Obama puts Israel on notice

For the US chattering class, president Obama’s talk on the Middle East at Foggy Bottom seemed like the same old, same old. And in a way, it was. What wasn’t and the New York Times man in Israel with a son in the ‘Tsuhal’ or IDF [Israeli Defence Force] baldly put it: ‘It is the first time an American president has explicitly endorsed [the 1967] borders as the baseline for negotiations’.
With those words, sweetened by the stock phrases — ‘Israel’s right to defend itself’; Israel has a right to exist and the like — Obama knocked the pins out from under right wing premier ‘Bibi’ Netenyahu’s almost 20 years of delays that began by sabotaging the Oslo Accords and went on to expand illegal settlements and expulsion of Palestinians in the west bank and east Jerusalem of their land and homes, justified by a hoary reading of biblical accounts that the land of Samaria and Judea belonged to two Jewish kingdoms which ceased to exist thousands of years ago.
Now the Zionist state is between a rock and a hard place. The American president’s words have branded Israel an occupier who has to abandon Israel’s pretensions for a state stretching from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River. Furthermore, it has to evacuate the west bank which represents the territorial integrity of a Palestinian state to be. And one that the UN General Assembly is very likely to recognise and confer statehood in September.
Netenyahu, as a Revisionist Zionist, will resist as he always has. [GuamDiary has already commented on Simon Schema’s interview with Tzipi Lipni, also a Revisionist Zionist and leader of the Kadima party, which Ariel Sharon cobbled together. As a former member of Mossad and foreign minister, she acknowledges that time is not on Israel’s side; she says that all items are on the table for discussion of a peace treaty and the creation of a Palestinian state on the west bank and in Gaza, including east Jerusalem and the removal of illegal settlements.]
Obama is trying to avoid recognition of Palestine by the UN, which he probably won’t be able to delay. The US president’s recognition of the 1967 boundaries as a basis for a peace treaty with Israel is a clean sign that the debate in the White House is over; Hillary Clinton has won over the objections of pro Israeli advisors like Dennis Ross.
At tomorrow’s gathering of AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee], at which both Netenyahu and Obama are going to address should prove interesting. The president will be frostily received. His words on the other hand should bolster another Jewish lobby group, J Street, which had a full page ad in today’s NYT, urging him to call for rolling Israel’s expansion back to the 1967 borders.
More likely than not, the Arab and Muslim world will applaud Obama for his seemingly bold words, which are long overdue. He will surely draw rapid fire criticism from the hard core supporters of Israel for whom any criticism is equated with anti Semitism. In fact, Obama’s position on the 1967 borders should now make hollow such a charge.
If the UN does accord ‘de jure’ and ‘de facto’ status on a Palestinian state under 43 years of Israeli occupation, what will the Zionist state do? Will it pick up its marbles and walk away? If it does that it will darken its own image since in the 1930s Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany walked out of the League of Nations.
The implications of Obama’s recognition of the 1967 borders for Palestinian independence will in the longer run force Israel to adapt to the swiftly changing reality within the Arab world and its own untenable claims. Ultimately, it will have to admit that it is a Levantine state, no more no less. Anything less than that will put Israel on the path to war with its neighbours.

 

A divided US Jewish community

 
In the pages of today’s ‘New York Times’ [19 May 2011] the reader’s eye will spot a half page ad by the ADL [American Defamation League], a full page ad by J Street, a Jewish lobby, and an opinion peace by Likud’s deputy speaker in the Knesset Danny Danon.
The ADL strongly condemns Hamas as a terrorist group, which is not remarkable, since it has not departed from its characterisation of that Palestinian group. It, however, highlights how much the ADL, the ‘Simon Wiesenthal’ of seeing anti Semitism any and everywhere, is off the radar in the rush of events in the Middle East.
On the other hand, J Street is calling for the US to call for a two state solution based on 1967 borders, which Israel until now has firmly rejected. Will president Obama’s speechifying on the Middle East today reverse US Israelocentric oars? The US president may suggest that but the touts are giving wide odds that he will.
And finally, as a loyal Revisionist Zionist, Danon is calling for the immediate incorporation of the illegal occupied Jewish settlements into Israel as part and parcel of Israeli’s biblical irredentist claims to restore Samaria and Judea to the Jews. A romantic notion nonetheless, but one which sinks any viable Palestinian state or eradicates any acknowledgement of Palestinian legitimate claims for a state of their own.
Which makes the move to petition the UN by a united Palestinian Authority and Hamas, for ‘de jure’ and ‘de facto’ recognition of a Palestinian state.
And that recognition will give Israel and its pro consul protector the US more trouble than its worth, and will pour cold water on any warm words Obama may make on Arabs, Muslims, and making the Israeli lion lie down with the Palestinian ‘lambs’.

 
 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Israel get a jolt! The Naqba won’t be forgotten

 
Pictures on the front pages of world newspapers of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Syria jumping fences to enter Israel on Israel’s 63 anniversary [to the Palestinians this represents the Naqba’ the day of cataclysm on equal footing with Titus expulsion of the Jews], has to be a wake up call for the Likud led government that its policy to illegally grab Palestinian territory through settlements is doomed for failure. Netenyahu the prime minister has stalled too long for anything but a diplomatic defeat for the Zionist state in the up coming UN General Assembly which will formally recognise Palestine as a state. The US cannot do much about that unless Obama forces Netenyahu to cry Uncle! That seems unlikely.
Does not Israel see Palestinian refugees throwing bodies of theirs over barbed wired fences or the tightly controlled Palestinians under 44 years of Israel occupation of the West Bank who rose up in peaceful protest, an echo of the the Holocaust survivors braving the British occupation of Palestine?
Time is running out for the Zionist state and its leadership is absent of any ideas but stealing land.
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