The minimum you must know
Saudi Arabia and Israel were on the verge of an extraordinary peace agreement that has been delayed because of recent events inside Israel. This writer hopes the peace process will quickly be restarted, and that the governments are going to become great friends by significantly improving relations between the populations. There’s every reason for Jewish - Muslim peace. And there’s phenomenal leadership for peace. Everyone involved deserves tremendous credit for their courage for peace.
Saudi Arabia wants a Palestinian state to become formed as part of the normalization in Saudi-Israeli relations. This should be easily achieved when calm returns to the holy land. The Israeli and Palestinian governments both want a Palestinian state to form because a “two-state solution” to peace preserves both governments in their present form. (Hamas and Fatah have been alternating Palestinian governments at peace with each other. Nomenclature doesn’t have to matter in resolving matters. Can they reach agreement to be in the future? Both political parties needs must be met to finally resolve the matter. Perhaps that can be how.)
Traditionally the two state solution has been agreeable to both Israel and Palestine without negotiation. In fact, both governments have always vehemently insisted that’s the only path to peace right now. A one state solution might produce a voting demographic unsupportive of any of the existing governments. And the Israeli and Palestinian governments also have a shared interest in where two state solution borders become drawn for the same reason, because they both want to preserve their demographics. (No government seeks to add an unsupportive group.) Obviously there’s going to be some negotiation over integrated areas. But the self-interests of both the Palestinian and Israeli governments are aligned in that process.
In places with integrated populations, the Israeli and Palestinian governments have an even more profound shared interest in declaring peace with one another. Integrated populations follow examples set by their government institutions and heads of state. They work well together when governments are publicly at peace with each other, and against one another -and consequently the greater good- when they aren’t. So simply declaring “peace” and setting a peaceful and even generous example may lead entire integrated populations to behave far better towards one another, so that the entire group can advance much faster. There is an incredibly important shared interest in peace between Israelis and Palestinians as a result. So there’s every reason for Saudi Arabia’s leadership on peace to become very successful for Israel and Palestine.
That’s why Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan led a distinguished Saudi delegation to an urgent meeting of the Arab League (of countries) that was convened at the request of Palestine. There the undersecretary called for an immediate resumption of the peace process. The Arab League said they seek to provide international protection for the Palestinian people, and achieve peace and security based on international law, international legitimacy resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative.
There is U.S. political support for peace - once calm returns to the region. Republicans such as Governor Ron Desantis are calling on the United States to support alliances without any U.S. military involvement whatsoever. He said very directly about Gaza that, “I don’t think it’s our war,” and wrote about Ukraine that he fully supports the government being at peace with Russia. “While the U.S. has many vital national interests,” he said, “becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them.” Most leading republicans agree with him. And democrats such as Congresswoman Ilhan Omar have given impassioned speeches for peace between Israel and Palestine. President Biden patterned peace in the following remarks as well.