2009/01/04:Offer Israel An Option: New Jersey - Kenneth Coffeen

Offer Israel An Option: New Jersey
The Capital Times :: OPINION :: WEB
Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dear Editor: We need a new Israel.

Over 60 years, again and again, peace proposals made in the Israel-Palestine conflict have been rejected by one side or the other. What is needed now is a whole new start. We need a peace proposal that is beyond the limitations of all that has been proposed before. I propose that the people of Israel be given a whole new land in a different part of the world.

Now, with new fighting in the Mideast, would be a good time to correct a mistaken decision by the United Nations and the allies, the partitioning of Palestine in 1948. After World War II, instead of giving the survivors of the Holocaust a small piece of arid land in the Mideast without oil, and with unfriendly neighbors, the world's leaders should have given the suffering Jewish people a land of more value. I suggest now the state of New Jersey. I call upon President Bush to offer this state to Israel. This action would finally provide him with a truly positive historic legacy.

In 1948, many U.S. citizens of New Jersey would have been willing to move to nearby states or they would have been happy to stay to build a vibrant new country with a strong economy and rich cultural heritage.

With the current economic downturn in the USA, the relocation of Israel to New Jersey would provide a needed strong economic stimulus to the entire nearby East Coast area.

Just think seriously about this, and I am sure you will agree this would be a plan with benefits for everyone.

Kenneth Coffeen, Madison