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Israeli and Palestinian Flags
Palestinian and Israeli "negotiators" were at the U.S. State Department headquarters Monday and Tuesday supposedly to begin a new round of "peace talks".
Secretary of State John Kerry organized the talks that began on Monday. Aside from photo ops and procedural discussions, nothing of significance was accomplished. No surprise there.
According to polls, majorities of Palestinians as well as Israeli's believe nothing will come from the talks. Yesterday Kerry acknowledged the obvious saying, "There is no shortage of passionate skeptics". And why not John, such "skepticism" shouldn't be seen as anything surprising.
If takes a cold hard look at the conflict and why it hasn't been resolved all these years reveals it has little to do with the Palestinian side and everything to do with the Israeli's.
The Palestinians are occupied peoples living under the apartheid rule of the Israeli government which has never intended for peace talks with the Palestinians to succeed.
Why is this so? It is primarily connected to forces within the U.S. who give unwavering support to the Israeli government, firstly by the U.S. government and then the influence AIPAC (America Israel Public Affairs Committee) exerts over U.S. office holders, those in the Congress who genuflect their support of this Israeli right wing group each year at its annual convention. Significantly, AIPAC gets its deep pocketed pals to independently, (and not coming directly from AIPAC), to underwrite the electoral campaigns of these U.S. Congressional trolls thus making them beholden to whatever policies the Israeli government executes with impunity.
Then there's the fundamentalist Christian right in the U.S. that reflexively supports Israel believing Israel's rebirth in 1948 somehow signifies the Jews are "the favored people" and the sign forecasting the 2 nd coming of Christ.
Since Israel's success in the 1967 six day war where it conquered and subsequently occupied the West Bank, Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights, all its actions since have precluded any chance for negotiating peace bringing a two state solution creating a Palestinian state.
It would seem unnecessary at this late date to have to mention the main stumbling blocks in this 46 year old saga, (since 1967) but again all resistance to an agreement rests solely with policies and actions executed by the Israeli's with the unwavering support of the U.S.
Most people are aware of the settlement program Israel initiated after the 67' war in the West Bank (as well as in Gaza before it unilaterally closed down all settlements in that Palestinian enclave). Yet many may not know that there are now over 400,000 Israeli's (mostly Orthodox Jews who hate the Palestinians and believe they are squatters on land given to the Jews some 3500 years ago) in settlements throughout the West Bank, which are still expanding.
Not only are Palestinian families living on land they have owned for generations forcibly evicted and their homes bulldozed but their livelihoods decimated with the destruction of mature olive groves and grape orchards which are a main source of income.
Then there's the open air prison that is Gaza, the Israeli embargo of goods entering and leaving, Israel's blockade restricting shipping from entering the port as well as limiting Gaza fishermen from trolling in seas much beyond the Gaza coast. And with Hamas being the political entity governing Gaza since it was elected over Fatah in 2006 but subsequently branded as terrorists and completely removed from the negotiating process with Israel since that time, (yet controlling territory [Gaza] that would be part of any new Palestinian state), any "final" settlement with Israel would be doomed without their participation in the process, (and notably excluded in the current "negotiations" in Washington).
Let's not leave out the Israeli takeover of Jerusalem, making it the Israeli capitol and thus placing severe restrictions on Muslims in Islam's 2 nd most holy city next to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Lastly the "right of return", a severe sticking point for Palestinians, whereby those Palestinian's who had their homes and lands confiscated as part of the U.N's establishment of Israel in 1948, be allowed to return to the property they or their forebears left or be compensated if they are unable to return or if return is not feasible.
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