Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The September Entitlement of the Palestinian
Independence: Behind the Headlines
By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 12, 2011
As it looks now, the Palestinian Authority (PA) seems fairly
determined to formally ask the United Nations to recognize "Palestine"
within the borders of the 4th of June, 1967, as a member-state of the
So far, as many as 140 states have
signaled their willingness to support the Palestinian UN membership bid.
This fact alone can be viewed as a great symbolic diplomatic victory for the
Palestinians and a dismal diplomatic failure for Israel. How this victory
will manifest itself on the ground is an entirely different matter.
Israel has been trying rather desperately to enlist as many countries as
possible to thwart the expected Palestinian move at the UN. However, it
seems that by now Israeli efforts are facing stiff resistance in so many
capitals that Israeli diplomats, including the Israeli envoy to the UN, have
conceded defeat in this regard.
This doesn't mean at all that the
apartheid state will surrender tomorrow and come to terms with legitimate
and internationally-recognized Palestinian rights to freedom and
Far from it, Israel will try to manipulate and
thoroughly exploit every conceivable American leverage to force the
PA, whose financial survival depends to a large extent on
American and European aid, to either reconsider its plans
at the UN or succumb to Israeli dictates and blackmailing tactics, e.g. by
pledging that the final borders of the prospective
Palestinian entity would only be decided through peace negotiation with the
Needless to say, such a pledge by the Ramallah
leadership, regardless of how exactly would be worded, would spell
disaster for Palestinian aspirations and rights since it would effectively
grant the Zionist entity a veto power and a final say over the shape
and character of the would-be state.
Israel, as we all know,
considers the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip disputed rather
than occupied land in contravention to international law and numerous UN
Hence, giving Israel a right to decide the borders of
the Palestinian state would be tantamount to accepting the Israeli
narrative, at least de facto.
So far, the Ramallah leadership has
successfully resisted American efforts to cajole or force the PA to
reconsider its UN membership bid.
This doesn't mean, however, that
the Obama administration will finally decide to be level-headed and come to
terms with Palestinian aspirations.
At the end of the day, President
Obama realizes that his administration is being handcuffed by all sorts of
Jewish shackles and clutches, and that in case he refrained from swallowing
the Jewish bait, hook, line and sinker, he would be committing a
pre-election political suicide and consequently presenting the Republicans,
including the Nazi-like Tea Party what could be a decisive propaganda
Hence, it is likely that Obama will go to any extent in
order to demonstrate and reassert his loyalty to Israel, if only to enhance
his re-election chances and ward off vitriolic attacks by the shipyard dogs
of the Jewish-controlled media.
Obama, like all other political
animals, might even decide to sacrifice American national interests, such as
alienating Arab revolutions and Muslim public opinions, for the sake of
appeasing a few Jewish Robber Barons who would not hesitate to blackmail the
American people to give Israel the last American dollar and shed the last
American drop of blood for the sake of satisfying the vagaries of Jewish
territorial expansion in the Middle East.
In light, the Palestinian
people, including the Ramallah leadership, will have to show real
determination to withstand and defy American and other pressure. I know this
won't be easy especially when people's livelihood is affected.
However, getting our freedom from a manifestly criminal occupying power
that seeks our national obliteration and extinction from the face of earth
ought to be our paramount priority.
Unfortunately, the PA leadership
is not reputed for its iron-clad steadfastness and resilience, especially in
the face of financial pressure. This is why the PA must be forewarned that
backtracking is an ultimate red line as far as the Palestinian people are
As to Israel , it is obvious that the Zionist state will
behave characteristically concerning a possible recognition by the UN of a
Palestinian state and the granting of such a state full UN membership.
This, at least from the view point of international law, would transform the
Palestinian cause from a people languishing under foreign military
occupation to a UN member-state under foreign military occupation. Needless
to say, Israel dreads this prospect very much.
Such a development
would cost Israel a lot of diplomatic isolation and make the Jewish state
look more a pariah state and less a legitimate member of the international
Non the less, with Israel having a decidedly fascist
government, tightly controlled by the gurus of Jewish fascism and
religious fundamentalism who would do the unthinkable for the sake of seeing
Jewish nationalist and religious whims come true, it is more likely
that Israel will take draconian measures either to thwart
Palestinian aspirations or torment and savage Palestinians for daring
to challenge Israel's mighty power, especially Israel's de facto hegemony
over American politics and policies.
There are several scenarios
that Israel could resort to in case the Palestinians showed unflinching
determination to cross the Rubicon, once and for all.
could re-impose its direct occupation all over the occupied territories by
dismantling the PA government. However, this is unlikely to happen
since Israel would lose a strategically valuable asset, namely the existence
of a quasi-national Palestinian authority carrying out the functions of the
occupying power while leaving nearly all the basic assets of the Israeli
Second, Israel could take a rash decision to
annex the West Bank. This scenario is also unlikely since the addition of
several million non-Jews to Israel would be a demographic nightmare as the
Jewish state would then lose its Jewish identity.
Israel could try
to circumvent this prospect by instituting formal or informal apartheid (as
is the situation now). However, maintaining apartheid would be a disastrous
choice for the PR-conscious worldwide Jewish community.
and most likely scenario is that Israel will simply try to cling to the
status quo for as long as possible in the hope of gaining more time to build
more settlements and especially in order to frustrate the Palestinians into
entering into open-ended negotiations with an insolent Israel which would
lead to the Palestinians surrendering to Israeli dictates.
less, and given the facts on the ground, it is nearly impossible for any
prospective Israeli government to agree to return to the borders of
the 4th of June, 1967, which would necessitate the dismantling of numerous
Jewish illegal settlements, viewed by large segments of Israeli Jews as the
eye apple of Israel and penultimate step before Jewish redemption.
This leaves us with the uncomfortable fact, namely that the
Arab-Israeli conflict can't really be resolved without one side suffering a
final historical victory while the other side suffering a final historical