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“Could Arab (Palestinian) Staying Power
Ultimately Defeat Zionism?”
By Alan Hart
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, August 9, 2011
Alan Hart considers the scenarios which could result from
the Palestinian steadfastness that has confounded Zionist and Arab regime
hopes that the Palestine file would close after the dispossession of
Palestinians in 1948, and argues that the world should be prepared for an
Israeli false flag operation designed to create the pretext for a “final
solution” to the Palestinian question.
That was the headline
recent post by David Hearst for the Guardian’s ”Comment Is
Free” space. It began:
There is an Arabic word
you come across a lot when Palestinians talk about their future.
Sumud means steadfastness, and it has turned into a strategy:
when the imbalance of power is so pronounced, the most important thing
to do is to stay put. Staying put against overwhelming odds is
regarded as a victory.
Hearst didn’t offer any substantial explanation of why Palestinian
steadfastness is a victory, so I will.
“Behind closed doors, and despite their rhetoric to the
contrary, the Arab regimes shared the same hope as Zionism
and the major powers – that the Palestine file would never
When the Palestine file was closed by Israel’s victory on the
battlefield in 1948, it was not supposed to have been reopened. There was
not supposed to have been a regeneration of Palestinian nationalism. The
Palestinians were supposed to accept their lot as the sacrificial lamb on
the altar of political expediency.
And the whole truth includes
this fact. Behind closed doors, and despite their rhetoric to the
contrary, the Arab regimes shared the same hope as Zionism and the major
powers – that the Palestine file would never be reopened. They knew that
if it was, there would one day have to be a confrontation with Israel and
its big power supporters, the US in particular, and they didn’t want that.
They, the Arab regimes, also feared that a Palestinian state, if it
was ever established, would be more or less democratic and provide a model
of government which all Arabs would want. Palestinian nationalism was
therefore perceived by Arab autocrats as a potentially subversive force.
(It’s because my book
Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews tells these and related
truths that it can’t be published in the Arab world. The regimes of an
impotent, corrupt and repressive Arab “order” were and still are every bit
as determined as Zionism to suppress the truth of history as it relates to
the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that
became the Zionist, not Jewish, state of Israel.)
For their part,
Israel’s leaders were aware that if they failed to keep the Palestine file
closed, a regeneration of Palestinian nationalism would cause the
legitimacy of Zionism’s colonial-like enterprise (not to mention its
crimes, only starting with the first ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians)
to be called into question.
After its occupation in 1967 of the
West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, Israel’s leaders
became more and more aware that Palestinian sumud is a very
powerful weapon. (Actually, it’s the only weapon the Palestinians had and
have.) In essence, Israel’s strategy for dealing with it was, and still
is, humiliating the occupied Palestinians and making life hell for them,
in the hope that they will give up their struggle for an acceptable amount
of justice and accept crumbs from Zionism’s table or, better still,
abandon their homeland and seek a new life elsewhere.
“Israel’s leaders were aware that if they failed to
keep the Palestine file closed, a regeneration of
Palestinian nationalism would cause the legitimacy of
Zionism’s colonial-like enterprise ... to be called into
To date Palestinian sumud has proved to be stronger than
Zionism’s ability to destroy it but... Does it necessarily follow that at
some point in the future it will defeat Zionism? It depends on the answer
to another question. How will the demographic time-bomb created by Israeli
occupation be defused?
In theory there are three possibilities:
1. Israel ends its occupation completely (subject to minor and
mutually agreed border modifications) to make the space for a viable
Palestinian state with Jerusalem an open, undivided city and the
capital of two states. In this scenario provision would have to be
made for appropriate compensation to be paid to those Palestinian
refugees wishing to return but for whom there was no the space in the
Palestinian mini-state. In reality, this won’t happen because Zionism
was and remains a project for taking for keeps the maximum amount of
land with the minimum number of Arabs on it. Also true is that Zionist
colonization of the West Bank has gone much too far to be reversed
without a Jewish civil war; and as Shimon Peres once said to me
(quoted in my book), no Israeli prime minister is going down in
history as the one who triggered it.
2. As the Zionist state becomes more and more isolated in the
world, enough Israelis come to their senses and demand that their
government goes for the one-state solution in order to best protect
their own interests. One of my Jewish friends said it could be called
Palestein! If it happened this would be the end of Zionism
and complete victory for Palestinian steadfastness. (My own take on
the one-state solution is well known but bears repeating. The Jews,
generally speaking, are the intellectual elite of the Western world.
The Palestinians are by far the intellectual elite of the Arab world.
Together in peace and partnership in one state with equal human and
political rights for all, they could play the leading role in changing
the region for the better and by doing so give new hope and
inspiration to the whole world.)
3. Three Zionism’s in-Israel leaders create a pretext (possibly
involving Mossad agents dressed as Arabs planting bombs) to go for a
final round of ethnic cleansing – to drive the Palestinians off the
West Bank and into Jordan or wherever.
It’s because I believe a Zionist Final Solution (as in 3 above) is a
real possibility in a foreseeable future that I think a way should be
found for the major powers, led by America, to put Israel on public notice
that if it did resort to a final round of ethnic cleansing, it would be
universally condemned as a criminal state and subjected to sanctions of
every kind, universally applied.