Thursday, March 19, 2015

The End Of The "Two State Solution"?

During the just completed Israeli election's last days as Benjamin Netanyahu desperately sought votes he made some racist comments about Palestinians and announced he would never agree to a "two state solution."

Israel has always used the cover of negotiations with the Palestinians for the creation of a Palestinian state as cover to announce more settlement building and thus steal more Palestinian land. Some commentators are saying Benjamin's come from behind win may have a good side, including unmasking the fiction -- perpetuated for years by Israel and the US -- that Israel was ever serious about negotiating for a "two-state" solution to the Palestinian question.

This section from an article in Mint Press News summarizes some of the commentary going around:

As veteran independent journalist Robert Parry explains the dynamic, Netanyahu’s latest maneuvers have done the important job of “unmasking” the deceit of Israel’s position on the so-called “Peace Process”—birthed by the Oslo Accords in 1993—which has held the two-state solution as its perpetual and unattainable prize. According to Parry:

The truth is that the two-state solution has been a fiction for at least the past two decades, dying in 1995 with the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. But the two-state illusion still served important political purposes both for Israelis, who would pay it lip service while continuing their steady encroachment on Palestinian lands, and for U.S. politicians who could point to the mirage as an excuse not to pressure Israel too hard on its human rights violations.
Yet, whenever any U.S. official actually tried to reach that shimmering oasis of a two-state solution, it would recede into the distance. Then, the Israelis would rely on their friends and allies in the news media and politics to blame the Palestinians. Now, however, the illusion of Israel seeking such an outcome in good faith has been lost in Netanyahu’s anything-goes determination to keep his office – a case of political expediency trumping strategic expediency.
Writing at Mondoweiss, Avigail Abarbanel, an Israeli-born activist and author living abroad, expressed a response similar to Munayyer’s regarding Netanyahu’s reelection. “So he won and I have to say I am relieved,” Abarbanel explained. “There wll be no more endless cycles of pointless ‘negotiations’ with Israel pretending that some day it will agree to a two-state solution while continually escalating both settlement (colony) building and the maltreament of the Palestinians. Now everyone will see that the Palestinians were right all along and that Israel has never been a partner for negotiations.”

Some supporters of Palestine also point to the strained relations between Israel and the Obama Administration as a sign of hope.

President Obama and most people in the Washington establishment are aware that the goal of Zionism, sometimes but most often not uttered aloud, has always been to drive the Arab inhabitants of historic Palestine from all their land and went along with the fiction of negotiations for a variety of reasons, the most important being the influence of the Israeli Lobby in US elections, and Israel's role as a friendly colonial outpost in the Middle East.

There is a solution to the problems of Israel that is sometimes offered up by idealists like Ali Abunima, editor of the Electronic Intifada online news magazine -- a one state solution, a single, democratic country where Jews and Arabs, including those Arabs driven from Palestine in 1948 and their descendants, are equal citizens.

But Israel and the Zionist project still have many enablers in the US, such as members of New Mexico's federal legislative delegation Michelle Grisham, Ben Lujan, Tom Udall and Steve Pearce, who demonstrated their subservience to the Israeli Lobby by attending Netanahu's speech before a joint session of congress last month, Grisham with a local rabbi in tow.

These people must be pressured to do the right thing and stop giving the Zionist project of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine their unconditional support, and people like Senator Martin Heinrich who have shown signs of doing so must be supported when they do, and be encouraged to be open and unambiguous in their support for justice in Palestine.


  1. I agree that the two state solution has been a farce for a long time. This brings up the question of what the Israelis really want and how they plan to do that? Removal of the Palestinians seems like it will not work, too much resistance from them. Incorporating the Palestinians is a no go for Israelis, they would soon be the minority, again, in the area. Bombing them and keeping them in the stone age is a tactic for the present, but not a long term solution for the Israeli plan, whatever that plan is.

    The idea of incorporation and somehow keeping Palestinians, or non Jews, in the minority seems to be what they are thinking of. This would keep Jewish religious divisions under wraps and their ire focused, not on each other, but on the Moslems. It would continue to focus the hatreds in the area where the inhabitants, both sides, have grown used to.

    The idea by the Europeans and the USA to establish a non Arab state is the problem. The deed is done, maintaining it is the problem. We, the USA and western Europe, are still tasked with supporting Israel economically and supplying the weapons and technology of war for their efforts to displace the Arab population that will not bend to the Israeli will.

    And the West does not seem to understand, or be willing to face the fact, that this is one of the major problems with the hatred displayed by Moslems towards "Christians".

    And just one of the major problems, one other problem, aside from this article, is the USA meddling and getting involved in a religious war between Moslems sects.

  2. Great comment, NM. That puts the whole thing in the proper context. Thank you.

    I was thinking last night about the other problem you bring up. In a short period of time the US has destroyed half the Middle East and killed many thousands of people there, and extremism there has exploded as a direct result, I think.

  3. Another question that begs an answer is what is the cost per acre of this conflict to the American taxpayer. Israel is in all reality quite small, 8,019 Sq. miles as compared to 121,589 Sq. miles for New Mexico, check Wikipedia for confirmation as to size and the foreign aid.

    Also from Wikipedia comes:

    "The main expression of Congressional support for Israel has been foreign aid. Since 1985, it has provided nearly $3 billion in grants annually to Israel, with Israel being the largest annual recipient of American aid from 1976 to 2004 and the largest cumulative recipient of aid ($121 billion, not inflation-adjusted) since World War II. Seventy-four percent of these funds must be spent purchasing US goods and services. More recently, in fiscal year 2014, the US provided $3.6 billion in foreign military aid to Israel. Israel also benefits from about $8 billion of loan guarantees."

    Sooooo here is what my New Mexican education, also paid for by American taxpayers tells me;

    640 acres per Sq. Mi. X 8,019 Sq. Mi. = 5,321,160 acres in all of Israel, 5,321,160 acres divided by the foreign aid since WWII $121,000,000,000.00 (not adjusted for inflation) = $22,738.40 per acre. And that figure is not adjusted for inflation..... Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  4. It also appears to me that Israel's actions, as related to Palestinians and Arabs, has some resemblance to the actions the United Stated used against the American Indians during the expansion of the republic starting with the Thomas Jefferson era and maybe before.

    That policy being to harass them, kill them, move them, make promises, harass them some more, kill them again, move them again make more promises and then do it again, and again.

    You get the picture. Eventually they will succumb and then put them on a reservation and call it for their own good. This model has worked before to great advantage. The final action, the cap on the situation, the icing on the cake is to write the history using your own narrative, create heroes for the masses.

    Anyway, enough of my rants, but you started it. Adios for today.

  5. What a historical conundrum & tragedy...:(

    What a never ending conundrum & TRAGEDY.