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The Israeli Design for the Palestinians

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The Israeli Design for the Palestinians

It is becoming clearer what the future Israeli plan for the Palestinians is. With the collusion of the United States the plan has two main components:

The first is to make the life of the Palestinians miserable enough that they will want to leave and immigrate elsewhere. This is already quite successful; the emigration from Palestine is reaching historic proportions. Jordan is the principal destination and is being facilitated by King Abdullah.

As part of this policy, Israeli soldiers are herding West Bank's Palestinians out of the rural 60% of the West Bank officially known as Area C. The Israeli army frequently designates patches of that land as live-fire military zones and expels most of its Palestinian residents who have no other place to go. Often, they force Palestinians to move because of supposed impending archaeological digs. The erection of hilltop stations to provide antennae for Israeli mobile phones (but not for Palestinian ones) is another oft-cited reason for pushing Palestinians out.

In many places, all the Arabic road signs are scratched out. The Israeli army has already redistributed around 70% of the supposedly Israeli State owned West Bank land either to Jewish settlers or to the World Zionist Organization. While Israel's government expands Jewish settlements and ties them to Israel proper with a network of "Jews-only' roads, it bars and sometimes reverses Palestinian development. It denies housing permits to Palestinians, thus stunting their community's natural growth. Water for the Palestinians is also restricted, being allowed once a week only by lorry.

Israeli soldiers have already destroyed scores of small EU-funded projects, ranging from wells to solar panels, and threaten to demolish scores more. According to the UN, so far this year, Israel's army has evicted almost 400 Palestinians from the West Bank and dismantled over 200 homes; the fastest rate in two years. In spite of protestations by the European Union to end forced transfer Palestinians out of area "C", the process continues unabated. 2,300 Bedouins have recently been earmarked for removal from the strategic west-east corridor known as E1, which links Jerusalem to big Jewish settlements.

To make life even more miserable for the Palestinians, the Israeli government has imposed a system that prevents free movement by Palestinians within their own territory and requires the Palestinians to apply for special Israeli permits.

The second component in this scheme is to secure an agreement with King Abdullah of Jordan to absorb more Palestinians in his kingdom. This may have already happened with the help of the United States. This achieves two objectives simultaneously: it places more Palestinians under the control of the king and increases the control of Israel over the future the Palestinians. King Abdullah has no choice but to accept. His kingdom relies, almost entirely on the charity of the West and particularly the United States. It has minimal other resources. He and his family before him have always served the interests of the West rather than those of the Palestinians or Arabs in general. After all, they owe their positions and power to the West. Winston Churchill created Transjordan on a paper napkin in the aftermath of World War-II and he appointed its king, the great grandfather of the present king. Transjordan's first king collaborated with the British to allow more Jews into Palestine. He hired a British general to run his army (armed with British weapons) and help maintain his reign. His grandfather was assassinated at the gate of the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The current king and his family continue to be widely despised and regarded in the Middle East as Arab traitors.

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The implementation of this new strategy is proceeding swiftly. Recently an Agreement was signed between Jordan and the Palestinian President Abbas to make Jordan the guardian of the Moslem Holy Places in Jerusalem. This action, while unrelated to present day events, prepares the way for Jordan to be the future Palestinian State. It complements the understanding detailed in Jordan's treaty with Israel in 1994. That treaty notes "Israel respects the present special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Muslim Holy shrines in Jerusalem. When negotiations on the permanent status will take place, Israel will give high priority to the Jordanian historic role in these shrines".  

American troops are now stationed in Jordan under the guise of helping coordinate the response to the Syrian crisis. In reality, the troops are there more to protect the king more than anything else.

Senior Jordanians have been recently quoted as declaring openly "there never was a place called Palestine. There is no such thing as Palestine, only Jordan". Such sentiments mark a sea change in the long-standing Jordanian deference to the Palestinian Authority on all matters relating to Palestine. On the Israeli side, "Palestine is Jordan" is the rallying cry of Israel's right wing, which is now in control in Israel.

In the environment presently prevailing in the aftermath of the "Arab Spring', no Arab or Moslem country, including Iran and Turkey, is willing or capable of foiling the Israeli/American plans. The self-immolation of Syria, the continuing Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the upheaval in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen "etc. has created an opportune time for the Israel and the US to execute their plan. The events in Syria pose an immediate challenge to Jordan; the king is relying on the support of the US and Israel to maintain control. Even, if he wanted to, he is in no position to object to the Israeli/American plan. This is undoubtedly at the heart of recent discussions during the King's frequent recent visits to Washington and the visits of Secretary Kerry to the Middle East.

It seems that the United States will never learn. One again, it is throwing its support behind another unpopular autocrat to serve its interests without considering what the Arabs need or want. Only Israel matters to Washington. As a result of these shortsighted strategies, Israel's future in the Middle East will be far less certain. The Arabs are there to stay. They have long memories, as would you. Imagine: What if someone evicted you from your house, moved into it themselves, and forced you to live in a tent in your own backyard? How long would it take you to forget?

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