Is Palestine’s full statehood a mere day dream?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
Palestine has not been able to obtain sovereignty from occupying Israeli forces chiefly because the world powers have been colluding with Israel whereas Israel was created inside Palestine in a hurry by the world powers led by USA-UK English twins had decided so. And Israel has been butchering Palestinians s because these powers are shielding the crimes being committed by Israeli regime against humanity. Upon a great struggle, Palestinians have succeeded n getting a defacto Palestine state without voting power in UN but has the right to approach the international courts against Israeli crimes- genocides, illegal Jewish settlements inside Palestine, military expansionism, blockade terror against Palestinians, etc.
That is indeed a great achievement of the humanity, considering the hatred of Jews, the hidden and open operations against Palestine statehood by USA which has been foolishly using its UN veto to protect Israel from any punitive measures for its crimes.
Of course, Palestine statehood is on its way but US president can make the passage easy and safe.
In a regime of growing confinement, the Israelis have steadily undermined Palestinian sovereignty, aided and abetted by an American acquiescence in Israel’s ongoing settlement projects. Now, at least, there is an opportunity to lay the foundations for some newer kind of solution grounded in human rights, freedom of movement, complete cessation of settlement building, and equal access to land, water, and places of worship. It will have to be based on a new reality, which Israel and USA have had such a hand in creating. Think of it as the one-state solution.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem, in which Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Middle East War. It formally annexed Jerusalem in 1980 — in a move never recognized by the international community — claiming the city as the Jewish state’s capital.
Washington has finally thrown in the towel on its long, tortured efforts to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians, though one won’t find any acknowledgement of this in the official record. The military alliance between the USA and Israel as well as CIA and Mossad has long been at odds with the stated intentions of successive regimes in Washington to foster peace in the Holy Land. One White House after another has preferred the “solution” of having it both ways: supporting a two-state solution while richly rewarding, with lethal weaponry, an incorrigible client state that was working as fast as it could to undermine just such a solution.
America’s Zionist mindset
With a possibility of essentially an anti-Palestine and pro-Israel lobbyist Hillary Clinton fancying for her own US presidency the chances are indeed bleak of people of Palestine getting trapped permanently within the Israeli terror blockades and terrorized by Israeli military‘s intermittent expansionist attacks.
Madam Hillary, if at all elected to White House, would make her first ever foreign tour to Israel for sumptuous Jewish dinner and switch Zionist button to destroy entire Palestine, starting with Gaza Strip, and kill every Palestinian, especially the children and women. She would commit to greater Israel and accomplish one state solution.
As for Trump, some Palestinians were encouraged by his statement to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough that he might “be sort of a neutral guy” on the issue. “I have a real question as to whether or not both sides want to make it. A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make the peace deal — whether or not Israel’s willing to sacrifice certain occupied things.” Yet Trump subsequently fell in line with Republican orthodoxy, pledging among other things to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, a litmus test for supporters of the hard right in Israel, and a virtual guarantee that East Jerusalem, at the center of the Palestinian dream of statehood, will remain in Israel’s hands.
American double speak and open military support to Israel, a fascist nation imposed in Mideast by USA-UK twins, have not allowed any real peace between a racist and fanatic Israel and Palestine
Formally, the USA still supports a two-state solution to the conflict in order mainly to boost Israeli military and economic power. The Obama government’s recent 10-year, $38-billion pledge to renew Israel’s arsenal of weaponry, while still ostensibly pursuing “peace,” makes clear just how bankrupt that policy is. For two decades, Israeli leaders and their neoconservative backers in USA, hell-bent on building and expanding settlements on Palestinian land, have worked to undermine America’s stated efforts — and paid no price. Now, with that record weapons package, the USA has made it all too clear that they won’t have to.
In the 1990s, as first lady, Clinton had stirred controversy by uttering the word “Palestine” and kissing Yasser Arafat’s widow, Suha, on the cheek. Now she fully embraces those who believe Israel can do no wrong, including Hollywood mogul Haim Saban, who has donated at least $6.4 million to her campaign, and millions more to the Clinton Foundation and the Democratic National Committee. Saban, an Israeli-American whose billions came largely from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise, describes himself as “a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”
USA finances Israeli terrorism
The Palestinians’ would-be homeland is now checkered with military bases, settlements, settler-only roads, and hundreds of checkpoints and barriers — all in a West Bank the size of Delaware, our second-smallest state. An estimated 40% of adult male Palestinians, and thousands of children, have seen the insides of Israeli jails and prisons; many of them languish there without charges.
