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Jun 26, 2010

Israel Un-Interestedness in the Peace Process

During the past year, President Obama has been trying to start peace discussions between Israelis and Palestinians with the hope that it will lead to a solution of the conflict. Two high-ranking American officials, Vice President Joe Biden and ex-Senator George Mitchell, have travelled to Israel to assure the Israelis of US support and encourage them to start peace dialogues. Each time, Israeli politicians maneuvered in calculated ways to announce a political plan that dampened the importance of the visit and embarrassed the American visitors. The following reflects examples of Israel's political behavior:

1) The expelling of Palestinians from their homes in the neighborhood of Shaick Jarah in Jerusalem. Homes were demolished to build apartments for the Jewish settlers.
2) The announcement of building 1600 housing units in East Jerusalem for Jewish settlers.
3) The demolition of more than 20 Palestinian homes in Silwan, which is supposed to be the future capital site for Palestine. This site will be converted into a public archaeological site. It is located near al-Aksa mosque,beyond the Jerusalem Wall.
4) The Israeli government announcing the demolition of 88 structures in Silwan that are to be replaced by a proposed park and a new Jewish residential neighborhood.
5) The Israeli government withdrawing the personal identity of four Palestinians who are residents of Jerusalem and were elected to the Palestinian Parliament four years ago. The four are to be deported from Jerusalem.

All such acts did not occur accidentally, but were part of a calculated strategy to discourage President Obama's plan to bring peace into the Middle East region.

The demolitions of Palestinian homes and ethnic cleansing have been part of the Israeli Zionist strategy since the creation of the Jewish state in 1948. The Israeli Prime Minister Ben Gurion ordered the demolition of more than 500 Palestinian villages in Israel after a terrorist campaign that led people to flee their homes. This policy was done so that no refugees would return. This is an act of ethnic cleansing, which has been going on for more than 60 years. A topic dealt with by Ilan Pappe, an Israeli historian, in his book: Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians.

In previous posts I have stated that at the end, when Israel has annexed all the land they want, they will have no choice but to incorporate the people of the West Bank and Gaza into the state of Israel. It is interesting to read an article written in the Economist (June 19,2010) where the speakers of the Israeli parliament, Mr. Reuven Rivlin was quoted as arguing “for a greater Israel that would embrace the whole of Palestine, with the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza given full citizenship in Israel." He continued to say that the "Israeli Arab are our only bridge to peaceful coexistence and we are failing to maintain it.”

In the same article, another known scholar, Professor Mordechal Kremnitzer, the President of the Israeli Democracy Institute, a think tank, said "for two generations, we have denied the people across the green line their democratic rights…. That must impact our society's democratic ethos. Those who are ashamed find rationalizations: ‘We have no choice,’ they say. Or they cite 'security considerations' or explain the ‘uniqueness’ of our conflict with the Arabs. But many others are not even ashamed..."

There are more Israeli authors and scholars who have written about Israeli’s suppression and inhumane treatment of the Palestinians. Meanwhile Israeli politicians constantly practice a method of semantic terrorism by using terms such as ‘anti-Semitism’ and ‘Holocaust,’ to intimidate and silence those who oppose their policy in the occupied land. This Zionist method of deception is reaching a dead end.

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