No Relief for Palestine in New Year
Israel terrorizes Palestine.
by Stephen Lendman
Gaza remains isolated under siege. No relief in sight looms. Occupation harshness is policy. Peace is a four-letter word.
Dominant Israeli hardliners scorn it. So does Washington. Violence and instability advance their agenda. Conflict will continue in 2013. So will Palestinian suffering.
Settlement construction continues unabated. Netanyahu wants it accelerated. He wants all valued parts of Judea and Samaria under Israeli control. Jerusalem is Israel's exclusive capital, he insists.
His notion of Palestinian self-determination is none at all. Rhetorically he claims otherwise. On January 1, Israel National News headlined "Netanyahu Stands behind 'Palestinian State' Vision."
Palestine, of course, achieved statehood in November 1988. Netanyahu has his own vision. It's conditional on "a public, binding and unequivocal Palestinian recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people."
He insists Palestinians must recognize Jerusalem as Israel's exclusive capital. Behave like good little boys and girls, he insists. Obey your Israeli master.
Only Jews have rights. Do what we say or else is policy. Mahmoud Abbas is enforcer. He's well compensated for services rendered. They'll be no third Intifada as long as he's president, he says.
He scorns resistance. He deplores liberation. He supports surrendering most of Palestine to Israel.
Marwan Barghouti is a legitimate Palestinian leader. He's Palestine's most popular one. He's a prisoner of conscience. He was incarcerated on fraudulent charges.
If allowed to run for president, he'd win overwhelmingly. Imprisoning him for life prevents it. On December 26, he was interviewed . Israel's Channel 10 did so for the first time.
He warned that if occupation continues, a third Intifada looms. It'll be a popular, nonviolent one, he said. If he was Palestine's president, he'd support it.
He called Abbas a "comfortable" Israeli partner. He said Israel spurns peace. He believes resistance is essential. Change won't come any other way.