In the two-plus decades since the 1993 Oslo Agreement, which some believed would put Israel and the Palestinians on the path to peace, and that “Clean Break” document which was written to undermine it, the West Bank illegal settler population has grown from 109,000 to nearly 400,000 (an estimated 15% of whom are American). The would-be capital of a Palestinian state, East Jerusalem, is now surrounded by 17 Jewish settlements. Palestinians nominally control a mere 18% of the West Bank (also known as Area A), or 4% of the entire land base of Israel/Palestine.
The ongoing duality seemed at its most surreal in the last few weeks. Recently President Obama announced the new military deal, with its promised delivery of fighter jets and other hardware, citing the “unshakable” American military alliance with Israel. The following week, at the United Nations, he declared, “Israel must recognize that it cannot permanently occupy and settle in Palestinian land.” Next, he flew to Israel for the funeral of former PM and then president Shimon Peres, and in a tribute to the Nobel Prize-winning (why he was chosen for Nobel peace prize when he and his followers keep killing Palestine children?) former Israeli president, spoke of a man who grasped that “the Jewish people weren’t born to rule another people” and brought up the “unfinished business” of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Such scolding words, however, shrivel into nothingness in the face of a single number: 38 billion. With its latest promise of military aid, the USA has essentially sanctioned Israel’s impunity, its endless colonization of Palestinian land, its military occupation of the West Bank, and its periodic attacks by F-16 fighter jets and Apache helicopters using Hellfire missiles on the civilians of Gaza. USA shields all crimes committed by Israeli military in Palestine by using its veto on UNSC.
However, neither Obama nor Netanyahu is sincere about peace in Mideast. America has all levers to control an contain Israeli regime but US presidents, including Obama have never sought to pressurize Israel. But the economic and military aids provided in excess and regularly embolden Israel to attack Palestinians.
Taking hue from American attitude, every Zionist ruler has been rude and ruthless, behaves like a state terrorist leader. Just because Peres is no more he does not become a great leader; He is remembered quite differently by Palestinians as an early pioneer of settlement building and the author of the brutal Operation Grapes of Wrath assaults on Lebanon in 1996. Peres a usual criminal minded Jew promoted to lead Jewish community and is Not long after the funeral, the government of PM Benjamin Netanyahu brazenly approved a new settlement deep in the West Bank, prompting the State Department to “strongly condemn” the action as “deeply troubling.” Of course, Netanyahu knows it is a usual stunt by Washington to fool the world, particularly the Arab world.
Israel has, in essence, created a Jim Crow-like separate and unequal reality there: a one-state “solution” that it alone controls. The United States has done almost nothing about this (other than carefully couched, periodic State Department words of complaint), while its ally marched forward unchecked. Not since James Baker was secretary of state under the first President Bush before — notably enough — the signing of the Oslo accords has any US leader threatened to withhold funds unless Israel stops building settlements on Palestinian land. The phrase “friends don’t let friends drive drunk” no longer applies in US-Israeli relations. Rather, what we hear are regular pledges of “absolute, total, unvarnished commitment to Israel’s security.” Those were, in fact, the words of Vice President Joe Biden during a 2010 visit to Israel — a pledge offered, as it turned out, only a few hours before the Netanyahu government announced the construction of 1,600 new apartments in East Jerusalem.
Hamas’s occasional toy rockets sometimes help provoke Israeli fire, and human rights investigations have found that Israel has committed war crimes. But Israel’s explosive power in the 2014 Gaza war, fueled in large part by American military aid and political support, exceeded that of Hamas by an estimated 1,500-to-1. By one estimate of USA-Israel, all of Hamas’s rockets, measured in explosive power, were equal to 12 of the one-ton bombs Israel dropped on Gaza. And it loosed hundreds of those, and fired tens of thousands of shells, rockets and mortars. In the process, nearly 250 times more Palestinian civilians died than civilians in Israel.
Infighting in Palestine
As if what Israel is doing in Palestine Is not enough, people of Fatah and Hamas also kill each other.
