NeedPeace by able2know.org
The Middle East is undergoing a rapid transformation as massive protests, some very violent, demand change, government by the people and an end to dictatorial power. But in the state of Israel nothing ever changes. Now, as the Arab Spring comes to the fore, Israel can't seem to face the reality of the situation.
But it's not only the Middle East that poses great problems for the future of Israel; it's the entire world community of nations. These nations have been witnessing Israel's oppression of Palestine and the people of the city of Gaza, and its belligerent actions against its neighboring countries, for decades. They have concluded that its government has no intention of changing its policies and tactics.
Israel is digging itself into a deep hole. In recent times it has managed to lose the few allies it once had, primarily Turkey and Egypt. Worse than that, it has lost the respect of the world. The only ally that Israel has left is the U.S. and, while that has benefited it greatly, that is not enough. Because of its severely damaged reputation in the world, a growing number of nations are boycotting imports from and exports to Israel, just as they did during the period of South Africa's system of apartheid.
There are more and more signs that the Israeli people are becoming more open to change, to adopt a less aggressive stance with their neighbors, and to enter into serious discussions over Palestinian independence and statehood. But that view is not shared by the stubborn Israeli government that continues to live in the past and refuses to give an inch on any issue that even slightly involves its security concerns.
This government uses belligerence rather than diplomacy, confrontations instead of negotiations, and maintains an attitude of "It's our way or no way." But that is no longer going to work in the new Middle East. The dictators are largely gone and the people have far more control and voice in government. When things are changing all around Israel and Israel refuses to change with the times, then its future promises to be dismal indeed.
America , this president, and the Congress are doing the people of Israel and Palestine both a great disservice by strongly backing the Israeli government's oppressive actions in Gaza and the non-stop building of settlements in Palestinian territory. By allowing this situation to fester they are, collectively, contributing to the misery of both the Palestinians, and the people of Israel who live in fear of rocket attacks.
The image at the top of this article says it best; the dark portion of the leftmost picture shows that the land was largely controlled by the Palestinians in 1946 before Israel became a state. Then you can see the changes and almost complete reversal that occurred over decades, to the point that Israel now controls almost all of the country. And as Mr. Netanyahu continues to build settlements and stall the peace process it becomes clear that Israel wants more territory yet; it wants it all.
A pariah can be described as a person or entity that is rejected, avoided, ostracized, and exiled; in other words one that has completely worn out its welcome. That is exactly what is happening to Israel, a position within the world community of nations that it has brought upon itself. Israel is painting itself into a corner and, unfortunately, it is taking America with it.
Israel and the U.S. are, once again, teaming up, this time to stifle the chances of statehood for Palestine in the UN. Of the 193 nations that are members of the UN, it is estimated that, if this issue were brought before the General Assembly for a vote, that 2/3 or even 75% of members would support it. It looks like it's the U.S. and Israel against the entire world and that could not be a more misguided strategy.
The main support Israel has had in the past has come from the U.S., Egypt and Turkey. However, in the past year, Israel has severely damaged its relations with the latter two very important Middle East nations. The brutal killings of Turkish citizens in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla by Israeli commandos, together with Israel's absolute refusal to issue an apology, has created a massive chasm between the two nations.
Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador recently and also announced that its warships will accompany any Turkish vessels going to Gaza; warships will also patrol Mediterranean Sea. Turkey and Egypt are establishing much closer relations and are planning joint military exercises. The Israeli embassy in Cairo, Egypt was attacked on September 9 and its ambassador and staff members had to flee back to Israel
These are very ominous events that do not bode well for Israel's future. What other nation now stands behind Israel and calls itself an ally? Only one, the United States, and that is not nearly enough for Israel to try to continue to be a major force in the Middle East. Israel is making enemies so fast it's hard to keep track.
When in the history of the world has a mega-powerful nation of 307 million people been so dominated by a tiny nation of less than 8 million? When in U.S. history has the Congress been so dominated and controlled by one small nation? That is amazing, actually astounding and the key question is: how has Israel been allowed to develop so much power over America? It's becoming quite clear that what Mr. Netanyahu wants, Mr. Netanyahu gets; and when he tells the American president to jump, our president says, "How high?"
And now after many decades of failed peace negotiations, these same three entities, Israel, Palestine and the U.S. are no closer to any resolution. I keep thinking to myself, "Haven't I seen this movie before?" In fact, I have and many, many times. But this time a new dimension, a new script has been added; Palestine has decided it has had enough of the charade and has now taken its request for statehood directly to the UN. President Abbas, in his speech before the assemblage made this very clear statement; "No one with a shred of conscience can reject our application " the time has come."
Palestinian President Abbas presented the UN with an official application for full membership on September 23 as the first step in gaining statehood. After Abbas gave an impassioned speech outlining the reasons for requesting membership, Mr. Netanyahu gave his counter speech in which he painted the nation of Israel as the champion of peace in the world and always ready to negotiate; the vast majority of the 193 members weren't buying into that total misrepresentation of reality.
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