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The Confederation of Abraham proposal is boh complex and comprehensive. The complexity
of the issues involved makes a simple solution not achievable. However, the basic
idea -- that of a peace confederation -- has been implemented in Europe. The Confederation
of Abraham would be similar to the European Union, in structure and institutions.
Concerned Arab thinkers realize the need for new approaches to solve the problems of the Arab World. Already plans were proposed for a tri-lateral confederation among Israel, Jordan and Palestine. Think tanks and educational organizations would assist in working out the details of the Confederation's institutions.
Given the current situation involving the Middle East -- the Israeli-Palestinian intifada, the terror attacks on the United States -- the idea of a peace confederation doesn't look too realistic. However, the self-interest of the parties involved -- if strongly supported by the United States and the European Union -- could bring about the needed actions. Transforming the currently fragmented Arab World into an advanced Arab Nation would be accepted by the majority of the populations involved, because of the substantial benefits.
Previous attempts to get Arab countries to form economic cooperation with Israel
foundered on concerns that Israel would dominate any such union. The Human Progress
Network's mission is to advance human progress and survival. Our Confederation of
Abraham proposal is designed to alleviate such fears. By following the model of the
European Union, domination by any country would by avoided. For example, in the European
Union Germany -- with its population of 82 million -- has no domination over adjoining
Luxembourg (population 410,000).
The overwhelming benefits of the proposed peace confederation (resulting from economic development, education, increased life expectancy, etc.) would go to the mostly impoverished populations of the Arab World. The Confederation of Abraham would make the transformed Arab Nation far more powerful, and less susceptible to outside domination.
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