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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The Futility of Counting on Netanyahu for Peace
By Khalid Amayreh
n occupied Palestine
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 1, 2015
It is really hard to give renewed European efforts to revive the
moribund peace process between Israel and the Palestinians the benefit of
But, even if we did, these efforts would hardly be
proven more than just a mere regurgitation of past failed efforts.
The naked facts on the ground in Occupied Palestine underscore a
completely grim outlook. Israel has more or less killed any remaining
chances for a viable Palestinian state, the centerpiece of the proposed
Israel is relentlessly continuing to make
facts on the ground, ensuring the irreversibility of present realities.
But the irreversibility of present realities also means that Israel,
whether we like it or not, is becoming a bi-national state de fact, at
least, with as many as 50% of the population between the River Jordan and
the Mediterranean (an area ruled or controlled by Israel) being non-Jews.
This non-Jewish population is expected to grow even further in
proportion to the number of Jews in years and decades to come. This is a
matter of science, not rhetoric or propaganda.
For its part, the
Palestinian Authority (PA) continues to make little “victories" on the
international arena. But we all know these symbolic achievements won't
make any difference in the final analysis.
This is because the
two-state strategy has effectively expired thanks to the ubiquitous Jewish
Which means it is now too late for the
establishment of a viable and territorially contiguous Palestinian state
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Israel, with a combination of
pressure and inducements, is likely to try to bully or cajole the weak PA
to content itself with a diminutive "state" encompassing truncated
Bantustans, cut off from each other by Jewish settlements, and isolated
from the rest of the world.
However, such an imposed "solution"
wouldn't be utterly rejected by the bulk of Palestinians, and its
advocates would probably be shot like stray dogs in the streets of the
West Bank for their perceived treason and perfidy.
exclusion of the paramount right of return for millions of Palestinian
refugees uprooted from their ancestral homeland in 1948, along with the
religiously sensitive subject Jerusalem, from such a settlement would
likely make it doomed from day one.
Furthermore, the phenomenon of
Mahmoud Abbas is unlikely to repeat itself on the Palestinian arena for
many years to come.
Israel today has
probably the most extremist right-wing government ever since the creation
of the Jewish state in Palestine in 1948.
This government is made
up of the gurus of Jewish fascism, who reject the principle of peace with
utter contempt. Indeed, for these fanatics, peace is a sign of weakness
and tantamount to the destruction the Jewish people.
to the shockingly recalcitrant remarks made by Israeli cabinet ministers
these days and compare these remarks with the Nazi discourse prior and
during the Second World War.
This is more than nationalist
extremism. This is odious fascism, pure and simple.
sound alarm bells everywhere. The collective mindset permeating in Israel
today more or less resembles the collective mindset which prevailed in
Nazi Germany in the few years preceding the Second World War.
Don't tell me Jews are not capable of doing the unthinkable. You bet they
In the final analysis, when Jews, or anyone else, think,
behave and act like the Nazi thought, behaved and acted, they become Nazi,
pure and simple.
Similarly, we have to remind ourselves and others
that the holocaust actually started long before Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen
It started much earlier with Mein Kamph, the
anti-Jewish laws, and then Kristalnacht, the sort of stuff we hear morning
and evening these days from the mouths of the children, grandchildren and
great grandchildren of the holocaust.
No peace strategy
The truth of the matter is that Israel has no peace strategy. Israel only
has a strategy for aborting peace not making it.
The killing by
Israel of the peace process and whatever hopes for peace that process may
have entailed is a damning proof that Israel doesn't want peace.
know and the world knows that the international community knows this fact
too well, but this international community is either too cowardly or too
dishonest to call the spade a spade, especially when the matter concerns
Israel, the world's most spoilt child.
Yes, Israeli officials and
spokesmen, along with the shipyard dogs of Israeli hasbara, would fill the
ether with all sorts of arguments justifying Israeli policies, including
the Lebensraum policy in the West Bank.
But any person with a
modicum or honesty and rectitude knows deep in the bottom of his or heart
that these arguments are dishonest, malicious and mendacious.
to the point, Israel has been given a thousand chances and a thousand
opportunities to walk in the path of peace but to no avail.
fact, the PA reduced itself into a Palestinian judenrat in the service of
Israeli whims as Palestinian security agencies did everything imaginable
to persecute, suppress, repress and torment Palestinian voices raised
against the enduring Israeli occupation, all in order to receive a
certificate of good conduct from Israel.
But Israel wouldn't
reciprocate and instead continued to relate to the PA with utter disregard
and utter contempt.
When the number-2 figure in the new Israeli
government, Naftali Bennett was asked a few weeks ago what he would tell
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas if he met him, Bennett, with characteristic
Jewish arrogance, said: "I would ask him to make me a cup of coffee."
Bennett's remark is by no means an unrepresentative anecdote. It actually
encapsulates mainstream thinking within the Israeli political-military
establishment, which makes the realization of peace virtually impossible.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current
affairs commentators living in occupied Jerusalem
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