Israel and USA make Palestinians (Fatah-Hamas) fight each other in West bank and Gaza an, creating the preconditions for Israeli military to attack them and confiscate their lands. With Gaza Strip severed from the West Bank, and Palestinians facing new waves of Jewish settlers amid a half-century-long military occupation, the USA has chosen not to apply pressure to its out-of-control ally, but instead to resupply its armed forces in a massive way. This means. after all these decades, the two-state solution, critically flawed as it was, should now officially be declared dead — and consider the US super power an accomplice in its murder. In other words, the Obama government has handed Israel’s leaders and the neoconservatives who have long championed this path the victory they’ve sought for more than two decades.
US presidents follow what Israel has devised for Mideast through Neocons. Twenty years ago, the pro-Israel hard right in America designed the core strategy that helped lead to this American capitulation. In 1996, a task force led by Neocons Richard Perle (future chairman of the Defense Policy Board), David Wurmser (future senior Middle East adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney), Douglas Feith (future undersecretary of defense), and others issued a policy paper aimed at weakening Israel’s Arab neighbors via regime change in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and “roll back” in Syria and Iran, among other points. The recommendations turned out to be anything but a wish list, given that a number of them would soon hold influential positions in the government of George W. Bush under whose presidency Sept-11 hoax was planned and engineered to enable the NATO to attack an Islamizing Afghanistan to begin its permanent war for regime changes.
Neocons guide USA and Israel
The CIA-Pentagon and NATO were ready to launch the grand plan much before the Sept-11 hoax. The task force, which was chaired by Perle, argued that regime change in Iraq would enable Israel and the USA to decisively shift the balance of power in the region so that Israel could make a ‘clean break’ from the Oslo process (or any framework that would require it to give up ‘land for peace’) and, in so doing, ‘secure the realm’ against Palestinian territorial claims.” Israel would assume enormous power to deal with Arabs with US backing.
As early as 1996, the Neocons were already imagining what would become the disastrous invasion of Iraq in 2003. Maybe, neither the Neocons nor Netanyahu could have foreseen the chaos that would follow, with Iraq nearly cracking open and Syria essentially collapsing into horrific civil war and violence, exodus of refugees thronging in other countries, civilians stranded under relentless bombing, and the biggest refugee crisis since World War II gripping Europe and the world.
The Neocon advocates of regime change did imagine chaos as an essential part of the process from early on. In 1985, as a consultant to the National Security Council and to Oliver North, Ledeen had helped broker the illegal arms-for-hostages deal with Iran by setting up meetings between weapons dealers and Israel. “We must also topple terror states in Tehran and Damascus.” The Neocons got so much more than they bargained for in Iraq, and so much less than they wanted in Syria and Iran.
The Neocons recent attempts — with Netanyahu as their chief spokesman — to block the Obama government’s Iran nuclear deal, for example, went down in flames. Still, it’s stunning to think just how much their strategy of regime change and chaos helped transform the world and the Greater Middle East for the worse, and to be reminded that its ultimate goal was in large part to keep Israel from having to pursue a peace deal with the Palestinians. Of course, there were other benefits the Neocons imagined back then as part of their historic attempt to redraw the map of the Middle East. Controlling some of the vast oil reserves of that region was one of them, but of course that didn’t exactly turn out to be a “mission accomplished” moment either. Only the Israeli part of the plan seemed to succeed as once imagined.
A boycott movement pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, targets cultural institutions and businesses including those that profit from the occupation of the West Bank. Its approach is akin to the movement to impose sanctions on South Africa during the apartheid era, though it si supposed to aim to confront Israel’s human rights abuses through direct economic and political pressure. The BDS movement has been endorsed by an assortment of international trade unions, scholarly associations, church groups, the Jewish Voice for Peace, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu. At the root of BDS, Clinton has hinted darkly, is anti-Semitism.
However, like South African apartheid, the status quo of this moment simply can’t last forever. Eventually, the future of the region will not be left to the self-proclaimed “honest brokers” of Washington who lecture Palestinians on the proper forms of nonviolence, while offering no genuine alternatives to surrender. Given the long history of Palestinian resistance, it is foolhardy to expect such a surrender now and particularly unwise to slander a movement of nonviolent resistance — especially given what we know about the kinds of resistance that are possible.
