Why Political Regimes Matter & the Limits of Covenants

For decades now, the west and by extension Israel which is often thought of as an American frontier, has been besieged by propaganda that an openly agreed covenant would resolve the peace process; a nomenclature of U.S. Department of State.  The Israeli’s knew something that State ignored, the nature of regimes matter, and politics is ultimately about ethics.

State pushed a false realism that if Israel, which has made peace with Jordan and Egypt in openly secured covenants, then Israel should do the same with Palestinians.  No mention here of how wealthy petro-Monarchies view the Palestinians as proxies keeping Israel in a near permanent state of war.  Nevertheless, the positivist mindset of pursuing open covenants missed the geopolitics of the nature of regimes or the kind of political comity that animates Islamic Civilization.  Egyptian and Jordanian initiatives have no affinity to Palestinian claims.

Even if the Israeli’s pursued a three State solution where Egypt controls Gaza and Jordan annexes the West Bank, the black box of Iranian regional ambitions remains unsettled.  And lets not forget Turkey, Lebanon or the Syrian civil war raging.  Nevertheless, having Islamists arriving in Golan from McKinder’s Heartland should provide caution for State and its view of covenants.

Simply put, as it stands today, a Palestinian state on Israel’s border isn’t a viable option.

Even a three state solution is a return to pre-1967 borders.  Do we really want a besieged settler mindset enveloping Israel?

Here’s a solution:  the American’s must maintain to underwrite Israeli prerogatives as we do with other Arab nation states in the region, however, until Islamic Civilization accommodates western political norms, there cannot be openly agreed covenants.

Panorama of Jerusalem old city. Israel

About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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