Richard Melson

March 2006

Jerusalem Summit

Jerusalem Summit

– an international forum seeking to develop moral and efficient strategies against twin dangers facing the mankind: totalitarianism of the East, as represented by radical Islam, and moral relativism of the West, aimed at depriving cultures of their spiritual content

Redefining the Palestinian Problem:

By Martin Sherman

27 August 2005

TEL AVIV -- The time has come to redefine the conceptual context in which the plight of Palestinians is perceived. The Palestinians' violent rejection of the far-reaching Barak initiative underscores that the chances of reaching a political resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are highly remote if not totally negligible. On the one hand, it is difficult to envisage any Israeli leader offering a proposal substantially more generous than Ehud Barak's; on the other hand, its unequivocally vicious repudiation by the Palestinians indicates that even this offer, for all its unprecedented generosity, fell substantially short of their minimum demands. However, if the Palestinian problem seems insoluble in the political context, it may well be eminently soluble in other contexts -- namely the humanitarian one.

Dispassionate analysis of Palestinian behavior for well over the last half-century strongly supports the "heretical" assertion that the Palestinians are neither genuinely desirous nor deserving of statehood. In spite of unstinting international support for their cause (including strong backing from most influential media organizations, and the sponsorship of one of the two superpowers during the decades of the Cold War), the Palestinians have failed miserably in establishing any semblance of a stable, productive self-governing society or producing any capable, credible, and competent leadership likely to advance
them along the path towards that goal. Quite the contrary. Well over a decade after having the generous Oslo Accords virtually thrust upon them by an unprecedented accommodationist Israeli administration that not only acknowledged their claims for independence, but actually identified with them, the Palestinians have done nothing but produce a repressive and regressive interim regime run by cruel, corrupt thugs who have pillaged their people.

Indeed the Palestinian state has perhaps the unique distinction of achieving "failed state" status before it was actually established. Thus by their manifest inability to achieve statehood despite the highly conducive conditions that prevailed in their favor, the Palestinians appear to have failed the "test of history"-- thereby casting severe doubt as to whether they are worthy of such statehood.

BUT EVEN IF ONE is convinced that the Palestinians are undeserving of a state, the question still remains as to whether they are genuinely desirous of one. In this regard, there are two competing -- indeed antithetical -- hypotheses by which to explain the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the motivations behind it. According to the first of these hypotheses, the fuel of the conflict is the lack of Palestinian self-determination, and all that the Palestinians aspire to is the establishment of their own state. There is however an alternative explanation, whereby the fuel of the conflict is not the lack of Palestinian self-determination but the existence of Jewish self-determination, and that as long as Jewish self-determination persists, so will the conflict. Moreover, according to this alternative explanation, the goal of the Palestinians is not to establish a state for themselves but to dismantle a state for others -- the Jews. Any fair-minded analysis of Palestinian deeds and declarations show them to be far more consistent with the latter hypothesis, casting serious doubt as to the genuine nature of their intentions and the authenticity of their desire for statehood.

The generally accepted Palestinian narrative has been the major force not only for the propagation of the Palestinian claims for statehood but also for much of the international acrimony directed against Israel. Accordingly, the de-legitimization of this narrative is essential to the serious exploration of other avenues of solution. But even if the Palestinian narrative is de-legitimized, Palestinian political aspirations are discredited, and the issue of Palestinian state removed from the international agenda, the problem of the Palestinian humanitarian predicament still must be addressed.

This is a problem that can conceivably be dealt with by means of money -- specifically generous sums paid to the Palestinians to relocate and resettle elsewhere in the Arab/Moslem world. Such compensation should be the equivalent of lifetime earnings in any appropriate host country in Asia or Africa -- i.e., the GDP per capita of such a country multiplied by at least 50-100 years. This would entail a grant of US$ 100,000 -150,000 to each family unit.

In fact the cost of such a proposal compares favorably with other more conventional alternatives involving Israeli withdrawal and attempts at Palestinian self rule -- most of which have proved to be unproductive if not indeed counterproductive. The sums required for the humanitarian resettlement of the entire Palestinian population in countries with a similar/familiar socio-religious environment would be significantly less than those already spent by the U.S. on the Iraq War. It would thus be easily affordable to the international community -- especially if it were spread out over a number of years. Indeed, given Israel's current level of GDP, it would not be a ruinous burden even if the country were to bear it alone.

ANY PROPOSAL CALLING for the relocation and resettlement of the Palestinians outside the confines of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza will inevitably raise the question of its feasibility. To be sure, it is likely to be rejected vehemently by formal Palestinian organizations, which must therefore be by-passed. The problem should be "atomized" by making the offer of compensation on an individual basis directly to Palestinian bread-winners each of whom would then be faced with three alternatives: (i) reject the offer and remain under continued Israeli control; (ii) reject the offer and live under a dysfunctional Palestinian regime -- which has proved more onerously repressive than the Israelis'; (iii) accept the offer of a relocation grant equivalent to a life-time of earnings in an alternative country of residence, facilitating the chance of a new life for himself and his/her family.

