It is perilous and unbecoming to argue with and contradict
the icons of our global society. Those who struggle courageously for the rights
of others and speak eloquently with word and deed against war and tyranny
deserve praise and comfort. They are beautiful people.
journalist, soldier, politician, Knesset member, peace activist, writer, wordsmith,
master of the quip and Zionist is one of the nobles who warrant special
consideration. Being human, Avnery can be faulted, and his fault is a rigid
attachment to Zionism, which strays his thoughts from lofty objectives and
guides him to instruct others toward confusion -- Isms and harmony don't go
together; Zionism and peaceful relations are separated phenomena.
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The failures that Uri
Avnery commits in proposing what he calls
"the only solution to the Middle East conflict" are
similar to those from other individuals and organizations whose thinking is misdirected
due to a conviction that the solution must consider Zionism and Zionism leads
the solution. His article, The Donkey of the Messiah, published on May
11, 2013, and circulated throughout the Internet, solicits examination and
rebuttal, and for more reason than because his arguments don't add up to his conclusions;
the positions reflect a perspective from a broad spectrum of peace thinkers, peace movements, and peace
institutions whose thoughts and actions have been salutary but have failed to
steer the Middle East crisis to a proper course. Confined outlooks have only
occupation of Palestinian lands, perpetuated oppression of the Palestinian
people and threatened the existence of the Jewish community. Spurious
strategies that continually lead to cataclysm deserve careful evaluation.
The journalist turned politician turned peace activist
starts his article with:
TWO-STATE solution is dead!" This mantra has been repeated so often lately, by
so many authoritative commentators, that it must be true.
Did not the 1947 United Nations (UN) Partition Plan,
Resolution 181, establish a two-state solution for solving the bitter conflict
between Zionist settlers and native Palestinians? What happened with that
two-state solution? It resulted in decades of turmoil, wars, deaths, injuries,
displaced persons and magnitudes more acrimony than existed before Resolution
181. Why would a new partition plan be different? True that the next two-state
solution will consider the realities of the situation and be engineered by the involved
parties, but by what parties and toward what two states?
Avnery is not talking THE TWO STATES; he is
talking A TWO STATES. The displaced Palestinians, who considered
that a non-elected agency had no legal right to partition their lands and award
parts of them to foreigners, would probably be glad to restore the original
Partition plan into THE TWO STATES. The jury is still out on who
was responsible for rejection of the Partition Plan -- was it confused
Palestinians who had no central leadership or the unified Israelis, who formed
a government without any Arabs, although their territory contained a 40 percent
Arab population, and then proceeded to systematically threaten the Arab populations
who did not leave?
It is doubtful that the mass of displaced Palestinians,
seated in the West Bank and Gaza,
and scattered throughout the world, consider themselves well represented, and
approve foreigners still making plans for validating the usurpation of their
lands and providing them with a new state. Do the two-staters place the needs
of the Palestinians before the wants of the Israelis and do they recommend a
viable Palestinian nation on land that can provide sufficient agriculture to
feed the population, sufficient water to satisfy their thirst and sufficient
area to house those hoping to return to ancestral homes, or are they only
legitimizing Israel's illegal land gains, illegal seizure of Palestinian bank
accounts and property and illegal ethnic cleansing? Do they expect that
international agencies will maintain the new state, as it does now? Do they
propose a real state or only real estate, which is a huge encampment with the
trappings of a state?
The use of the words "solution' and "conflict' in the
expression, "the only solution for the Middle East conflict"
betrays the thinking behind the two-state "solution."
The argument between the Palestinians and Israelis is not a
conflict; it is a crisis -- a singular crisis in which the Palestinian people
suffer displacement, oppression and degradation. It is this crisis that needs a
resolution, rather than a solution. Solution satisfies the Israelis -- a method
to separate themselves from the pesky
Palestinians in their midst and purify
very essence of Zionism was to have a state where Jews would be masters of
their fate, preferably in all of Palestine .
Note the clause, "preferably in all of Palestine."
Is that slip of the pen, or does it show the Zionists' true intentions, since
What mastery and what fate does Avery
have in mind? Do Jewish families have different inclinations, different
pursuits, different hopes than other people? How do millions of people get together
and master their fate without becoming robotic responders to a totalitarian
system and by surrendering their personal fates. This proposition reinforces
the concept that Jews are an international conspiracy, who are contemptuous of
others and perceive themselves as being uniquely solidified and possessing
Has Zionism given Jews a state where they are masters of their fate?
All Israeli Jews have been forced to disregard their past cultures and historical
identities, conform to a new culture and establish a new identity -- badgered into
discarding previous languages, literature, music and religious litany. The
Israeli Jews don't decide their fate but serve masters of a problematic fate -- continually
governed by a collection of nationalist militarists, Ariel Sharon, Bib
Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, to name a few -
behaving as one involuntary organism, serving most of a lifetime in the
military reserves, being killed and killing in continuous wars, and seeing
themselves pushed around by an orthodox assembly who feeds from their earnings.
Not wanting to be bothered by the orthodox ruffians, most Israelis refuse to
visit Jerusalem. Nowhere in the
world are Jews more compartmentalized, more dominated by a government, more
insecure, and less "masters of their fate."
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