So much for this round of “peace talks”…
September 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
A new gem from Israel’s idiot foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman…
There is no point, he says, in any manner of peace talks between Israel & the PA, (however staged) or in Israel giving any “concessions” (however negligible – obviously “concessions” also include terrible things like Israel NOT continuing to appropriate more Palestinian land for settlements…) to the Palestinians because:
“It must be understood that signing a comprehensive agreement in which both sides agree to end the conflict and end all of their claims and recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is a goal that is not achievable in the next year or in the next generation, so any historic compromises or painful concessions won’t help,”
The statement, like the Balfour Declaration, seems somewhat confusing, if not contradictory. He says “both sides” must “end all their claims” – followed by “and recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people”. Pause. Re-read. It still says that. And it still makes no bloody sense. But then, of course, you remember that this is the Lieberman who advocates “re-drawing” the Green Line to include large Jewish settlements in the West Bank. He’s not really talking about both sides saying they actually don’t want anything that they’ve been demanding for at least 44 years any more. That would mean that, at the very very least:
1) Israel would stop building its horrible 25 foot tall concrete monstrosity of a wall, stealing land and resources and separating families
2) Israel would stop building illegal settlements all over the West Bank on the Palestinian side of the ’67 Green Line
3) Israel would start to recognise international law, UN Security Council resolutions and the general will of the international community.
But no. Of course he doesn’t mean that Israel should do any of this. What he really means is the PALESTINIANS should “end all of their claims” – their right of return to their homeland, their right to control their own resources, their right to a state. The reference to “both sides” must have been a slip of the tongue.
In fact, he’s basically saying that Palestinians should simply agree to all of Israel’s “claims”. And, in order to be able to do this, they should also “accept” that their entire claim to Palestine as their homeland, as the country where their grandparents were born, where generations of their families lived before 1948, is completely illegitimate and they should just give up. Never mind if you still have the key to your home in your pocket. Someone changed the locks. Go away. Accept that Israel is “the nation-state of the Jewish people”. In other words, accept that you never had any right to be here.
So, the conditions for a peace agreement in Avigdor Lieberman’s mind would be what? The entire Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza saying “oh, you know what, I give up. I’m leaving. You can have my country, my land, my home. I’ll just go look for somewhere else”? All the Palestinian refugees in camps across the Middle East deciding they’d rather just stay in the camps and forget about home?
Of course such an agreement is impossible. So it should be. You don’t spend decades fighting for your rights only to just give them up. It is sickeningly hypocritical that our “leaders” continue to give bigots like Lieberman credence and refuse to even open dialogue with Hamas – at least Hamas are actually willing to accept a state within the ’67 borders!
In the meantime, I am encouraged that the civil movement for boycott & divestment continues to grow – the psychological and economic impact is beginning to show. It’s all about slowly raising the pressure… 🙂