Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Obama Speaks at the UN:
Goodbye to the Palestinian-Israeli Peace
By Alan Hart
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 27, 2010
Alan Hart argues that US President
Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations demonstrates beyond doubt that
he is not interested in a just solution of the Palestine-Israel conflict
and is not prepared to declare openly and sincerely that the occupation
On marks out of ten for his
speech to the UN on the subject of ending the conflict in and over
Palestine that became Israel, I’d give President Obama minus five.
Earlier this month I wrote a piece with the headline “Obama
has signalled his coming complete surrender to Zionism and its lobby”.
That surrender, it seems to me, is now effectively a fait accompli.
“After 60 years in the community of nations, Israel’s existence must
not be a subject for debate,” Obama proclaimed. “It should be clear to all
that efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy will only be met by the
unshakeable opposition of the United States.”
"The question is: WHICH Israel must not have its existence debated?
Israel inside its borders as they were on the eve of the 1967 war or the
greater Israel of today? That’s not a question Obama is prepared to ask
let alone answer.”
Leaving aside the matter of whether Zionism’s
monster child is legitimate or not (I say it’s not), only a complete idiot
would deny that Israel exists. The question is: WHICH Israel must not have
its existence debated? Israel inside its borders as they were on the eve
of the 1967 war or the greater Israel of today? That’s not a question
Obama is prepared to ask let alone answer.
In my view the most appropriate response to Obama from the Arab and
wider Muslim would be something like this: all American presidents who
refuse to demand (with the promise of sanctions if necessary) that Israel
end its occupation of all Arab land grabbed in 1967 will only be met by
the unshakeable opposition of all Arabs and other Muslims everywhere.
We now know what Obama himself expects of those Arabs who “count
themselves as friends of the Palestinians”. They “must seize the
opportunity for a peace agreement that will lead to a Palestinian state”.
They can do that, Obama added, “by supporting the Palestinian Authority
financially and politically, and by coming to terms with Israel’s
Again the question: the existence of WHICH Israel must
the Arabs come to terms with? To Obama I say, “Mr President, until you are
prepared to answer this question, you will have no credibility whatsoever
in the Arab and wider Muslim world, at least far as ‘the street’ (the
masses) is concerned.”
Obama’s notion that there is an opportunity
for a peace agreement to be seized can only be the product of desperate
and deluded wishful thinking on his part, unless he believes that he can
bribe and bully the discredited Palestinian Authority into accepting
crumbs from Zionism’s table. It’s not totally impossible that he might be
able to do so, but that would only provoke a Palestinian civil war. Could
that be what Zionism really wants, in order to have a pretext for
completing the ethnic cleansing of Palestine?
depressing of all was Obama’s statement about the need for an independent
Palestinian state. It is required, he said, to provide Israel with “true
security”. No mention of it being needed to go some way to righting the
terrible wrong done to the Palestinians in Zionism’s name.
President Obama did call on Israel to continue its moratorium on new
settlement activity. The question is: what is he going to do when, in a
few days or three months from now, Israel defies him?
We know the
Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC "Panorama"
foreign correspondent and a Middle East specialist. His Latest book
Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is a three-volume epic in its
American edition. He blogs at
www.alanhart.net and tweets at www.twitter.com/alanauthor.