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Opinion Editorials, October 2012
Second Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe Looming, Warns Abbas, But Nobody Cares
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October 1, 2012
It may be that the conflict is unsolvable
A visibly frustrated Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), has warned that the two-state solution strategy is facing the danger of total collapse as a result of the unrelenting Israeli policy of settlement expansion (the polite term for the Israeli systematic theft of Palestinian lands).
Addressing the UN General Assembly this week, Abbas warned that current Israeli policies would lead to a new Palestinian Nakba or catastrophe.
He said Palestinians would never leave their ancestral land no matter how much Israel uses sinister tactics to force us to "leave our homes." He urged the international community to recognize the "state of Palestine" before it is too late, saying the moribund peace process was dying as Israel continued to carve Palestinian land and build thereon colonies for fanatical Jews opposed to peace with the Palestinians.
"We are facing relentless waves of attacks against our people, our mosques, churches and monasteries, and our homes and schools. They are unleashing their venom against our trees, fields, crops and property. And our people have become fixed targets for acts of killing and abuse with the complete collusion of the occupying forces and the Israeli government."
Trying to curry favor with the US and other countries that are reluctant to call the spade a spade when it comes to Israeli behavior, Abbas said that he was still committed to the two-state solution strategy.
"Despite all the complexities of the prevailing reality and all the frustration that abounds, we say before the international community there is still a chance -may be the last-to save the two state solution and salvage peace."
In truth, Abbas has been saying what he said at the UN for many years. And nothing has changed except the ever increasing scope of Israeli theft of Palestinian land which continues unabated around-the-clock.
In Other words, it is crystal clear that the two-state-solution is terminally dead and only needs a death certificate to be officiated.
This is unless Abbas has in mind a deformed, fragmented and territorially discontinuous entity that would serve as an insulting memorial for the final liquidation of the just Palestinian cause at the hands of a morally-corrupt international community, a recalcitrant Nazi-like Israel, in collusion with a pliant and exhausted Palestinian leadership lacking a historical vision and moral conviction which enabled past Muslim leaders, such as Salahuddin, to repulse foreign invaders and liberate Palestine from the clutches of aggressors.
Abbas's speech may be diplomatically expedient since it received approval from several quarters in Europe, the Arab world and other places. However, historically and politically, it is a manifestly worthless speech. We had heard this and similar speeches in the past and the Palestinian cause kept moving from bad to worse.
Politically, Abbas should have exercised a modicum of rectitude by recognizing that symbolic achievements here and there, including according "Palestine" a non-member status at the United Nations, would not change reality on the ground.
It is really lamentable that the PA and its corrupt mother, the PLO, are always overly enthusiastic about scoring little and insignificant "victories" which only increases our people's frustration and despair.
In the final analysis, these nominal "victories" can never undo or even blur the facts which Israel keeps creating in the West Bank, especially in occupied East Jerusalem , under the nose of Abbas's PA.
Abbas is said to have a PhD. in political science. However, in light of his dismal and embarrassing management of Palestinian affairs, and especially the enduring strife with Israel, it is crystal clear that he deserves to have a Ph.D. in stupidity rather in Political Science.
A few weeks ago, he told Israeli rabbis in Ramallah that Israel was created in order to stay. The Israeli leadership even refused to comment on his cheap remarks. At the very least, even Palestinians and Arabs who support the scandalous peace process would have expected him to say some thing like this: "Israel will live if Palestine is allowed to live and Israel won't live if Palestine doesn't live." No one would have castigated him for uttering such remarks.
The truth of the matter is that Israel was established on the ruins of Palestine. Therefore, a state that murdered our people, destroyed our homes, villages and towns and then expelled the bulk of Palestinians to the four winds has no legitimacy, moral or otherwise.
Such a deformed, immoral and evil entity has no right to exist. It will have to go sooner or later, irrespective of contemporary political realities.
Abbas said the Palestinians would live in Palestine, not Israel. Well, has he forgotten so easily that Israel is actually Palestine?
Doesn't he know that the graves of our fathers, grandfathers and ancestors, including Abbas's own forefathers, are located and dispersed all over " Israel"?
Well, Perhaps, Abbas has a certain right to forgo his father's grave. But he has no right whatsoever even to ask us to do likewise.
Historically, Abbas should know well that a stupid deal reached under duress has no chance of living long.
In any case, the Palestinian leader should realize that time has passed the two-state solution strategy by. In other words, Israel has killed whatever remaining prospects for the establishment of a true and genuine Palestinian state that is worthy of the name.
He may think that the international community will be able, if willing, to pressure Israel to return to the lines of the 4th of June, 1967, let alone allow for the repatriation of millions of Palestinian refugees wandering around the world back to their villages and towns from which they were expelled at gunpoint at the hands of invading Jewish thugs from Eastern Europe.
If He thinks so, he must be politically foolish to say the very least.
Indeed, one doesn't have to be erudite in world politics and international affairs to know that Israel tightly and nearly completely controls the American government, Congress and media so much so that any American politician would commit instant political suicide if he or she thought of criticizing Israel. Don't we see how incumbent President Obama and his Republican rival, Met Romney, are groveling at the feet of the Jewish golem in America?
This means that the United States is part of the problem, and can not be part of the solution.
We have waited more than sixty years for an honest American intervention in the conflict in the hope that such intervention would convince Israel to walk in the path of peace. However, America has always proven that Jewish money and power are more powerful a tool for steering American foreign policy than any moral conscience that may be permeating in the corridors of politics in Washington and New York.
And if we Palestinians continue our futile quest in counting on a positive American role, we will probably have to wait ages, when Zionism will have reached its goals in full.
To conclude, one must realize that not all conflicts are resolvable and that the Arab-Israeli strife is one of them.
This doesn't mean that Arabs and Muslims will have to give up.
Nay, never! We must eventually get rid of the dog if only because the dog is trying to get rid of us.
And there is no sura or verse in the Holy Quran saying that al-Masjidul Aqsa (Al-Aqsa Mosque) will be liberated in Mahmoud Abbas's lifetime.
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