Vince Dhimos answered a question on Quora:
What is the solution for ending hostilities between Israel & Gaza?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
Firstly, it is true that Hamas is incompetent to negotiate with Israel. Hamas is making the same mistake as the Arab countries that banished all their indigenous Jewish populations. The Israeli backlash against this was violent and costly to both sides. Generally, the Arabs involved in the conflict with Israel have made the mistake of thinking that all Israelis are identical when there are in fact an increasing number of pro-Palestinian Israelis who want to help resolve the old smouldering conflict and who squarely reject the violent and ethnocentric Israeli response.
The attitude of Hamas simply doesn’t work.
On the other hand, Israel has been a victim of US over-indulgence. The US is behaving like a doting parent of a spoiled child who desperately needs discipline but never gets any.
The US is the main culprit in this conflict, has shown no signs of change or understanding and is therefore the wrong arbiter for resolving the conflict, even though it has meddled in this issue for decades.
There is only one country that can serve as a credible arbiter and that is Russia.
Russia is the only nation in a position to be even-handed. It has practical reasons to sympathize with both sides. For example:
1—A sizable proportion of Israelis are of Russian descent and speak Russian. 20% of all Israelis were in fact born in Russia. Putin is very solicitous of his people, and this is why he has gotten involved in Crimea, for example. He will not allow them to be hurt. This is part of why he has not defended the Iranian fighters in Syria and why he has refused Tehran’s request for the sale of the S-400 system. He is also on very good terms with Netanyahu and holds frequent talks with the latter to resolve issues of mutual interest.
2—But on the other hand, Russia is fighting terror in Syria and is determined to help the Shiites in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran defend their turf from Sunni (Wahhabist) terror. He is walking a tightrope and thus has also stayed on very good terms with the Saudis, cooperating with them as a respected friend of OPEC. As for Putin’s credentials with the Muslim world, he upholds a long-standing tradition of good governmental relations with the millions of Russian Muslims. For example, in 2018, he called for a revival of Muslim education:
US conservatives will be put off by this but his ulterior motive is certainly to enlist moderate Imams to teach a peaceful Muslim doctrine that is compatible with Russian Christianity and the Russian government. Compare this to the US approach of coddling violent Saudi terrorists.
In September 2015, Putin inaugurated a reconstructed mosque in Moscow (this was the month that Russia entered the war in Syria):
Vladimir Putin inaugurates Moscow mosque with Turkish, Palestinian leaders Erdogan and Abbas
FRANCE 24 English
Published on Sep 23, 2015
sampling of 194 reader Comments
Mr Reza4 months ago (edited)
Russia (Eastern Orthodox Christian) are friends with muslims. We love Russia
I've never heard about ISIS attack Israel. Maybe, I am not too uptodate. As I know, the dog doesn't bite his own tale.
Isfakur Rahman2 weeks ago
ISIS= Israel State Intelligence Services....
Riaz Ahmed5 days ago
Love and respect to you sir. Muslims have great respect for Russian orthodox Church.
Ali Raza4 days ago
Hail Putin..Hail Russia Down with Israel.. Down with USA
Ferhina Nowrin2 months ago
im a muslim nd I love putin nd I respect him and I pray for him
Natural lover3 days ago
Feeling happy to see. wishes eid mobarak to all of u today 2019.
shadab dadkhan6 days ago
Thank you mr. Putin From India
CORRECTING HUMANITY1 month ago
Long live Russia
Putin’s words are unifying, conciliatory and diplomatic, worthy of a great leader. The
To hear the speech in Russian, here is the Kremlin link:
The US, however, clearly has taken sides for decades and only supports certain groups, such as the Saudis, even though they have supported Wahhabist terrorists from the very outset. In fact, the US has clandestinely supported the terrorists in Syria with arms shipments. As for Israel, the US only supports the Israelis side, even when the UN has issued condemnations and warnings due to the many Israeli human rights violations, and has intervened on behalf of Israel’s illegal land claims. It also has declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, a slap in the face to the entire Muslim world. All in the name of religion with no consideration of the real world’s interests.
Trump has taken this to the extreme, issuing by executive order a ban on visa issuance expressly to Muslim majority countries, although this ban applies primarily to Shiites and to countries whose leadership is at loggerheads with US Establishment interests. The terror-supporting Saudis are overtly exempted. His declared ban on specifically Muslim countries is an obnoxious slap in the face to the entire Muslim world.
Therefore, the US has already disqualified itself as an arbiter and is bitterly opposed by the Arab League and the Palestinians due to its insensitivity to their issues.
Russia, while being staunchly Christian and supporting traditional values, has won the respect of the Muslim world and must therefore be enlisted as the arbiter in all Israel-Arab conflicts. So far, no US leaders and very few in Israel or the rest of the world have called for this and that is precisely why no progress has been made.