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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Netanyahu and Bennet Are
Taking Israel to the Abyss of Open-Ended Conflict
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May
Israel heading to the abyss
As a member of the independent Elders Group of global leaders, former US
president Jimmy Carter made some interesting remarks during a brief visit to
the West Bank (during the first week of May 2015).
founded by former South African President Nelson Mandela in 2007 and
includes former presidents from several countries, was barred by Israel
from visiting the Gaza Strip, thoroughly devastated by a sustained Israeli
bombing campaign last summer, which lasted for 53 days.
Much of what
Carter said was actually regurgitation of past platitudes repeated ad
nauseam by the former American president.
He urged Palestinians to
hold elections in order to end the de facto division between the West Bank
and Gaza, as if holding elections in occupied Palestine or even ending the
rift between Fat'h and Hamas were the mother of all problems.
Likewise, Carter didn't comment on the likelihood that Israel (and probably
the PA as well) wouldn't accept the outcome of any elections in case Hamas,
the Islamic liberation group, emerged as the main winner.
Not malicious, but naÔve
I am not accusing the man from
Georgia of ill-will or harboring any malicious intentions. But I do think
that the former president is being overly naÔve, too trusting and probably a
I believe it is imperative that Carter and his
colleagues ought to have an accurate prognosis of the situation on the
ground. They ought to understand that Israel has effectively killed any
remaining chances for the two-state solution. The ubiquitous proliferation
of Jewish settlements in every part of the West Bank, especially in East
Jerusalem, has irreversibly eradicated any remaining possibility for the
establishment of a viable Palestinian state.
It is really
mind-boggling that this outstanding fact is being ignored or belittled by
people who are supposed to be intelligent and wise.
Is this a
conscious or subconscious effort to retain a semblance of hope for peace
lest people suddenly find themselves face to face with a reality they never
wanted to see?
No Room left for Palestinian
Well, the world at large, including Muslims and Jews,
ought to be courageous enough to come to terms with reality, namely that
there is no room left for a Palestinian state and that alternative solutions
need to be sought.
But, unfortunately, there are not many
alternatives to be sought for resolving the seemingly perpetual conflict.
Indeed, with the two-state solution practically eliminated, there are
only two alternatives left.
First, the establishment of a unitary
state between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean in which Jews and Arabs
live together in peace and equality. But such an idea is anathema for
Zionism as it constitutes its ultimate antithesis.
A unitary state,
irrespective of the name, would effectively put an end to Israel as it has
been since its creation in Palestine 67 years ago. Moreover, the clear Arab
demographic advantage over Jews in mandatory Palestine (Israel and the
occupied territories) would eventually lead to a state with a clear if not
overwhelming Arab Muslim majority in a matter of few decades.
Zionist strategists are aware of these prospects, but they seriously lack
the means (or ideas) to defer or circumvent these prospects.
propose perpetual apartheid, application of more repression against the
Palestinians, narrowing their horizons, economic pressure, even forced
emigration, as "suggestions" to save the Zionist enterprise.
these suggestions, which express frustration on the part of the Zionist
movement, could cause Israel to face even more existential perils
endangering Israelís very survival. Apartheid is not easy to sustain, and
ethnic cleansing on a wide scale would be tantamount to genocide. Would the
Jews, the victims of Nazi Germany, seek to emulate their former tormentors
and grave-diggers in order to achieve goals that differ little from those of
the Third Reich, namely maintaining an ethnically and religiously pure
I have no doubt that Zionist leaders will miss no
opportunity to trigger wars, hunt for "opportunities," create alibis, spread
chaos and turbulence in the region and beyond in order to seize the chance
to expel the Palestinians, or most of them, using a combination of mass
murder and mass terror.
But that would be the ultimate Holocaust.
It would also be an act of suicide as well for Israel and Jews alike.
Indeed, Israel, already a pariah state, would become the object of intense
hatred and vilification by the rest of the world and Jews everywhere in the
world would suffer the consequences of their state's folly.
Similarly, millions of Muslims around the world would become suicide bombers
targeting Jews and their supporters. IS would grow and expand a thousand
fold, with governments and security agencies utterly unable to stem the tide
of millions of youths joining its ranks.
I am not a prophet of doom
and gloom and I don't see into the future. However, from the intensive
experience of 50 years of closely observing Israeli behavior, I honestly
believe that such scenarios are not outside the realm of possibility. They
could happen. History does repeat itself, if only because most men don't
learn from their blunders. And Israeli leaders are not driven by wisdom or
morality, but rather by arrogance and evil millenarianism, very much like
Hitler was. We know the rest of the story.
The alternative to establishing a unitary state in
Palestine/Israel is open-ended conflict. I think this is what will
eventually be the case. This is sad, but inevitable. But it does mean that
Israel will have to live by the sword for eternity. Israel is not a small
isolated state living by itself in a remote region. Israel is in the heart
of the Arab world, and within a few decades, will be surrounded by 600
million hostile Muslims, seething with hatred and indignation for everything
In short, all future scenarios facing Israel are negative
if not nightmarish, which means that Netanyahu, Bennet, et al, are taking
Israel to the abyss.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian
journalist and current affairs commentator living in Occupied Palestine
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