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The Bermigo Plan In A Nutshell

 

The Bermigo Plan would be a deal between the Palestinians and Western democracies – and between Israel and the Western democracies. No deal between Israel and Palestine, themselves.

The West would offer the Palestinians a customized Marshall Plan with many innovations. Among its dozens of components and sub-components:

The West would invest in a new state of Palestine on a Marshall-Plan scale. Thousands of Western professionals would live and work among the Palestinians, overseeing a 25-year venture – respectfully, but firmly.

This package would have critical mass in the three major realms a Marshall Plan needs to succeed; economics, security, and installation of democratic governance.

The venture would be a partnership, not some re-colonization program. By the 3rd year of the enterprise, Palestine would get internationally recognized independence.

No traffic would cross the Israel-Palestine border for the 1st 15 years of the plan to protect the venture from provocateurs and retaliation before wounds had begun to heal. A 75,000-strong multinational force would monitor/enforce this provision on the Palestine side; the Israeli army would ensure compliance on the Israel side.

The multinational force would also help build a single, professional Palestine police force and national guard to replace the motley militias. [Polls show that this provision would be supported by over 90% of Palestinians – a critical finding, since the militants have never countered the overriding will of their public. Also note that the Palestinians are ethnically and religiously homogeneous (98% of Palestinians are Sunni Muslim); a very far cry from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, et al].

Israel would evacuate settlements from 95% of the West Bank. This would take place during the first year of the plan. [See Choosing The 5% That Israel Would Retain for the methodology that would determine which 5% would remain in Israeli hands]. The Israeli army would withdraw completely from the 95% six months later.

The Old City of Jerusalem would become an independent mini-city. Its charter would have a mechanism that smoothly ensured a demographic change to 44% Palestinian Muslim, 44% Jewish, and 12% Christian (from the current ratio of 76%, 12% and 12%). See Outline Of Jerusalem Old City Charter for key features of the charter.

A common misassumption about the Bermigo package — perhaps stemming from a bevy of ‘interim’ peace plans proposed through the years — is that it, too, foresees a final peace agreement being signed once its 25-year term is up. No, this plan does not aspire to an undoable vision; it is purposely comfortable enough to be lived with indefinitely. All that happens after the 25 years is the role of the Western participant countries ends — unless at that time, both sides want the West to continue with a few duties. There are many examples of two neighboring countries interacting peacefully without formal relations.

The Bermigo prototype is the fruit of many years of research, and has earned the respect of nearly all experts who have reviewed it in depth. The next step is to conduct a comprehensive poll among the Palestinian public to see if indeed most Palestinians would support it, and critically, to see if opponents could at least live with it.

There is a strong chance they might – which would make the Bermigo Plan the only proposal that remotely falls into that category. Moreover, since this plan would not be materially more costly to Israel than the conventional approach, a poll that showed across-the-board Palestinian support (or at least, acquiescence) would constitute an incalculable breakthrough.

Which is why we are making such an effort to raise the funds to poll the Bermigo blueprint.

Another quick overview of the Bermigo Plan  from Israel's angle can be viewed here: A Quick Look From Israel's Vantage Point