If reason prevails at the individual level, there is little doubt which choice would be the most attractive. Note that the implementation of the scheme is not contingent on a negotiated agreement with an official Palestinian organ, but on the rational choice of individual families.

The proposed solution would also involve considerable benefits to the host countries accepting the resettled Palestinians, as it would bring with it a considerable -- and sorely needed -- influx of capital to their ailing economies. This would make the proposed endeavor a "win-win" measure for all concerned -- the individual Palestinians, the State of Israel, and the host nations -- except of course for the cruel and corrupt Palestinian leadership.

Martin Sherman is the Academic Director to the Jerusalem Summit and lectures in Political Science at Tel Aviv University.

Philippines hosts Israel solidarity conference:

Etgar Lefkovits. Jerusalem Post.

24 August 2004

Jerusalem Summit

A group of 200 Christian leaders from seven Asian countries met in the Philippines this week in a show of solidarity with Israel.

The first "Jerusalem Summit Asia," which was inspired by the Jerusalem Summit held in Israel last fall, brought together Christian friends of Israel from the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, India, and Taiwan, along with members of the Knesset's Christian Allies Caucus, which aims to garner the support of, and work with, pro-Israel Christians around the world.

"This historic event heralds a new era of cooperation between Israel and Asia," said the co-chairman of the Christian Allies Caucus, MK Yuri Shtern (National Union) in a telephone interview from Manila.

A declaration passed by the evangelical members of the conference at the conclusion of the two-day meet called on their governments to move their embassies to Jerusalem, not to vote against Israel at the United Nations, and to scrutinize the financial aid their countries are providing to the Palestinian Authority, said Dmitry Radyshevsky, the executive director of the Jerusalem Summit, an annual meeting of conservative thinkers.

"This unprecedented gathering will have a long-lasting effect on Israeli-Asian relations," said caucus director Josh Reinstein, adding that Singapore had agreed to host a similar event in Asia next year.

Millions of Asian Christians Stand for Israel:

The Second Jerusalem Summit Asia took place in Seoul,

South Korea, on August 9-13, 2005.

Korean Hosts of the Summit , The Kingdomizer Mission Alliance, Asia’s largest church, urged hundreds of Korean Church leaders to adopt a Resolution that has already been endorsed at previous Summits by church leaders who represent millions of Christians all over the world.

The Resolution affirms "the inalienable right of Jewish people to the entire Holy Land and Jerusalem as its eternal capital". It also calls on all the Christians in the world to demand that their governments take "three righteous steps on behalf of Israel and world peace":

1) Build new national embassies in Jerusalem within two years, to acknowledge the eternal truth that an undivided Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people, and has never been and will never be a capital for any other entity.

2) Demand that UN resettle the Palestinian refugees in the lands of their Arab brothers to rescue them from the purgatory of refugee status, which was deliberately perpetuated for decades to be used as a weapon against Israel.

3) Demand that Palestinian Authority disarm the terrorists, instead of incorporating them into their "government", and halt all violence and incitement against Israel and its people; failing that, declare the Oslo Agreements null and void.

Led by The East Gate Foundation, a major Christian organization of Philippines , Church leaders from Singapore, Indonesia , India , and Taiwan were the first to sign the Resolution at the Jerusalem Summit Asia -I that took place in 2004 in Manila, Philippines. According to Mr. Dmitry Radyshevsky, the Jerusalem Summit’s Executive Director, " Israel should not be obsessed with the support of Europe and the US . The effort to get the public support of Asia, Africa, and Latin America is of equal importance. These regions have a tremendous development potential, and their population – first of all, Christians – possesses moral clarity that draws distinction between the Good and the Evil in the Arab-Israeli conflict." (See Mr. Radyshevsky’s speech at the Seoul Summit)

The Jerusalem Summit Asia-II in Seoul was co-initiated by South Korean and Filipino Christian organizations and attended by South Korean and Filipino political scientists, media, hundreds of South Korean church leaders representing 13 million believers (26% of the country’s population), as well as members of South Korean Parliament, and Mayor of Seoul Mr. Myung Buk Lee, the former president of Hyundai Corporation and the leading contender for national presidency.

From the Israeli side, the Summit was attended by Knesset members headed by Mr. Yuri Shtern, co-chairman of Christian Allies Caucus of Knesset, as well as the Summit’s academic experts: Dr. Martin Sherman, who introduced the Humanitarian Alternative to the Oslo process, and Mr. Itamar Marcus, who introduced the evidence of the Nazi propaganda conducted by the Palestinian Autonomy, gathered by his group, Palestinian Media Watch.