On Tuesday, the UNESCO’s executive board officially adopted a resolution that referred to the Al-Aqsa mosque as a purely Islamic heritage. Palestinian group Hamas has criticized UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for distancing himself from a UNESCO resolution denying a Jewish connection to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. On Tuesday, the UNESCO’s executive board officially adopted a resolution that referred to the Al-Aqsa mosque as a purely Islamic heritage. Ban, for his part, said that the holy site belongs to all religions. “The Secretary General reaffirms the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions and stresses the importance of the religious and historical link of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian peoples to the holy site,” Ban’s spokesman Estefan Dogrec said.
Hamas described Ban’s statement as a “violation of his duties”. “These statements are evidence of Ban’s violation of international resolutions for serving Israeli interests,” the Palestinian group said in a statement. For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Meanwhile, the Organization Women Wage Peace stage rally outside the President’s Residence in Jerusalem calling on both Palestinian and Israeli leaders to forge a peace agreement; speakers included Israeli female rabbis and former terror victims. Thousands of women demonstrated for peace outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem at an event entitled the “March of Hope.” The women called on both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to take steps to reach a diplomatic agreement. “There is a lot of energy which will lead us on a new path—maybe even to change. I hope that it will be possible to see the connections and to see what can be done to create a solution,” Froman said, “I believe that the peace we want will happen, and that it will come after we see what is possible and what is definitely not possible. Even the right-wing will work with us towards peace,” he said. They held a multi-faith prayer service at Qasr al-Yahud on the Israel-Jordan border in which 1,000 Palestinian women participated, along with hundreds of Jordanian women on the other side of the border.
Head of the Peace Authorities in the Middle East Huda abu al-Arkub from Hebron called for a political agreement between the two sides. At the Jerusalem rally, she said “you have a partner. “The time has come for mutual recognition of our rights to live as free people in the Holy Land. The time has come for our hope to bring us closer to a safer future, so that the next generation of Jews and Palestinians will be able to use their full potential as free people,” she continued. I’m standing here with Women Wage Peace to say loudly and strongly on behalf of the women of the region: enough! No more war, no more bloodshed, and no more discrimination. No more separation barriers between us!”
Just as Kashmir issue cannot be solved without the overt consent of India occupying Jammu Kashmir brutally for years now, Palestine resolution in complete sense also cannot be done without the consent of Israel and USA. Palestine may obtain full statehood with voting power but its territories and other benefits cannot be decided without the active involvement of USA and Israel.
Maybe some Palestinians would say: “With patience, change will come. All will be better.”
Much of West bank is in the hands of Israeli military, police, American construction companies, hired Palestinian laborers on illegal Jewish settlements sites,
Israel reserves the right to kill any Palestinian in Palestine or is real because USA endorses the Zionist crimes
Today, after 20 years, all around the Holy Land, states are collapsing or at least their foundations are crumbling, and Israel’s actions make clear that it isn’t about to help improve the situation in any way. It visibly intends to pursue a policy of colonization, permanent human rights violations, and absolute rule over the Palestinians. These are facts on the ground that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Netanyahu, the Israeli right wing, and those American neocon visionaries fought so hard to establish. A succession of leaders in Washington — at least those who weren’t designing this policy themselves — have been played for fools.
Israel exploits USA and EU just like USA exploits countries like India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey etc. Like Hillary, many US leaders are committed to Israeli eigme. “Unvarnished commitment” in 2016 means that $38 billion for what Obama called “the world’s most advanced weapons technology.” That includes 33 of Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, at $200 million per jet, part of a troubled $1.5 trillion weapons system subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. Other deadly hardware headed for Israel: cargo planes, F-15 fighter jets, battle tanks, armored personnel carriers, a new class of warships whose guided missiles would undoubtedly be aimed directly at Gaza, and more of Lockheed’s Hellfire missiles. If recent history is any indication, you would need to add fresh supplies of bombs, grenades, torpedoes, rocket launchers, mortars, howitzers, machine guns, shotguns, pistols, and bayonets. As part of the agreement, US arms manufacturers will soon supply 100% of that weaponry, while Israeli weapons manufacturers will be phased out of U.S. military aid.
