Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hashemite Kingdom of Wadis Arabia Alternative II

It seems again as if the United States, in their rush to find a "solution" to the Israeli/Palestinian problem are focusing on the borders of a Palestinian state defined by the pre-1967 borders of the West Bank and Gaza.

This solution again does not in any way solve the dilemma of what to do with the millions of Palestinians warehoused for decades in refugee camps. Where do they go? What do they do? And again what will the Palestinians within the above mentioned borders do for a living. What about full sovereignty? What sense of pride will the Palestinian people have in their work, their country, their future under the solutions being rushed to acceptance by governments looking for a quick fix and not long term solutions?

I have adjusted my original outline for a Hashemite Kingdom of Greater Palestine with, what I feel, are a few major but key adjustments. The first is to redefine the solution as the Hashemite Kingdom of Wadis Arabia. This solution encompasses a region, not a country or people from one nation. It requires a name for the entire region and a group of people for a common goal.

The second and perhaps most noticeable is the redrawing of the southeastern dividing boundary between Wadis Arabia and Saudi Arabia. It is my belief, after some consideration, that Saudi Arabia would not wish to part with Duba, Saudi Arabia and its key port and transportation links in northwest Saudi Arabia.

It is also my belief that the creation of new port facilities in the new area of Wadis Arabia facing the Red Sea would create a massive amount of new jobs for the new kingdom. The creation of port facilities here would also allow for the transfer of industrial type facilities away from the Taba, Eilat, Aqaba, Haql area for use then by mainly tourist and water desalinization facilities. A tiny corner of the much larger Saudi Arabia would become a major focus and center of growth for an enlarged Wadis Arabia.

Next is the addition of the consideration of adding the districts of Tyre, Bint Jbeil, Marjeyun and Hasbaya in Lebanon to the new kingdom. This addition is based upon two factors. One is the allowance of a direct connection to the Litani River in Southern Lebanon. As massive amounts of fresh water leave to the Mediterranean through this river, any collection or diversion of this incredibly valuable resource as both an economic and well as political tool for long term peace in the region should not be ignored. More than money, more than arms, more than rhetoric, the transfer of the lower Litani basin to Wadis Arabia would provide a much more effective lever to the hope of peace and expanding viability to the new kingdom.

The second reason is based upon the complete lack of attention paid to these four districts by the powers that be in Beruit over decades of opportunity. The relatively small population of perhaps 250,000 in total would receive much greater attention in a Wadis Arabia area of influence. The addition of the water and agriculture possibilities of this area to a Wadis Arabia far exceed any use for the area shown by Lebanon in the past many decades.

Also by allowing the very center of Hezbollah to become a part of a solution, not only for themselves but the Palestinians, Jordanians, Iraqis and other displaced peoples cannot be overlooked as another way to defuse tensions in the region while also bringing renewed purpose to all of those of the current lower Litani River basin.

The inclusion of the Nabatiya district has been considered as well but was not included at this posting.

It cannot be stressed enough that this entire concept of a Hashemite Kingdom of Wadis Arabia is based upon a few simple principles.

A viable homeland must be found for all Palestinians. This means not just larger camps and walled communities with little long term prospects. It means a solution of a state with framework to all of the rights and privileges of any other country in the world.

It should be led by a government that has had decades of experience in governing effectively and have the acceptance of its neighbors.

The use of a long term solution to the water problems of the entire area must be the basis for any solution, not threat of war, current boundaries or current political sovereignty. It is for water that they all will come and all will agree.

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