Millions of South Korean Christians can see the horrible situation of their brothers in North Korea – famine and labor camps – as evidence of consequences of atheism and rejection of the Commandments. Christians consider "Blessing Israel" one of the main biblical commandments.

"Jews are the living proof that God exists," said President of Kingdomizer Mission Alliance, Dr. Moses Wang Lee. "If God exists, so do Truth and Lies, and so do the Good and the Evil. Terror is absolute evil. Anti-Semitism and demonization of Jews are absolute evils. They cannot be justified by any political ends."

South Korea and Israel have strategic reasons to stand together against the common enemy. The survival of the totalitarian North Korean regime and its ability to menace the South depend upon its sales of rockets and nuclear technologies to radical Islamic regimes and collaboration with them in the drug trade.

(See the presentation by Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld)

Another strategic consideration is the growth of Islamism in Indonesia and Malaysia, South Korea’s back-door neighbors.

The leaders of South Korea’s Christians called on their millions-strong community to pray daily for the deliverance of Israel from the threat of terror and the right of Jews to live in all the parts of the Promised Land.

Jerusalem Summit

– an international forum seeking to develop moral and efficient strategies against twin dangers facing the mankind: totalitarianism of the East, as represented by radical Islam, and moral relativism of the West, aimed at depriving cultures of their spiritual content


NEW BOOK BY JERUSALEM SUMMIT: "The Jerusalem Alternative"

Balfour Books (USA) has published Jerusalem Alternative, a collection of best presentations from the first Jerusalem Summit. The book lays intellectual foundation to the necessity and parameters of the alternative to the failed Oslo process.

Lady Baroness Caroline Cox, a veteran member of the British House of Lords, in which she serves as Deputy Speaker, became a Co-President of The Jerusalem Summit. Lady Cox, the first European leader and first woman so designated, will join fellow Co-Presidents:

US Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Dr. Daniel Pipes, Israeli MK Dr. Yuri Shtern and Bar Ilan University President Prof. Moshe Kaveh.
Baroness Cox noted her election by making a stirring address in the House of Lords which echoed central themes examined at the second Jerusalem Summit.
The main danger for Israel 's society is an internal split. To help remedy that we've held different seminars and conferences:

Elites in Israeli Society: Shifting Patterns of Power, Affiliations and Interactions
The first joint seminar of Jerusalem Summit and Tel-Aviv University (TAU) focused on the nature, composition and performance of the elites in Israeli society today. It was co-hosted by Tel-Aviv University 's Prof. Gen. (res.) Isaac Ben Israel's Workshop for Science Technology and Security.

"Absorption of new immigrants from former Soviet Union: success or an opportunity missed"
- the Jerusalem Summit panel at the yearrly conference of the Israel Political Science Association, held on May 26, 2005 .

Jerusalem Summit maintains that Israel needs a strategic diversification of partners. Therefore, in cooperation with Tel Aviv University,
Conference on Israel-Indian strategic cooperation was held in June 2005.

This conference serves as a preparation and groundwork for Jerusalem Summit-India.


The Second Jerusalem Summit Asia took place in Seoul, South Korea on August 10-14, 2005. It was hosted by the largest Church in S-E Asia, the Church of Dr. David Yonggi Cho and attended by members of S.Korean Parliament, Mayor of Seoul and dignitaries from the major countries of the region.

The Summit has adopted the "Jerusalem Accords":

a call on all Bible-believing Christians to demand from their respective governments to take

- to move embassies to Jerusalem
- to resettle Palestinian refugees in thhe third countries
- to condition financial aid to Palestinnians on total cessation of terrorism and incitement

We plan to hold a Jerusalem Summit in Odessa. "New Europe" is possibly the only hope of European Union in overcoming moral relativism, which presents a mortal peril for the old Europe.
In the framework of preparation for JS in Odessa , we are preparing a White Paper on the need of a neo-conservative revival in Europe . This will be a collection of articles by leading European neo-conservative scientists, public and Christian leaders, on the necessity of bringing together the constructive forces of Europe to resist the dying-out of Europeans, the de-Christianization of Europe, and radicalization of its Moslem population.
We will appreciate your recommendations of authors and articles on the subject, as well as for your ideas on feasibility of revival of Judeo-Christian values in Europe.

We are working on Jerusalem Summit-Africa to be held in early 2006 in South Africa in cooperation with International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) and Bridges for Peace.

De-politicization of the Problem;
De-militarization of PA;
De-jihadization of Palestinians

We continue working on an Alternative Plan to the Arab-Israeli conflict which integrates plans and arguments of the best minds connected to the Jerusalem Summit.

