The Israelis have
long gone past the point of making a peace deal, or sharing a land with the
Palestinians. By their conduct they have forfeited all and any rights they
might have had, even by their own warped codes.
Scholar Avi Shlaim says in his
with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, that Israel is committing "State
Gaza, preventing peace.
Avi Shlaim makes
excellent points, but he neglects to mention that Israel and its US lobbies
(through money and media) have an absolute lock on this, and all other Middle
East, issues. Anything Obama did with Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iran that is
not in accordance with the neo-Zionist interests, would be a political kiss of
death for him. AIPAC & company would go all out to ruin him, and they would
That is why Obama
and all other presidential contenders make pilgrimages to Jerusalem, to pledge
their fealty to the State of Israel
To commence talks
with Hamas is essential as former US President James Earl Carter advocates, but:
must be more than a monologue. They must also involve listening to, hearing
and understanding what Hamas has to say.
not be based on the premise that Hamas is a "Terrorist" organization which
has stolen Gaza from the Fatah, but that Hamas, like it or not, was elected
to office in an election promoted and monitored by the United States, and
has a legitimate claim to be the government of Palestine.
I doubt that
Israel will accept the second condition under any terms, unless they abandon the
strategy they have followed for sixty years ever since they were given the
stolen goods called Palestine.
It is not
consistent with total political Israeli dominance in the territory. In other
and "dialogue for
does not exist in the Israeli diplomatic lexicon. "Dictation" is the only
term they know and will settle for.
The US monologue
with Hamas will open with "lay down your arms, desist of your terrorist
activities, and stop rocketing Israel and we will tell Israel to stop bombing
you." Of course, Hamas, having been led, and having seen the PLO being led down
that blind alley and after being mugged every evening for sixty years now, is
not going to accept that, any more readily than Israel is going to accept Hamas
as a legitimate negotiator.
insist that Hamas disarm, and will refuse to disarm themselves under the right
of self-defense, to which they will claim Hamas and Palestine have no claim or
need, since Israel will be their guarantor of Peace.
Like I said,
Palestinians have been mugged on this alley before.
So, we may have
another truce, which will be called a successful Obama/Clinton Peace victory,
and it will last about as long as the others.
When you look at
your chess board and see that you are the only one with the Royal pieces, and
all the other guy has are pawns, you do not negotiate the game with him, except
to offer him a chance to concede unconditionally! You just take his pawns.
A Muslim reader
writes to me, "I am Member of many progressive organizations in US; one of them
which is a Jewish organization. There was a piece in 60 minutes about the Jewish
settlements in the occupied Palestine and the following is the reaction to the
reaction of fundamentalist Jews in the US to that broadcast:
When 60 Minutes
and Bob Simon came under attack for "anti-Israel bias" for their powerful and
thoughtful report on the danger that Israeli settlements pose to the chances for
a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we leapt into action.
collected over 15,000 letters of support for 60 Minutes.
Last week, I went
with two J Street supporters to bring your letters of support to the CBS offices
in New York City and took a few pictures.
Click here to view a slideshow of pictures from our letter delivery.
I've also pasted
three moving letters to Bob Simon from J Street members at the bottom of this
email. I hope you'll take a look.
Thanks again for
participating in our action alert - and I'll be in touch soon with ways you can
advocate for a pro-Israel, pro-peace direction for American foreign policy in
the Middle East.
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I could not help
noticing that the bottom line for every one of the commentators in the Letters
is a pro-Israel, pro-American peace, and for many, a two-state solution.
willingness to "settle" by giving back less than half of what they have stolen
is a good tactic, which appears to give them the moral high ground of
benevolence, but one is not being benevolent when they only return less than
half of what they stole.
What exactly do
any of them mean by a "pro-Israel, pro-American solution?" How can a pro-Israel
solution also be a pro-Palestine solution? This is not equity!
This may or may
not be what the neo-Zionists who are driving the Israeli bus are aiming for, but
it is also not a very equitable solution for Palestinians, who deserve to have
more than just bits and parts of what is left of their country, if not the
entire country, and who deserve peace in their own land on their own terms, not
a pro-Israeli peace, but a pro-Palestinian peace.
And who says a
pro-Israel Peace is necessarily a pro-American Peace? Nor should a Pro-American
peace necessarily include a Pro-Israeli peace. I say cut them loose and let
them fend for themselves. They would soon find enough inspiration to make a
These are the
kind of people who Karin Friedemann (The Emotional Violence of Jewish Advocacy)
says she talks about, but never to, for it is impossible to reason with them
Israel kills and
smashes and the world appeals for funds to re-build? This senseless charade
has been going on for decades. It is a farce!
I hear none of
them vociferously and totally repudiating Israel, Zionism, and world Jewry for
what they have done, as Judith Wiessman has given some pretty powerful testimony
below. Weisman is a Toronto psychotherapist, a member of
Independent Jewish Voices, and a founding member of Not In Our Name, Jews for a
Just Peace and the Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation (of
and some even
more powerful poetry, built on some very hard truths about Zionism and Israel
and as Michael Neumann has, totally condemning them said: "In the end, you
will give the Palestinians some scrap of a state. You will never pay for your
crimes and you will continue to preen yourself, to bask in your illusions of
moral ascendancy. But between now and the end, you will kill and kill and kill,
gaining nothing by your spoilt-brat brutality?"
writers and Middle Eastern brothers and sisters out there who think they are
discovering and dealing with important and seminal issues, I suggest they stop
wasting their time slapping plasters on all the cuts and bruises, and focus on
identifying the disease and prescribing a treatment, i.e. Israel and the
neutralization of Zionism, of which AIPAC and all of this fallout in the US
and the world are just the incapacitating and debilitating symptoms.
Band-Aids do not
cure cancer. To expect otherwise is foolish idealism! Only radical surgery can
have any effect on the situation. The patient sometimes dies of the surgery!
Just a cursory
review of the topics they offer looks like they are too busy treating the
symptoms and debilities of the disease to identify, diagnose and prescribe for
the disease itself.
To wit; They
spend a lot of space describing economic, political, national and international
issues, legislation, regulation, "Obama says...." and "he says," "she says,"
"they say...." things, and I see no mention at all of the what and why behind
all of these ailments, which is the Israeli-Jewish-American lobby of 100,000
members and its influence, which runs America, and which directly and
deliberately has created all of this hullabaloo.
Mahathir correctly invoked
"look to the Jew for organization and unity," but people refuse to listen, and
instead go for the distortion and misrepresentation of his words that the
massive media present. I think his words were quite complimentary of the Jews
and their Unity, but, politics, spin politicians and their tame
and house-broken media being what they are, I am not surprised to see them twist
his words and turn them against him.
Here is an index
of Israeli businesses being sold on Amazon. Obviously not to be used for the
purpose of boycotts, which is illegal in America? See the following
But, it would be nice to have a list of Israeli businesses anyway, simply so
you know where to buy so that you didn't inadvertently break any US Laws by
not buying Israeli goods: (see
"Non-Violent" Protest, such as this, if observed even for a single day, would
be more effective than Hamas lobbying rockets over the Wall protesting Israel's
In the meanwhile,
rather than waste my time like a novice rabbi fighting brush fires in the Sinai
desert, I shall go off and seek God or try to find out the why instead of trying
to change the what of life.
Better to find
and shoot the arsonists than to spend the rest of the day fighting fires which
they will only relight elsewhere and elsewhen.
About the author:
Debbie Menon is an independent writer
based in Dubai. She can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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