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.
The failures that
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?
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
The use of the words "solution' and "conflict' in the
expression, "the only solution for the
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.
very essence of Zionism was to have a state where Jews would be masters of
their fate, preferably in all of
Note the clause, "preferably in all of
What mastery and what fate does
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