Current US policy, if that’s the right word, could perhaps be summed up as weapons, weapons, and more weapons, while Washington otherwise washed its hands of what was always known as “the peace process” Today, functionally, there’s no such process left. And that’s unlikely to change under a President Clinton. If anything, it may get worse. Whether or not or a President Trump would help establish much delayed Palestine state remains to be seen.
During the Democratic primary campaign, for instance, Hillary Clinton promised to invite Netanyahu as her guest of honor to ”her” White House “during my first month in office” in order to “reaffirm” Washington’s “unbreakable bond with Israel.” In a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which labels itself “America’s pro-Israel lobby,” she was virtually silent on the Israeli settlement issue, except to promise to protect Israel against its own violations of international law. She attacked Trump from the right, denouncing his once-expressed wish to remain “neutral” on the issue of Israel and Palestine.
Palestinians are seen walking over the rubble of a house that overlooks the Israeli separation barrier, background, and was demolished, as usual strategy, by the Israeli army, in the West Bank village of Qalandia, near Ramallah, but UN and Obama and Hillary et al have no kind words for the besieged Palestinians and murder of their children by Zionist fascist forces. As a routine feature, Israeli soldiers shot and killed, on October 19 afternoon, a young Palestinian woman at the Za’tara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after she reportedly attempted to stab soldiers manning the roadblock. Medical sources said the slain young woman has been identified as Raheeq Birawi, 23, from ‘Aseera ash-Shamaliyya town, west of Nablus. Za’tara military roadblock, is close to Tapuach Junction, near Tapuach ultra-orthodox illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands between Nablus and Ramallah. Following the shooting, the soldiers closed the military roadblock, preventing the Palestinians from crossing in both directions, while dozens of additional troops were deployed in the area. Nasser Jawabra, the head of Aseera ash-Shamaliyya Local council, said that Raheeq was married to a Palestinian man who lives in the United States, and has no political affiliations.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, at least 24 Palestinians, including children, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, among them fifteen from Jerusalem. Israeli occupation tanks carried out a limited incursion into Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. According to locals, four tanks have entered 50 meters into the region, and were reportedly leveling lands near the border.
Israeli forces carry such invasions frequently, in addition to daily attacks on fishermen and farmers. Israel is using its money, weaponry and technology, and triclomacy to criminate Palestinians and to kill than as terrorists.
In the short term, then, the prospect for an American-brokered just peace may be as bleak as it’s ever been — even though US officials know full well that a just solution to the conflict would remove a primary recruiting tool for jihadists. For the next four to eight years, American leadership will, by all indications, shore up the status quo, which means combining all that weaponry and de facto acquiescence in Israel’s land grabs with, perhaps, the occasional hand-wringing State Department statement.
Whether by peaceful resistance or other means, the status quo will change, in part simply because it must: a structure this twisted cannot stand on its own forever. Already AIPAC’s monumental attempts to scuttle the Iran deal have led to humiliating defeat and that’s just a taste of what, sooner or later, the future could hold. After all, young Americans, including young Jews, are increasingly opposed to Israel’s domination of Palestinian lands, and increasingly supportive of the boycott movement. In addition, the balance of power in the region is shifting. One can’t know how Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran will operate there in the years to come, but amid the ongoing chaos, US influence will undoubtedly diminish over time. As a member of a prominent Gaza family said to me many years ago: “Does Israel think America will always protect them, always give them arms, and that they will always be the biggest power in the Middle East? Do they really expect they can maintain this hold on us forever?”
How much the Jews, Christians and Palestinians – the stake holders in Mideast peace deal – believe in God and His role in peace making could decide the fate of Palestinian children. Many illegal settlers in Palestine want the Palestinians to abandon the” illusions” of the now-terminal two-state solution, as envisioned in the Oslo process. They want to kill Oslo and peace process and continue with illegal occupational crimes. After all, Israel never uses the words “freedom” and “independence” as they never appear, while Israeli “security” is mentioned several times. Hillary mentions this in every talk on Mideast peace.
One could pose an intrinsic and equally interesting question: why do the Palestine require freedom and sovereignty when they are being able be united and kill each other at the instigation of Israel-US twins? Don’t they know their mutual enmity ahs strengthened the cause of military expansionism of US-Israeli terror twins?