Can we put an end to the Middle East peace talk charade? It is clear that the Israeli leadership does not want peace with the Palestinians; if anything they want them chased away like rats. The grand design of a ‘Greater Israel’ is foremost on their minds, the peace talks are simply a diversion, settlement building on the other hand must continue unabated, after all as the saying goes, possession is 9/10ths of the law and in this case they are fully in command of both possession and the law.
Of course the outward appearance of being an interested party to peace must be maintained and so with the tacit backing of the United States, this endless cycle of wink, nod and build more settlements continues.
A few complexities created new and unforeseen issues this year for Israel. Iran started talking about peace, throwing a monkey wrench in Netanyahu’s belligerent war plans. He was upset and had to be appeased. The only logical solution was to take it out on the Palestinians, more settlements this year.
The State of Israel also does not like to be compared to the former Apartheid State of South Africa and they especially abhor any comparisons to the Nazis, Essentially they don’t want a mirror to be held to their face, as the sight of the monster staring back at them would simply be too hard to digest.
The former Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters recently did just that, he compared Israelis to Nazis and was immediately accused of Anti-Semitism. His detailed interview laying out his logic was largely ignored.
Here are a couple of excerpts:
“The fact of the matter is no Israeli government has been serious about creating a Palestinian state since 1948. They’ve always had the Ben Gurion agenda of kicking all the Arabs out of the country and becoming greater Israel. They tell a lie as part of their propaganda machinery whilst doing the other thing but they have been doing it so obviously in the last 10 years . For instance, even after when Obama went to Cairo and made that speech about Arabs and the Israelis, everybody was like “Oh, this is a step in a new direction at least”. But as soon as he visited Israel, they said. “Oh by the way, we are building another 1200 settlements”. Exactly the same when Kerry went last year saying, “Oh I am going to try to get the sides together and talk peace”. Netanhayu said “F*** you. We are going to build another 1500 settlements and we a going to build them in E1, this is our plan.”
In his defense Waters said “I have nothing against Jews or Israelis, and I am not anti-Semitic. I deplore the policies of the Israeli government in the occupied territories and Gaza. They are immoral, inhuman and illegal. I will continue my non-violent protests as long as the government of Israel continues with these policies”.
To provide a more “unbiased” view we started searching for opinionswithin Israel and from people who would not be accused of Anti-Semitism. We stumbled upon Professor Lev Grinberg, A political Sociologist who wrote a piece in the Haaretz on Dec 15th 2013 arguing that the “Peace process Delusion is worse than Apartheid”. His piece was originally written in Hebrew and was converted to English and republished by the Tikkun Organization recently
Here’s an excerpt:
“The result of the ‘Peace Process’ delusion has been worse than South African apartheid; more accurately, it was the realization of South African Whites’ frustrated plans: the division and fragmentation of the Palestinians into several separate and segregated areas under various regimes of control and oppression. This was the objective of the failed Bantustan Plan of the South African apartheid regime”
Professor Lev argues that the South African anti-Apartheid movement which Nelson Mandela joined was an armed movement and it wasn’t until crippling sanctions brought South Africa to its knees, decades later; that the Apartheid government under De Klerk came to the negotiating table. He argues for similar sanctions against Israel. He also ends his piece with the following statement
It is important to understand that this is not about the Palestinians not having a Mandela to lead them; Israeli prisons are home to a number of nationally recognized and respected Palestinian leaders. Rather, it is about Israel having no de Klerk to liberate them, and to negotiate towards putting an end to a regime of Jewish privileges. And without de Klerk, even Mandela would have died in obscurity.
A ‘Boycott Israel’ movement has gained some momentum in academic circles but its effect on Netanyahu’s plans remains academic for now.
It is with this background that we present Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, the new Pharaoh of the Middle East the dubious distinction of being the worst person of the year for 2013.