Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
No Hope in the Israeli-Controlled U.S.,
Palestinians Must Seek a Different Strategy
to Restore their Rights
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, January 18, 2012
The PLO and its daughter, the Palestinian Authority (PA), had
been saying rather ad nauseam that they wouldn't resume moribund "peace
talks" with Israel until the Zionist regime froze settlement expansion in
the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.
However, it seems PLO/PA
officials have utterly failed to keep their vows in this regard as evident
from the two recent Israeli-Palestinian meetings in Amman. Halima has
returned to her old habit, as the Arab adage goes.
Needless to say,
the failure of the PA to keep up its promises creates a real problem of
trust and credibility for the Palestinian leadership. It shows the PA cannot
be really trusted to stand up to Israeli ambitions to arrogate more and more
lebensraum for the criminal entity. It also shows that the PA cannot be
entrusted to safeguard Palestinian rights from the rapacity and covetousness
of Zionism, a movement that has all the hallmarks of German Nazism.
In addition to sending a negative message to the Palestinian people, namely
that the PA gives up so easily on its declared constants by giving in to
Zionist insolence and arrogance of power, the PA consent to resume peace
talks with Israel, even under a third-party umbrella, vindicates, in a
certain sense, the Israeli stance.
Israel, especially, the
extreme right-wing circles which rule the Zionist state, argued on many
occasions that the Palestinian leadership, no matter what it says publicly,
would eventually submit to Israeli conditions and dictates.
Netanyahu, Lieberman and the rest of the terrorist-thugs who make up the
bulk of the Israeli political establishment can now look their critics in
the eyes and tell them "Didn't we tell you they would return"?.
PA officials might allude to "extenuating circumstances" here and there such
as claiming, rightly or wrongly, that they had to respond positively to the
kind invitation from the King of Jordan and also prove to the international
community, including the Quartet for Middle East peace that Israel, not the
Palestinians, was the one impeding progress.
Well, it is really
difficult to give whatever hopes King Abdullah may still harbor for a just
and dignified peace deal that would end the Arab-Israeli conflict. The King,
after all, has been arguing rather convincingly that Israel doesn't want
peace and that the two-state solution has already become unrealistic if not
I know that courtesy is a timeless Arab and
Palestinian tradition. But courtesy is one thing and the betrayal of one's
people and just cause is quite another.
No one under the sun should
expect the Palestinians to display courtesy at the expense of their
inalienable rights, including the right to freedom from the clutches of
Zionism and recovery of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first Qibla (direction to
which Muslim turn their faces during prayers) and third holiest shrine in
Besides, it is amply clear that the Jordanian regime has
vested interests to keep the imaginary peace train moving, irrespective of
the solid fact that the proverbial train never left its presumed station.
Some might argue that maintaining the hope for peace alive is
innocuous. But this is not exactly true. In the final analysis it must be
understood that under this false rubric, more Palestinian land is stolen,
more Jewish colonies are built and more oppression, dispossession and ethnic
cleansing are being carried out.
If so, we firmly believe that the
Palestinian leadership shouldn't be part and parcel of a process of betrayal
and deception targeting our thoroughly tormented people.
many ordinary Palestinians are asking legitimate questions and voicing
legitimate fears. For example, how can Palestinians pin their hopes and
aspirations on mediocre politicians who adopt an "uncompromising" stance in
the morning only to abandon it in the evening in favor of a new posture? Has
the confrontation with Israel been reduced to public relations posturing.?
And, really, how can the Palestinian people realistically expect the likes
of Mahmoud Abbas and Sa'eb Erikat to hold a firm stance on such paramount
issues as Jerusalem , the refugees and borders when they can't even maintain
a procedural stand like linking the resumption of talks with Israel to
freezing settlement expansion?
More to the point, it is time the
Palestinian Authority delivered itself from the huge illusion related to
U.S. role in the so-called peace process.
We argued repeatedly on
these pages that the United States , whose policies and politics are tightly
controlled by pro-Israeli pressure groups, consistently played a negative
role in the enduring conflict.
The US could have resolved the
conflict fifty years ago, had it decided to use its resolve, will and power.
However, consecutive American administrations chose to keep the conflict
going for selfish American interests.
Today, the U.S. has neither the
willingness nor the ability to convince or force Israel to pay the price for
what would be an internationally-accepted peace deal between the Palestinian
Authority and Israel , e.g. the establishment of a viable Palestinian state,
on 100% of the territories occupied in 1967 as well as enabling millions of
Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and villages in what is now
This year is an elections year in America and politicians,
especially presidential hopefuls, vie with each other to please and appease
Israel. It is the highlight of the season of political prostitution in
America, a season that allows ignoramuses like Newt Gingrich to claim that
the Palestinians are an invented people!!!
As to President Obama, it
is probably self-defeating, to put it mildly, to give him the benefit of the
doubt should he succeed in wining a second term in the White House.
The man is simply too cowardly, too reluctant, too insecure and too
unprincipled to face Jewish pressure groups.
There are those who
argue convincingly that Obama suffers a real inferiority complex and that he
is an ultimate appeaser, especially when it comes to challenging Israel's
firsters at Capitol Hill.
What is important is that the Palestinian
leadership, in cooperation with new Arab leaderships that are not
subservient to the White House, ought to stop chasing the American mirage.
We have done that so much and for too long and the result has been a
gigantic disaster for the Palestinian cause and other Arab causes.
let us ask ourselves the following questions:
Can this or any other
administration force Israel to give up the occupation and return to the
lines of the 4th of June, 1967? We would be fools if we answered this
question in the affirmative?
Does any American administration,
present or prospective, have the audacity to confront the Jewish lobby which
tightly controls Congress and the media and have tens of millions of
evangelical Americans at its beck and call? Perhaps if we succeed in
bringing Eisenhower back to life?
One more question. With the Israeli
Jewish society constantly drifting to religious Talmudic fascism as well as
secular jingoism, is it likely that a moderate and peace-minded Israeli
government will appear in the foreseeable future and agree to give up the
entirety of the West Bank and East Jerusalem . Perhaps in the dreams?
We have to be honest with ourselves, because if we are not, no one will
be honest with us.
I am not a prophet of doom and gloom. But at the
same time, we must not allow ourselves to liquidate our just cause under the
false rubric of keeping the hope for peace alive.
In short, we must
seek a different strategy to restore our rights.