Can “Abraham Squares” Idea Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

by Bobby Reyes

| Photo by Maarek Studzinski on Unsplash

Part XXI of the “United States 2024 Election

This column has written 11 articles about constructing “Abraham Squares” in disputed land in the Middle East. The squares can be the building blocks of permanent peace between and among Jews, Muslims, and Christians. This instant op-ed piece makes it a dozen articles.

Then, on March 13, the “Democracy Now” Facebook Group posted this comment about the present Israeli-Hamas War, saying: “As the U.S. proposes building a seaport off Gaza and airdrops for food aid, Palestinian-American journalist Rami Khouri calls the proposals ‘sheer entertainment.'”

This columnist commented on the same day: “As of 2023, the world’s core Jewish population was estimated at 15.7 million. It is 0.2% of the 8-billion world population. On the other hand, there are 14.3-million Palestinians in the world in mid-2022, of whom about 5.35-million are in the State of Palestine. Persuading both populations to join a proposed American Commonwealth of Nations may be cheaper than giving military-and-economic aid forever to Israel that runs between 8-to-9-billion dollars per year. The U.S. aid can be investments in both Israel and Palestine.”

Then, last Friday, May 31, 2024, this column posted more comments, as now addressed to Palestinian-American journalist Rami Khouri. The additional comment? “@Rami Khouri. Airdrops and floating piers are ad hoc means to provide the starving masses of Palestinians in Gaza, especially children, immediate access to basic necessities to survive. For the longer term, perhaps we can write a book based on our writings on how to force the Israeli national leadership to agree to a permanent ceasefire, reconstruction, and a two-nation symbiotic relationship between the two countries of Israel and Palestine.”

Then, this columnist followed up with this comment: “@ Rami Khouri Kaileh. This Los Angeles, CA-based Filipino journalist has written 11 articles about the “Abraham Squares” that will be the site of multiethnic and interfaith Public-Private Partnerships. Why name it after Abraham? because the prophet Abraham is a common ancestral patriarch of Jews, Christians, and Muslims.” Please go to this link to read the articles about it.

“Ultimately, the Biden Administration can use the suggested “Biden Back-to-Basics Doctrine” as the core of a permanent peace process in the Middle East. It may begin with an interfaith and multi-sectoral socioeconomic project called the “Abraham Square”? The first square may be the entire Gaza Strip.”

To view the “Democracy Now” posting and dialogue, please click this link:

Perhaps The White House Press Office can support the “Abraham Squares” idea and send Palestinian-American journalist Rami Khouri Kaileh and this columnist to Israel and Palestine? The duo can interview more national and community leaders from both sides of the 75-year-old series of wars for the forthcoming book on “Abraham Squares.” At the same time, it will forge a coalition of community leaders from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian residents.

Ultimately, the Biden Administration can use the suggested “Biden Back-to-Basics Doctrine” as the core of a permanent peace process in the Middle East. It may begin with an interfaith and multi-sectoral socioeconomic project called the “Abraham Square”? The first square may be the entire Gaza Strip.

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