The latest round of Palestine peace talks began in Washington on 30 July 2013 and the world is duped yet again. Zionist objectives have always been to establish Eretz Israel, all of Palestine. It’s in the Likud charter, but it’s a goal they cannot achieve peacefully. Peace would mean recognition of some form of Palestinian State, against which Israel fought so ferociously at the United Nations. Peace would mean recognition of Palestinian rights, so scorned by Israel in the past. Peace would halt Israel’s unremitting confiscations of Palestinian land and jeopardise the final expansion into Eretz Israel. Living without peace has always been Israel’s strategy to maximise the benefits of conquest while minimising the obligations of formal annexation. So Israel has no interest in meaningful peace efforts, as it mounts ever-greater obstacles to a reasonable resolution. On 4 August the Israeli Government increased subsidies to West Bank settlements. On 8 August they announced a thousand new apartments in the West Bank. On 11 August they announced 1187 new apartments in the West Bank and 800 in East Jerusalem. On 13 August a further 900 new apartments in East Jerusalem. As if this bullying show of strength was not enough, John Kerry appointed Martin Indyk to oversee the talks. Martin Indyk founded the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, described by respected academics Mearsheimer and Walt as “funded and run by individuals who are deeply committed to advancing Israel’s agenda”. So much for negotiating in good faith.
But the sham talks go on and the treacherous pretence continues. The real question is why the Palestinians or anyone else would attend such a bizarre, one-sided sham.
Israel is there because:
- Israel can present itself as the innocent, peace-loving victim, always willing to meet intransigent opponents.
- Israel’s involvement in numerous peace talks is precisely what is providing camouflage for the occupation and the break-up of Palestinian territory.
- Each round of peace talks sets a new base-line for Israel’s position. New settlements become “established” as they create “facts on the ground”. The US colludes in this by declaring settlement building an illegal activity, then doing absolutely nothing to prevent construction. After they are built the US switches position and describes settlements as something to be decided between the parties.
- The United States asked them to attend.
The Palestinians are there because:
- They must be seen to be willing to talk.
- They have little hope for anything better.
- The Palestinian Authority is seeking to establish itself as the representative of all Palestinian people.
- The US nominated the Palestinian Authority to represent all Palestinians, but it does not. Decades of Zionist land expropriations and expulsions have separated Palestinians into four groups – those in Israel (1.6 million); those in Gaza (1.3 million); those in the West Bank (2.1 million); and those in the Palestinian diaspora (5.0 million). The PA officially represents only one of these groups, so Israel claims they cannot find a deserving peace partner.
The Americans are there because:
- As Israel’s sponsor they have to be seen to be doing something.
- The Zionist lobby dominates and instructs American Middle-East policy. After former World Bank chief James Wolfensohn brokered an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2005, he was appalled to see it systematically undermined and “every aspect of that agreement abrogated” by powerful forces in the US Administration and Israel.
- The United States wants to recover some of its shattered reputation in the Middle East and wider world.
I have been around long enough remember the history of Israel, and it has been sad for me to watch what was once thought to be a haven for the Jewish people turn into a totalitarian monster. Again, I am sad to realize that the US is still complicit. – Gene Schulman