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Deaths of the "no-state" Palestinians are Proportional to Life of the Two State Solution.

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Palestinian Plaque by Dan Lieberman
It is perilous and unbecoming to argue with and contradict the icons of our global society. Those who struggle courageously for the rights of others and speak eloquently with word and deed against war and tyranny deserve praise and comfort. They are beautiful people.

Uri Avnery, journalist, soldier, politician, Knesset member, peace activist, writer, wordsmith, master of the quip and Zionist is one of the nobles who warrant special consideration. Being human, Avnery can be faulted, and his fault is a rigid attachment to Zionism, which strays his thoughts from lofty objectives and guides him to instruct others toward confusion -- Isms and harmony don't go together; Zionism and peaceful relations are separated phenomena.

The failures that Uri Avnery commits in proposing what he calls "the only solution to the Middle East conflict" are similar to those from other individuals and organizations whose thinking is misdirected due to a conviction that the solution must consider Zionism and Zionism leads the solution. His article, The Donkey of the Messiah, published on May 11, 2013, and circulated throughout the Internet, solicits examination and rebuttal, and for more reason than because his arguments don't add up to his conclusions; the positions reflect a perspective from a broad spectrum of   peace thinkers, peace movements, and peace institutions whose thoughts and actions have been salutary but have failed to steer the Middle East crisis to a proper course. Confined outlooks have only reinforced Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands, perpetuated oppression of the Palestinian people and threatened the existence of the Jewish community. Spurious strategies that continually lead to cataclysm deserve careful evaluation.

The journalist turned politician turned peace activist starts his article with:

"THE TWO-STATE solution is dead!" This mantra has been repeated so often lately, by so many authoritative commentators, that it must be true.

 

Well, it ain"t.

Did not the 1947 United Nations (UN) Partition Plan, Resolution 181, establish a two-state solution for solving the bitter conflict between Zionist settlers and native Palestinians? What happened with that two-state solution? It resulted in decades of turmoil, wars, deaths, injuries, displaced persons and magnitudes more acrimony than existed before Resolution 181. Why would a new partition plan be different? True that the next two-state solution will consider the realities of the situation and be engineered by the involved parties, but by what parties and toward what two states?

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Avnery is not talking THE TWO STATES; he is talking A TWO STATES. The displaced Palestinians, who considered that a non-elected agency had no legal right to partition their lands and award parts of them to foreigners, would probably be glad to restore the original Partition plan into THE TWO STATES. The jury is still out on who was responsible for rejection of the Partition Plan -- was it confused Palestinians who had no central leadership or the unified Israelis, who formed a government without any Arabs, although their territory contained a 40 percent Arab population, and then proceeded to systematically threaten the Arab populations who did not leave?

It is doubtful that the mass of displaced Palestinians, seated in the West Bank and Gaza, and scattered throughout the world, consider themselves well represented, and approve foreigners still making plans for validating the usurpation of their lands and providing them with a new state. Do the two-staters place the needs of the Palestinians before the wants of the Israelis and do they recommend a viable Palestinian nation on land that can provide sufficient agriculture to feed the population, sufficient water to satisfy their thirst and sufficient area to house those hoping to return to ancestral homes, or are they only legitimizing Israel's illegal land gains, illegal seizure of Palestinian bank accounts and property and illegal ethnic cleansing? Do they expect that international agencies will maintain the new state, as it does now? Do they propose a real state or only real estate, which is a huge encampment with the trappings of a state?

The use of the words "solution' and "conflict' in the expression, "the only solution for the Middle East conflict" betrays the thinking behind the two-state "solution."

The argument between the Palestinians and Israelis is not a conflict; it is a crisis -- a singular crisis in which the Palestinian people suffer displacement, oppression and degradation. It is this crisis that needs a resolution, rather than a solution. Solution satisfies the Israelis -- a method to separate themselves from   the pesky Palestinians in their midst and   purify their tribe.

The very essence of Zionism was to have a state where Jews would be masters of their fate, preferably in all of Palestine .

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Note the clause, "preferably in all of Palestine." Is that slip of the pen, or does it show the Zionists' true intentions, since Day One?

What mastery and what fate does Avery have in mind? Do Jewish families have different inclinations, different pursuits, different hopes than other people? How do millions of people get together and master their fate without becoming robotic responders to a totalitarian system and by surrendering their personal fates. This proposition reinforces the concept that Jews are an international conspiracy, who are contemptuous of others and perceive themselves as being uniquely solidified and possessing superior goals.

Has Zionism given Jews a state where they are   masters of their fate?
All Israeli Jews have been forced to disregard their past cultures and historical identities, conform to a new culture and establish a new identity -- badgered into discarding previous languages, literature, music and religious litany. The Israeli Jews don't decide their fate but serve masters of a problematic fate -- continually governed by a collection of nationalist militarists, Ariel Sharon, Bib Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, to name a few -   behaving as one involuntary organism, serving most of a lifetime in the military reserves, being killed and killing in continuous wars, and seeing themselves pushed around by an orthodox assembly who feeds from their earnings. Not wanting to be bothered by the orthodox ruffians, most Israelis refuse to visit Jerusalem. Nowhere in the world are Jews more compartmentalized, more dominated by a government, more insecure, and less "masters of their fate."

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