- On October 2, Haaretz said "Israel accepts Quartet
peace plan," making Palestinian UN membership conditional on negotiating
peace with an unwilling partner.
- No matter that decades of on-and-off talks never achieved
resolution and won't now.
- Moreover, Israel doesn't negotiate. It demands. As a
result, restarting the charade assures freedom later, not now.
- On October 2, Netanyahu and eight senior cabinet ministers
agreed "to support the (Quartet's pro-Israeli scheme) within a month
- A formal statement "welcome(d)" the chance
to subvert Palestinian aspirations with Quarter help. In part, it said:
- "Israel calls on the Palestinian Authority to do
the same and to enter into direct negotiations without delay."
- Israel's cabinet discussed resuming talks after failing
to reach agreement days earlier on accepting the Quartet's proposal. On
Sunday, consensus was reached despite timetable and contentious issue concerns.
- Doing so reflects knowing that negotiations between two
unequal partners places Israel in control of a process assuring Palestinians
dead-end failure again.
- On September 28, Israel's Vice Prime Minister and Minister
for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon told Israel National News that Israeli/Palestinian
negotiations assure no prospects for peace, saying:
- "Does anyone think we can sign an agreement"
when young Palestinians are "brought up" believing "there
is no Jewish nation."
- "There is no doubt that the Palestinians going to
the UN is a gross violation of the Oslo Accords....(W)e are ready to talk
about everything, but the fundamental questions we raised were answered
with a resounding 'no,' for example of a future consent, not a condition
for beginning negotiations, to recognize Israel as a Jewish nation, and
we were told that will never happen. So what can we talk about?"
- Oslo surrendered to Israeli demands in return for which
Palestinians became their own enforcers. Peace or treaty negotiations aren't
contingent on recognizing another nation's religion.
- Principles of the 1994 Israel-Jordan agreement included
borders, normalization, security, defense, Jerusalem, water, and Palestinian
refugees. Israel never demanded Jordan recognize a Jewish state. It likely
never came up nor would it with other Arab states.
- Why then Palestine? It's a convenient way to blame PA
negotiators for refusing to accept unreasonable Israeli demands only asked
of them to extract more concessions and deny justice again.
- Yet Ma'an News said Secretary of State Clinton told Egypt's
al-Hayat TV Saturday that Palestinians must be flexible, saying:
- "(N)o matter what happens or doesn't happen in the
United Nations, unless we can get the Palestinians and the Israelis to
negotiate over the boundaries of the state, the security provisions, what
happens in Jerusalem, what happens with refugees, water, all of the issues
we know so well have to be resolved, we're going to raise expectations
without being able to deliver."
- Clinton, of course, knows Palestinian rights again will
be denied. Negotiations now will be as futile as decades of failed attempts
because they have no willing partner allied with its Washington paymaster/partner
supporting its most outrageous acts.
- Moreover, dealing with collaborationist leaders like
Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad assure no prospect of achieving long denied
- In his September 27 Electronic Intifada article, Jonathan
Cook discussed core problems, including Middle East envoy Tony Blair (a
reinvented war criminal), acting more as an "Israeli diplomat"
than an impartial arbiter.
- More important is lack of legitimate Palestinian leadership
supporting their interests, not Western ones and Israel's. As long as Abbas
and Fayyad represent them, long denied justice won't be achieved.
- As long as the PA accedes to this type leadership, its
credibility will erode. Cook calls it a "casualty" of a failed
- However, he believes America, Europe and the UN will
only have a "marginal" role to play ahead. "The Palestinian
old guard are about to be challenged by a new generation that is tired
of" same old, same old "pander(ing) to Israel's interests...."
- Wanting change and knowing how social media work, they're
"better equipped to organize a popular mass movement, and refuse to
be bound by the borders that encaged their parents and grandparents."
- Fossilized PA leadership is the "problem, not the
solution." Emerging new leaders want what older ones never demanded
or remained tied to failed policies benefitting them at the expense of
people they're supposed to serve.
- Looking ahead, Palestinians have growing global millions
of supporters. At the same time throughout the Middle East, visceral anti-American/anti-Israeli
passion is resonant.
- Combined with Arab Spring aspirations, it's combustible
enough to target other Israeli embassies besides Cairo's, demand democratic
change benefitting Palestine, and further isolate Israel, America and key
EU allies failing to recognize a new spirit and embrace it enough to matter.
- Global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) initiatives
are also vibrant, as well as increasing numbers of Israeli Jews voting
with their feet and leaving. They're fed up with rogue leaders and policies
no one should tolerate.
- Things that can't go on forever, won't. They never do
no matter how long it takes to roust them. It's true in America, Israel
- Under responsible emerging new leaders, committed grassroots
spirit one day will triumph in ways old guard fossils never imagined or
pursued. They're on the way out, or as Cook says, "The old men in
suits have had their day."
- For millions of Palestinians, it can't come a moment
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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