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The Killers of Peace

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By Nicola Nasser*

 

The Israeli Jewish settlers of the Palestinian territory, which was occupied by Israel in 1967, are dictating unilaterally the demarcation of the borders with any future Palestinian state, thus rendering its creation impossible; holding the Israeli decision-making process hostage, they have become the real killers of peace, who brought the twenty --year old Palestinian -- Israeli peace process to its current stalemate.

 

As early as the summer of 1995, the Iraqi born Israeli -- British "new historian" Avi Shlaim wrote in the Journal of Palestine Studies: "The settlers now are the ones who determine Israel's internal political agenda."

 

Their numbers then were in the tens of thousands; now there are three quarters of a million settlers. The Head of the "Samaria Regional Council" of the Israeli illegal settlements in the Israeli -- occupied Palestinian West Bank (WB) of River Jordan, Gershon Mesika, on this August 6 boasted there will be one million settlers there "in just three years time," telling "Arutz Sheva" online that "the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria (i.e. the Palestinian WB) has passed the point of no return."

 

Writing in the "National Interest" on September 6, 2012, the President of the U.S./Middle East Project, Henry Siegman, agreed that "Israel's colonial" settlement project has achieved its intended irreversibility, not only because of its breadth and depth but also because of the political clout of the settlers and their supporters within Israel ."

 

When Benjamin Netanyahu assumed his second term as prime minister, with the settler Avigdor Lieberman as his foreign minister, the German Suddeutsche Zeitung , quoted by Spiegel on March 17, 2009, wrote: " He and Lieberman are the gravediggers of the Middle East peace process. They want to maintain the occupation and expand the settlements."

 

The electoral campaign of Netanyahu for his first term in 1995 was blamed by Israeli media for creating the right environment which led to the assassination of the "father' of the first Oslo accord for peace with Palestinians in 1993; ever since the "peace process" has been deadlocked.

 

The incumbent government of Netanyahu's third premiership is now described as the "settlers' government" or "a settler --friendly government," the survival of which is secured by a Knesset led by Speaker Yuli Edelstein, himself an illegal settler of the Neve Daniel colony in the WB, who called recently for the annexation of two thirds of the WB area.

 

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*Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist in Kuwait, Jordan, UAE and Palestine. He is based in Ramallah, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.
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