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It Is Too Late for a Just Peace in Palestine
By Khalid Amayreh
in Occupied Palestine
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 17, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to adopt brazen
mendacity and dishonesty as his modus operandi vis-à-vis the rest of the
In fact, one would exaggerate very little by saying that
Netanyahu is probably the most dishonest political figure in Israel ever
since the racist Jewish entity came into being in Palestine 67 years ago.
In the past two weeks, Netanyahu made a plethora of statements voicing
his desire for the resumption of the moribund peace process with the weak
This is of course not the first time
Netanyahu makes such statements.
Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders
have been making all sorts of mendacious statements expressing an ostensible
desire for peace with the Palestinians.
However, these statements
were always proven to be utterly false, which shows that Netanyahu is not
just an ordinary liar, but rather a malicious one par excellence.
Just ask any European leader who has dealt with Netanyahu how he views the
Israeli premier and if he thinks he has any credibility. The answer would be
a clarion "No."
Indeed, how can we possibly trust a man who voices a
desire for peace with the Palestinians while doing everything in his ability
to kill any remaining prospects for peace?
In fact, expecting
Netanyahu to work for peace would be very much like expecting a ship to sail
on land. This is because Netanyahu and peace are an eternal oxymoron.
There is no doubt that a country that has built hundreds of colonies on land
that belongs to another people and transferred hundreds of thousands of its
citizens to live on land that belongs not to them doesn't have genuine peace
on its agenda.
This is the truth Netanyahu is trying to conceal or
blur by way of making all sorts of theatrical statements especially when
meeting with visiting foreign dignitaries.
Unfortunately, many or
most of these dignitaries, especially from Europe and North America, lack
the moral courage to tell Netanyahu "you are a liar" either explicitly or
But Netanyahu is a big liar in his own right. What else
can be said of a leader who claims to be working for peace while actually
killing it with all strength and determination?
In his firewall of defense against growing international awareness that
Netanyahu and peace contradict each other, the Israeli premier, a visionless
politician who thinks a more aggressive hasbara discourse can make up for
political wisdom, Netanyahu has been claiming that the international BDS
(Boycott, Disinvestment, Sanctions) against Israel is actually making peace
Given Netanyahu's malicious character, I have no doubt
whatsoever that the Israeli prime minister knows deep in his mind that he is
lying and that the BDS campaign and other forms of protest against Israel
are mere reactions to Israeli recalcitrance and criminal persecution and
oppression of the largely unprotected Palestinians under Israel's military
Yes, he knows it, but, since he views malicious
dishonesty as an expression of political skill and cleverness, he just goes
on and on, lying and lying and lying.
The fanatics in his quarter,
who are undoubtedly numerous, would rather innately hail him and praise his
genius in defense of Israel. But this is a shortsighted perception, utterly
devoid of wisdom.
This is because, Netanyahu's impetuousness,
recklessness and recalcitrance, which also reflect the collective mindset of
many Israelis, probably a majority, is what will eventually take Israel to
But by then, it would be too late. It is very much like a
heavily intoxicated driver making a fatal traffic accident under the
influence of alcohol.
As a Palestinian, I am ambivalent about the
course Netanyahu and his equally self-absorbed colleagues in government are
And just as the proverbial drunk driver who would refuse to
heed warnings against driving under the influence of alcohol, Netanyahu,
Bennett, Shaked, etc., are in no mood to listen to a word of advice and
In the final analysis, megalomaniac arrogance has more or
less the same influence on mental sanity. It often leads to fatal
I don't know for sure if there is still any real
chance for a dignified and lasting peace in Palestine/Israel. But whatever
chances there may still be are vanishing very rapidly before our eyes.
In light of the grim realities on the ground, this view should actually be
considered an overly auspicious perception rather than an expression of doom
and gloom because otherwise the vast majority of serious observers and
experts would strongly deny the existence of any real chance for peace in
this part of the word. Is it too late? I hope not.
But my hope may
be proven too illusive to be realistic.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran
Palestinian journalist and current affair commentator living in Occupied
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