De-politicization implies a change of paradigm: from trying in vain to placate historically, legally and morally unjustified political demands of Palestinian leadership to caring for legitimate humanitarian needs of Palestinian people.

Humanitarian Solution is described in the paper by Dr. Martin Sherman

and is supported by the results of a poll conducted among Palestinians.

The urgency of a need for an intellectually honest and morally clear alternative is based on assessments from the top Israeli military and political experts that the Unilateral Disengagement from Gaza will lead to a major war, constituting a mortal danger to Israel, Middle East security and the free world.

Please, read some of these assessments:

IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Moshe Yaalon, Maj. General (res.);

Gen.Yakov Amidror, VP, Lander Institute, Jerusalem & Former Commander of the Israeli Military Colleges and

Yuval Stenitz, M.K, Chairman, Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee; Chairman Subcommittee for Intelligence and Secret Services.

Jerusalem Summit was actively involved in shaping the agenda for the special session of Knesset's Forum on the Middle East. The session was held on June 28th, on the subject of Nuclearization of Iran.

Dear Friend of Israel,

We are asking you to take few minutes to read

the following synopsis of a proposal for a

Humanitarian-Regional Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

We believe this is a solution that is consistent with Biblical prophesies and principles, and would greatly appreciate your comments on the proposal, its internal logic, moral validity and economic and political feasibility.

According to senior Israeli military and political experts, the unilateral disengagement from Gaza and the subsequent HAMAS electoral victory is liable to lead to large-scale military conflict within several years.

Such assessments have been made in the past by former IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Moshe Yaalon; Maj. Gen. Yaacov Amidror; and Chairman of Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee M.K. Dr. Yuval Steinitz.

Thus, in addition to the teachings of the Holy Bible, these professional assessments of the future, together with sober analysis of past events and present developments in the region, bring us to the conclusion that the political approach to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (based on the concept of "Land-for-Peace") has proved a dismal and decisive failure. Consequently, any further attempts to implement it will be futile – even counter-productive.

There is, therefore, an urgent need for an intellectually honest, logically consistent and morally clear alternative. We believe that the proposal we are forwarding you constitutes such an alternative and integrates the analyses and insights of the best minds associated with the Jerusalem Summit.

Your endorsement of the idea is of crucial consideration to us-thus, we would greatly value your input and feedback.

As you will see, the proposal advocates totally different approach to the Palestinian problem in general, and to the plight of individual Palestinians in particular – one based on the principles of humanitarianism, morality and freedom of choice.

Another important feature is that the principal elements of this plan can be implemented unilaterally by Israel. It is a plan that not only follows in the footsteps of Abraham (offering generous price to the occupants of the Land promised to him) and conforms entirely to the principles of individual liberty, but it is also one that constitutes a "win-win" solution which will:.

§ Alleviate and even eliminate the humanitarian plight of individual Palestinians

§ Ensure the continued security and survival of Israel as the Jewish nation-state

§ Provide a significant boost to the economies of the developing world

§ Transform poverty stricken refugees into affluent émigrés

A recent survey commissioned by the Jerusalem Summit among Palestinians revealed that a solid majority (over 70%) expressed a willingness to accept it in one form or another and only a small minority (15%) would reject the proposal.

Of course we realize that this Alternative may not win immediate acceptance or instant approval, but it is a concept that must be put - and kept - on the international diplomatic agenda, so that in the tragic and traumatic aftermath of the future violence - which regrettably seems inevitable - our prediction will hopefully be recalled, and the implementation of our proposed plan be seriously undertaken.

We urge you:

Martin Sherman  Academic Director

International Advisory Board:

Michael Cherney:

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Dmitry Radyshevsky:

Executive director of the Summit

Dr. Martin Sherman:

Academic Director

Gary Bauer (President, American Values):


Academic Committee:
Dr. Christopher Barder
Dr. Atalia Ben Meir
Dr. Josef Bodansky
Dr. Debora Bodlander
Dr. Ron Breiman
Dr. David Bukay
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld
Dr. Hillel Fradkin
Prof. Rafi Israeli
Dr. Mordechai Nisan

David Pryce-Jones

Prof. Johny Swails

Prof. Xu Xin

Public Affairs Committee:

Marisa Albert
Morrie Amitay
Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan (US Army, Ret.)
Yoram Ettinger
Dr. Sergei Filatov
Dr. K.P.S. Gill
Rev. Malcolm Hedding
Amb. Alan Keyes
Pres. (Frm.) L. A. Lacalle
Esther Levens
Rev. Kenneth Meshoe
Rev. Myles Munroe
Gen.l Paul E. Vallely

Media Committee:

John Batchelor
Mike Evans
John Loftus
Itamar Marcus
Dennis Prager
Ben Stein
Bret Stephens

To: Friends of Israel

From: Jerusalem Summit-Humanitarian Solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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