Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
John Kerry Voices his Frustration Over the
American Inability to Pressure Israel to End its Occupation of Palestine
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 15, 2014
Voicing his frustration over the visibly moribund "peace process" between
Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry has been making some interesting remarks of late. These remarks,
however, seem to reflect not only American frustration, but also
American inability to pressure Israel to end its decades-old occupation of
Addressing the Saban Forum in Washington
D.C. this week, Kerry claimed that there was still a chance for a peace
settlement in the region, based on the two-state solution strategy.
He also reiterated several platitudes pertaining to the American Middle
Eastern policy, including reemphasizing unrestricted support for Israel,
despite the latter's recalcitrance and insolence, and denouncing Hamas, the
Palestinian Islamic liberation movement, for resisting Israeli aggression
Kerry also repeated calls on the weak PA to guard
Israeli security, even as Israel continues to torment the Palestinians,
seize their land, and build still more settlements, effectively decapitating
whatever remaining chances for saving or salvaging the two-state solution
I don't really know what type of advisors Kerry listens to
when deciding his approach to the enduring Palestinian plight. However, from
the choice of words he has been using, it seems amply clear that Kerry is
sidestepping the truth, contenting himself with resorting to the same failed
tactics employed by most of his predecessors.
erroneously of course, that if only the Palestinians terminated their
resistance to Israel and if only Arab states normalized relations with the
Jewish state, Israel would display generosity and everything would be fine
The truth of the matter, however, is that Israel would
never ever give up the occupied territories and agree to the repatriation of
Palestinian refugees unless it is pressured to do so.
country that truly desires peace with its neighbors doesn't build hundreds
of colonies on occupied land.
A country that truly wants peace
doesn't transfer hundreds of thousands of its citizens to live on a land
that doesn't belong to them. Why doesn't Kerry understand these outstanding
facts? Does he worry about losing his job due to Jewish pressure on the
White House? I am invoking these questions because dealing with the
Palestinian plight requires honesty, first and foremost. But, as we all
know, honesty has always been and continues to be conspicuously lacking or
completely absent from the American approach to the Middle East.
Indeed, the US tried every conceivable diplomatic feat to get Israel to
agree to end its occupation of Palestinian land, but to no avail. In fact,
the US effectively transformed Israel into a regional superpower in the hope
that it would feel secure enough to end its occupation of Palestinian land.
However, instead of getting Israel to walk in the path of peace, massive and
unrestricted aid and backing served to enable Israel not only to consolidate
the occupation itself but also to defiantly reject American peace efforts.
Thus, Israel continued to fly in the face of the international
community, including its guardian-ally, using American tax-payers' money to
bolster its lebensraum policy against her neighbors. This is because Israel
doesn't really take the U.S. seriously or seriously enough. Indeed, numerous
Israeli officials admitted on several occasions that Israel took the U.S.
for granted thanks to the almost complete domination of the American
government, especially Congress, by the American Jewish lobby. We don't need
to reinvent the wheel to prove America's ignominious subservience to "the
shitty" apartheid state that endangers the security and stability of the
world like no other state does.
Mr. Kerry: Let me communicate to you
the following outstanding facts, which I hope will help you chart your plans
in this troubled spot.
First, the two-state solution strategy is
irreversibly over. Israel has simply decapitated this possibility once and
for all, as there is no room left for the establishment of a viable
Palestinian state, thanks to the ubiquitous expansion of Jewish settlements.
Second, the U.S. cannot pressure Israel to end the occupation due to
domestic American considerations. Mr. Kerry probably knows this reality
better than this writer does. However, we all know that there are serious
limits to what American officials can say, especially in public. Words like
"political incorrectness" and "political suicides" are often invoked when
U.S. leaders and officials are demanded to tell the truth with regard to
Israel and its disproportionate influence on successive American
Third, Hamas and other Palestinian resistance
groups are no more than pretexts or "red herrings" used by the Israeli
(hasbara) propaganda machine to justify Israeli intransigence and
rejectionism. The PLO, which recognized Israel rather unilaterally and
virtually unconditionally, more than 20 years ago, got absolutely nothing
from Israel in return. Indeed, instead of obtaining a viable Palestinian
state with East Jerusalem as its capital, the PA (PLO) was effectively
reduced to a vanquished supplicant that is much worse than a beggar.
Fourth, we must be honest, at least with ourselves. There is no political
solution to the conflict in Palestine. Israel, with American complicity,
simply killed this possibility.
The elimination of this possibility
leaves us with two remaining alternatives: The establishment of a unitary
state in all of mandatory Palestine where Jews and Arabs can live together
in peace and equality in the context of a truly democratic state.
But human equality on the one hand and Zionism on the other are an eternal
oxymoron, as the Zionist leadership would never accept to grant non-Jews
equal rights since doing so would cause Israel to lose its Jewish identity,
which leads us to the second and only remaining alternative: The open-ended
Today, the Israeli Jewish society continues to drift
toward Jewish racism and fascism. In fact, a fleeting glance at the Israeli
media, including the social media, is sufficient to discover that Israel in
2014 is very much similar to Germany in the early or mid-1930s.
Racist hatred of the native Palestinian is everywhere in Israel today and
Israeli political leaders are trying to endear themselves to Jewish voters
by shamelessly emulating the Nazi leadership's approach to Jews.
Three months from now, Israelis will go to the polls to elect a new
government which is expected to be even more extremist and more fascist than
the present one headed by Binyamin Netanyahu, a pathological liar by any
standard of imagination.
This means that unless the world community
adopts a meaningful and decisive stand against Jewish apartheid and its
numerous evil manifestations, Israel could embark on the unthinkable against
the unprotected Palestinians, including the possibility of committing
genocidal ethnic cleansing.
I am sorry to give a gloomy description
of the present situation in Occupied Palestine. However, I hope that knowing
the truth would free people like John Kerry from the illusion that things
are moving in the right direction.
Khalid Amayreh is an
American-educated Palestinian journalist and political commentator living in
the West Bank