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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Zionism and Peace Are Incompatible
By Alan hart
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October 25, 2010
Alan Hart speculates whether
US President Barack Obama will make one last bid for peace in the Middle
East by not vetoing a possible UN Security Council resolution recognizing
Palestinian independence within the 1967 borders of the West Bank and Gaza.
At last somebody has said it in the most explicit way possible.
The somebody also said: “The problem is Zionism and the solution is
dismantling the Zionist framework and instituting a secular democracy that
does not discriminate between Israelis and Palestinians.”
The somebody was
a Jewish peace activist who was born in Israel and lives in America.
He is the son of
Peled, who was a young Israeli officer in the war of 1948 and a
general in the war of 1967. After that war, General Peled signalled his own
commitment to truth by rubbishing Zionism’s version of events. He did so
with the statement that there was not a threat to Israel’s existence and
that it was a war of Israeli choice (i.e. aggression not self-defence).
General Peled was also one of a number of prominent Jews who called soon
after the 1967 war for the immediate establishment of a Palestinian state on
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
“There is an illusion that a liberal, forward-thinking
government can rise in Israel and then everything will be
just as liberal Zionists wish it to be. They will pick up
where Rabin and Arafat left off and we will have the pie in
sky Jewish democracy liberal Jews want so much to see in
latest article from which my headline for this piece was extracted, Miko
says that the two-state solution was clearly viable 40 years ago, but today?
He writes (my emphasis added):
Now the West Bank is riddled with towns and malls and highways built
on Palestinian land for Jews only and Israeli cabinet members openly
discuss population transfers, or rather transfer of its non-Jewish
population. The level of oppression and the intensity of the violence
against Palestinians has reached new heights... Discussing the two-state
solution now under these conditions shows an acute inability to
accept reality... There is an illusion that a liberal,
forward-thinking government can rise in Israel and then everything will
be just as liberal Zionists wish it to be. They will pick up where Rabin
and Arafat left off and we will have the pie in sky Jewish democracy
liberal Jews want so much to see in Israel. This illusion is shared by
American Jews, liberal Zionists in Israel and around the world and in
the West where guilt of two millennia of persecuting Jews still haunts
the conscience of many. If only there were better leaders and if only
this and if only that… But alas, reality continues to slap everyone
in the face: Zionism and peace are incompatible. I will say it again,
Zionism and peace are incompatible.”
Miko adds that serious study of the history of modern Israel shows that
“the emergence of Netanyahu and Lieberman was perfectly predictable”.
I agree and offer this summary explanation of why.
Zionism is not
only Jewish nationalism which created a state in the Arab heartland mainly
by terrorism and ethnic cleansing. It is also a pathological mindset. In the
deluded Zionist mind the world was always anti-Jew and always will be. It
follows that Holocaust II (shorthand for another great turning against Jews)
is inevitable. It follows that there can be no limits to what Zionism will
do in order to preserve nuclear-armed Greater Israel as a refuge of last
resort for all Jews everywhere when the world turns against them.
When I was reflecting on Miko’s main point, that Zionism and peace are
incompatible, I found myself wondering why really it is that
American presidents will not use the leverage they have to try to call the
Zionist state to account for its crimes when doing so would clearly be in
America’s own best interests.
“...could it be that all American presidents know there
is nothing nuclear-armed Israeli leaders would not do
if they were seriously pressed to make peace on terms which
they believed in their own deluded minds would put Israel's
security at risk?”
I'm beginning to think that the awesome influence of the Zionist lobby
and its stooges in Congress is not the complete answer. And the question I
am asking myself is this: could it be that all American presidents
know there is nothing nuclear-armed Israeli leaders would not do if they
were seriously pressed to make peace on terms which they believed in their
own deluded minds would put Israel's security at risk? Always in my own mind
is what Prime Minister Golda Meir said to me in a BBC “Panorama” interview
and from which I quote in my book: in a doomsday situation Israel “would be
prepared to take the region and the whole world down with it”.
If it is the case that American presidents are frightened of provoking
Israel, the conclusion would have to be that the Zionist state is a monster
beyond control and that all efforts for peace are doomed to failure.
Is the situation really as bad as that?
My own answer is yes. But
there are some observers who think that after the mid-term elections in
America there might be one more opportunity for President Barack Obama
to bring enough Israelis to their senses in order to give peace its very
This new hope has been inspired, apparently, by reports
of a forthcoming Palestinian (and presumably wider Arab) initiative to have
the Security Council recognize Palestinian independence within the 1967
In the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz on 20 October,
Aluf Benn wrote this:
Israel's diplomacy has reached a turning point. Instead of dealing
with the failed direct talks, from this point Israel will be
orchestrating a diplomatic holding action against the Palestinian
initiative to have the UN Security Council recognize Palestinian
independence within the 1967 borders. Such a decision would deem Israel
an invader and occupier, paving the way for measures against Israel.
Obama could scuttle the process by casting an American veto. Would he do
it? And at what price?
Barak is warning Netanyahu that Obama is determined to establish a
Palestinian state, even if it requires political risks. The president
doesn't have to come out publicly against Israel, but can simply stand
on the sidelines when the Security Council recognizes Palestine. The
international movement to boycott Israel will gain massive encouragement
when Europe, China and India turn their backs on Israel and erode the
last remnants of its legitimacy. Gradually the Israeli public will also
feel the diplomatic and economic stranglehold.
It's not certain that
this will happen.
We shall see.