either side.
Then the dispute would be submitted to the World
This could be expected to take several years,
since passions run so high on all sides.
But at least all peace-loving peoples of the Earth
could point to the on-going legal process
that will eventually result in a just settlement of the land dispute
between the Arabs and the Jews of Palestine.
And even a legal dispute that takes several years to
can take place in a world at peace:
The various sides to any dispute will not be killing one another.
Rather, they will be discussing
their different perspectives.
If we were now in the emergent years of the World
there would be automatic responses to all acts of killing:
Everyone would first think of the World Peace Force:
How many more members of the
WPF are needed to stop the violence?
There would be no need for meetings
anywhere on Earth
to decide what to do.
The officers of the World Peace Force
would automatically enforce
the world law against killing.
5. FINAL SETTLEMENT OF
The Arabs and Jews are fighting because they were
not properly separated in 1948.
The lands controlled by either group were not firmly and justly
So this would be the work of the World Court.
Judges who have no vested
interest in any particular outcome
who could not even be suspected
of favoring either side—
will hear all claims from anyone who legitimately has a right to be
Who controlled these lands in ancient times,
before nation-states in our modern sense emerged?
Who can claim to be the successors
of the ancient peoples?
Who controlled these lands thru all historic periods
for which we have reliable historical records?
Should any military victories of the past be allowed
Or should lands taken by force be returned
to the descendants of those displaced at that
Since the World Court will be creating a permanent,
it will allow an appropriate
period of time for any land-settlement to
If the World Court were to draw new instant borders
between warring factions who still have weapons to kill their enemies,
then they would certainly fall into warfare immediately after new
borders are announced,
since neither side is likely to be satisfied with the new lines.
(In fact, that would be a sign of the justice of new borders:
Both side would reject the settlement decided by the World Court
because they did not get everything they wanted.)
might be a reasonable period of time
before the new borders were permanently established.
This would give time for further arguments to be presented to the World
about some details of the new lines to be drawn between the Arabs and
During the transitional period, the World Peace Force
will have to maintain a large contingent of armed officers
to keep the people from killing one another.
Once a reasonable homeland for the Arabs of
Palestine has been established,
the rest of the world can begin to adjust to this new fact.
Arabs and Jews who do not wish to living within new borders
where they will be in the minority
can arrange to sell their homes and businesses
to people who will be moving in
when they move out.
No lands or other property will be taken by force.
No buildings will be destroyed because they formerly belonged to an
Each transfer will take place between a willing seller and a willing
And they will agree upon a price both can accept.
They will set a date for transfer,
within the period of transition to the new borders.
During this ten years of transition,
everyone in Palestine will be free to emigrate to other countries.
If any people do not want to
be parts of the newly-established states,
they can apply to move to any other country on Earth.
Peacefully the populations still in Palestine can be
Jews will live within borders established by the World Court.
They will no longer claim any rights to establish settlements outside
Arabs will have a new homeland to call their own.
And they will stop claiming any right to kill Jews or eliminate Israel.
Peace between the two new geographical states
will have to be enforced by the World Peace Force
for several years after the final land settlement,
since some people on both sides will
keep their anger for a generation or
children will grow up accepting the facts
of the new borders.
And they will proceed with their daily lives
without thoughts of changing the borders again when they get older.
They will accept the permanent borders as decided by the World Court
and enforced by the World Peace Force.
As more decades of peace are achieved,
the old warriors will die out.
And with them some of the bitterness that possessed their lives.
The World Peace Force can be gradually reduced
as the people on both sides prove by their behavior
that they have ever-diminishing inclination to kill one another.
And if the expectation of peace proves to be
the World Peace Force can increase
the number of officers at any time.
6. NOW BACK TO THE
REALITIES OF 2013
Because there is no established World Peace Force,
the nation-states of the present world
will have to do something to improve the present situation.
responsible persons on all sides
will probably lead to a cease-fire
and the beginning again of talks between the warring sides
to establish the next
temporary solution to the conflict.
Because there is no established rule of law in
Palestine in 2013,
anyone who has weapons feels free to use them against 'the enemy'.
Perhaps international peacekeepers will be allowed into the affected
where they can at least reduce
the level of violence
while more responsible people on both sides
become engaged in active negotiations to resolve their disputes,
perhaps one small step at a time.
But if the negotiators in 2013 have some vision of a
they will make the necessary compromises to diminish violence
and to help everyone see that a permanent, just settlement is being
Without some on-going peace process,
the warring parties will just continue to arm themselves
for their next 'legitimate' opportunity to kill more of their
For now, we will probably have to muddle-thru,
but wiser heads might be able to envision
moving toward a just and permanent peace in Palestine
that will last for one thousand years.
James Park is an independent existential philosopher
living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
He has no ties to any of the parties involved in Palestine.
More information about the author will be discovered on his website:
An Existential Philosopher's Museum:
TO SIMILAR THINKING:
we create will depend on what we imagine
And the Internet will be one way
that creative imaginations from anywhere on our planet
can share their visions of a world without war.
When such similar thoughts are discovered,
they will be linked from here.
link leads to a collection of other essays by James Park
dealing with various dimensions of the proposed World Peace Force.
January 8, 2009; Revised 1-15-2009; 3-26-2009; 4-1-2009; 6-8-2010;
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