August 24th, 2021 – As we enter the 2nd decade of the 21st century, we are still trying to figure out a conflict that seems to have no end in sight for the Israelis and Palestinians. I have reached out to an Israeli politician who was in office during one of the most bloodiest fights in the conflict as of today in July 2014. He was on the 19th Knesset to be elected in 2013 until 2015.
For us to try to find the truth is to get both sides of the truth on the Israeli and the Palestinian side and try to be objective without showing any personal bias based off your religion, race, etc. It is a journalist’s worst nightmare when it comes to trying to establish a reputation as impartial.
As a Jew, I am not solely blaming Israel nor Hamas for the continuing war but the lack of stable dialogue with any well-established representatives on the Palestinian side. It has changed hands many times over the decades including al-Fatah, PLO, Palestinian Authority, Hamas, etc. But without further ado is the interview with Mr. Dov Lipman, author of his first book An ‘American-MK: Behind the Scenes in the 19th Knesset‘ for sale on Amazon or wherever major publishers are sold.
- How plausible do you think establishing dialogue with an authentic Palestinian leadership (not Hamas, PLO, al-Fatah, etc) would be in the future?
I don’t see it as plausible given the current PA leadership. They continue to pay salaries to terrorist murderers, educate their children about the destruction of Israel, and do not accept the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. Until these factors change there is no basis to even begin dialogue.
- Would the removal of Hamas be possible without civilian casualties? Other nations have seen similar scenarios, so it is not exclusive to Israel.
Sadly no because Hamas uses civilians in Gaza as human shields. They construct their terror tunnels into Israel from schoolyards, hospitals, and mosques. They launch missiles into Israel from heavily populated civilian areas. Israel does its best to avoid civilian casualties but there is no way to fight Hamas with zero civilians harmed.
- What are your views on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms not doing enough to contain the spread of disinformation regarding the conflict?
I believe that more can be done to make sure that terror groups that are determined to destroy Israel are not given a platform to spew their hate and incitement.
- With the appointment of Naftali Bennett as Prime Minister of Israel and it’s first real Jewish leader, do you think a peaceful resolution is possible?
I don’t know what you mean by Israel’s “first real Jewish leader” All of our prime ministers have been Jewish. I don’t think a resolution is possible because there is no Palestinian leadership to talk to about resolving the conflict. Let’s remember that Israel has been open to resolving the conflict since before Israel was established as a Jewish state.
The Jewish side accepted dividing the land into Jewish and Arab states in 1937 with the Peel Commission, 1947 with the UN Partition Plan, in 1967 after the Six Day War (the Arabs replied with “no peace, no recognition, no negotiations,), in Camp David in 2000 when Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians 96% of what they wanted, the 2005 Gaza Disengagement which gave the Palestinians a chance to build a Palestinian state in Gaza, and Ehud Olmert’s offer to Abbas in 2008 which was never even answered.