Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Statehood Must Mean Liquidation of the
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 19, 2011
Palestinian Authority (PA) President, Mahmoud Abbas, has assured
the Palestinian masses that a possible recognition of statehood by the UN
won't be at the expense of other fundamental Palestinian rights, including
the paramount right of return for Palestinian refugees, uprooted from their
homeland at gunpoint by Jewish invaders from Eastern Europe some 63 years
Speaking during a speech in Ramallah on 17 September, Abass reiterated
Palestinian grievances, reminding the international community that the
Palestinian people were the only people under the sun still languishing
under a foreign military occupation.
"There is not a territory, or an island, or a region that has not gained
its freedom and independence, except us. Our freedom, independence and
statehood are therefore long overdue."
Abbas said the occupation was
becoming anachronistic and it had to go by whatever means necessary.
The speech, described by PLO officials as land-mark, contained few
surprises. Abbas said the PLO would remain the sole and only legitimate
representative of the Palestinian people regardless of the formation of
statehood. The statement is seen as a necessary assurance to those who are
worried that statehood would be at the expense of the right of return for
Mr. Abbas also exhorted the Palestinians not to be
lured by violence "because this is exactly what the Israelis want."
If all goes well, and the Abbas leadership does approach the UN, including
the Security Council, it will be the first time the Ramallah leadership
refuses to budge to American-Israeli pressure. In this case, a certain
credit should be given to Abbas.
However, much attention ought to be
given to political and diplomatic theatrics and other forms of wheeling and
dealing expected to ensue a possible unbinding UN resolution recognizing a
state of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders.
First of all, the
PA must realize that satisfying American demands would effectively mean
contenting ourselves with a deformed state on isolated parts of the West
Bank, probably with some East Jerusalem neighborhoods.
This should be
absolutely unacceptable since liberating the land from the clutches of
Zionism is far more important than statehood.
Moreover, the PA
leadership should absolutely reject any American efforts, by Congress or the
administration, to blackmail the Palestinians by way of financial or
political pressure to make them reconsider or deviate from pursuing
manifestly legitimate rights.
Congress, as we all know, is always at
Israel's beck and call and would go to any extent to prove its loyalty and
cheap subservience to the apartheid regime in occupied Palestine.
More to the point, certain European states, such as Germany, won't abandon
the disgusting idea that the Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims of the world
must have to pay the price for whatever Adolph Hitler and his thugs did to
Jews in the course of the Second World War. We must not succumb to this
contemptuous stand on the part of the Merkel government.
probably premature to predict the ultimate net-outcome of the Palestinian
bid at the United Nation. The Obama administration, always in the grip of
the Jewish lobby, will most likely veto any draft resolution at the UN
Security Council recognizing a Palestinian state based on the 1967-borders.
Moreover, a Palestinian achievement at the UN, such as gaining
membership of the international organization, would have only symbolic
importance, especially in the short run.
In the final analysis, a
real success will depend on the ability, willingness and determination of
the international community to transform diplomatic achievements into
tangible facts on the ground in the West Bank, including occupied East
Jerusalem. This would require more determined and concerted efforts, with
the collaboration and coordination of our many allies on the international
This is especially significant since Israel, which controls
American politics and policies, can always fly in the face of the
international community by seeking to abort and crush Palestinian
independence efforts. Such a blunt disregard for international legitimacy
would undoubtedly cost Israel and its guardian-ally, the United States, a
lot of diplomatic and political capital.
So the question that begs
itself is whether Israel would be willing to sacrifice her international
standing for the sake of crushing aspirations, even for a temporary period.
Moreover, an extremist Israeli stand is likely to be strongly rejected
by regional powers, including Turkey, Egypt and Iran. Even traditionally
pro-western regimes such as the regimes in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf
Emirates would come under internal pressure to display their rejection of
Israeli insolence. Jordan in particular could face violent and sustained
protests demanding the removal of the Israeli ambassador, the severance of
relations with Israel and even the abrogation of the 1994- Wadi Araba Peace
treaty between Jordan and the Jewish state.
As to the apartheid
Israeli regime, it is quite apparent that the Jewish state will continue to
play the role of the victim, mainly in order to blackmail the Palestinians
and the international community for maximal concessions.
This is the
reason Israel is relating to the Palestinian bid to seek UN recognition as
if a Third World war were about to breakout or as if a superpower were
threatening Israel with a devastating nuclear attack.
reiterating the same old mendacious mantra that Palestinian "unilateralism"
won't bring peace and that negotiations were the only route that could lead
to the materialization of Palestinian statehood.
This argument is, of
course, bereft of honesty and truth since the PA-PLO has been negotiating
with Israel in vain for close to 20 years, while the Jewish state Israel was
exploiting all these years to build more Jewish settlements and obliterating
the Arab-Islamic identity of occupied East Jerusalem.
argument that only negotiations would lead to peace is a characteristic
Israeli lie that is meant to confuse and mislead international public
Moreover, Israel, which has built hundreds of Jewish-only
colonies on occupied Arab land and transferred hundreds of thousands of its
fanatical Jewish citizens to live on land that belongs to another people, is
the last country on earth that is qualified to complain about unilateralism.
Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu, a man notorious for his
dishonesty, has also been repeating his many mantras about Hamas, urging the
PA to terminate its partnership with the Islamic movement.
comfortably ignores and forgets his own alignment with Judeo Nazi groups
such Gush Emunim, Shas and other ultra-fascist Jewish parties which advocate
enslavement, expulsion or even outright physical extermination of non-Jews
living in occupied Palestine.
This unholy partnership between the
Likud and Judeo-Nazi groups explains the virtual silence and shocking
inaction of the Netanyahu government towards the latest unprovoked wave of
arson, vandalism and rampage carried out by Jewish settler terrorists
against Palestinian targets, including mosques, all over the West Bank.
To conclude, there is a zero per cent probability that negotiations with
Israel, even if such negotiations lasted for a hundred years, would achieve
Hence, the remaining alternative is that the
Palestinian people must act independently, even unilaterally to achieve
their legitimate goals. After all, If Israel acts unilaterally as it has
been doing since its misbegotten creation 63 years ago, why shouldn't we.
Besides, the Arab, regional and international situation appears to be
more adequate than ever for pursuing Palestinian statehood even without
sacrificing or compromising other legitimate rights, including the right of
return, the soul and heart of the Palestinian cause.