Jun. 1, 2015
With ISIS rapidly expanding in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Libya, advancing towards Jordan and making inroads in Gaza, EU and France are suddenly pushing for an imposed “peace” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
However, when the Mideast region is engulfed in war, genocide, and anti-human abominations with radical and apocalyptic Islam on the march, is this really the right time to restart “peace” talks?
The West appears to have little understanding for the concept of stability and frozen conflicts that plague the Middle East. However, a new kid on the block gets it-China.
Chinese consciousness regarding the importance of defensive security fences and walls is reflected in their strategic concepts. China may better appreciate Israel’s needs for a border security fence and strategic buffer zone to defend against Hamas, ISIS, other terrorists’ attacks, and have insights on how to assist in drawing realistic borders towards a sustainable two state solution.
Israeli defense planners likely had this in mind when in November 2013, retired General Uzi Dayan and former Israeli UN ambassador Dore Gold visited Beijing to explain the need for defensible borders in the West Bank to Chinese military brass, and presented their case on a nuclear Iran, Syria, and the Palestinians, with materials translated into Chinese.
Similar to Israel, China is also facing radicalization of its neighboring Muslim states and domestic Muslim population. Islamists deem Chinese and Israeli land as occupied Muslim territories.
Dr. Christina Lin is a Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University. She is a former director for China policy at the U.S. Department of Defense.