The game must go on. John Kerry performs his negotiator role. Benjamin Netanyahu goes through his role as the leader of an "endangered" state.
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Mahmoud Abbas? Well, he (above) is just sitting by at the peace table, with future diplomacy on his mind.
Trouble is, not even a hard-working John Kerry can resuscitate that which has not been suscitated in the first place
Yes, that is exactly the word we need here. Less than a month away from Kerry's deadline for Israel and Palestine to agree on a framework to continue the current round of talks.
The Alpha Dictionary explains why:
"This word [suscitate] is not obsolete, just left behind in the dust of progress. ... Before you can resuscitate something, it should have originally been suscitated, [as in] 'How do you suscitate curiosity in your students?'"
Has there been a single Israeli prime minister who has ever been serious about giving Palestinians a viable state of their own? Of course not. A colonial power does not give political power back to the people whose land it has stolen by force and by guile.
Unless that is, you are the white minority of South Africa which lacked the one thing it needed to continue to control the indigenous population which it had pushed into bantustans: A well-funded Lobby which owned the U.S. Congress.
How strong is the Israel Lobby? The Congress demonstrates its power when it cheers Netanyahu each time he shows up to ply his wares.
The Israel Lobby has such power that it even reaches into U.S. religious bodies when they debate resolutions critical of Israel.
Two of those religious denominations -- The United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church USA -- will bring up new resolutions against the occupation when they gather for national meetings this summer.
The Israel Lobby will set up shop around and inside the two church assembly halls. They will not be discussing religious matters.
The modern state of Israel, created in 1948 at considerable cost to the Palestinian people, has never wanted to "suscitate" a peace process.
Every Israeli prime minister who agreed to "peace talks" did so because it was a handy place to nestle down and pretend peace while he or she swallowed up more Palestine land and stepped up Palestinian oppression.
Why else in this current round of "talks" would Netanyahu toss in two new demands, knowing they were deal-breakers?
"Recognize us as a Jewish state" and "give us the Jordan Valley to save us from marauding Arab armies" sounds suspiciously like a two-part package dreamed up by Madison Avenue to keep the talks going until the next U.S. presidential election.
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James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced (more...)