‘ A State Of Palestine?

My answer to that question is….DAMN TIME!

There is a massive movement for the world to recognize the state of Palestine.  It is beyond time for the world to step up and do the right thing and give Palestinians what they richly deserve.

There are some excellent reason that this should become set in stone…..

Five Reasons to Recognise a Palestinian State | European Council on Foreign Relations.

But as normal the cowards of the West are not so hot for there to be a state of Palestine….from UK’s Independent…..

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today mounted a last-ditch effort to thwart a Palestinian and Arab bid to pass a UN Security Council resolution calling for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years.

Mr Netanyahu met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome to lobby for an American veto after issuing statements ruling out any such withdrawal, even if it is passed by the Security Council.

“There are efforts to dictate terms which harm the security of Israel and do not bring peace,” said Mr Netanyahu. “We will repel every effort like this, which will only bring the terrorism to the heart of the country.” Mr Netanyahu said on Sunday that if Israel were to pull out of the West Bank, Islamic extremists would reach “the suburbs of Tel Aviv and the heart of Jerusalem”.

Palestinian leaders then decided to submit the resolution to the Security Council, while today Mr Kerry is to confer in London with Arab League and Palestinian diplomats. They will ask Mr Kerry to break from decades of the US shielding Israel in the Security Council and urge that it not use its veto if a majority on the body supports the resolution on Wednesday. It remains unclear what the wording of the resolution will actually be and whether a watered-down version could gain US acquiescence.

In recent weeks, France, along with Britain and Germany, have formulated an alternative resolution. It does not call for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years but rather sets a two-year deadline for the conclusion of negotiations that are to be resumed between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a two-state solution to the conflict. Unrest in Jerusalem

And as usual the US will do whatever Israel tells them to do.……and apparently so will the UK and the EU………EU lawmakers stopped short on Tuesday of proposing a joint motion urging EU members to recognize a state of Palestine, settling instead on a compromise resolution that peace talks should progress, converging with Israel’s stance on the matter.

Palestinians are not disillusioned by the powers that are trying desperately to preserve Israel’s control of the West Bank……

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will push for a U.N. Security Council vote this week on a resolution setting a November 2016 deadline for ending the Israeli occupation

The Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. The U.N. General Assembly recognized such a state as an observer in 2012. Parliaments of several European countries have in recent weeks recommended to their governments to recognize a state.

The US vote on this could go a long way to lessen the tensions in the Middle East.…but that is not in the cards for the US is a SLAVE to Israel and the Military-Industrial Complex……..I mean SLAVE in every sense of the word!

Time for the US to stop pussy footing’ around and do the right thing.…..Palestine needs to be recognized for what it is…..the homeland of the Palestinian people……time to put them on equal footing with the Israelis…..you want a peace deal then there is NO better way to show it than the recognition of the state of PALESTINE!

The US tone is blatantly condescending…..they put on a concerned face but that is all it is….a face……

Most notable piece of BS came from Kerry…….

“Right now what we are trying to do is have a constructive conversation with everybody to find the best way forward,” he said, while being careful not to interfere in the Israeli political campaign. “We want to find the most constructive way of doing something that therefore will not have unintended consequences, but also can stem the violence,”

That is doublespeak and is an out right LIE.……what could be more constructive than the recognition of the state of Palestine?

If the US could find the cajoles to go against the anti-Castro lobby then maybe they could grow a pair and buck the Israel lobbyy….wishful thinking I know…….all these games played by Israel and the US will do NOTHING but insure more violence……..and Israel could not be happier.

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‘Oppressed Becomes The Oppressor’

Since the end of the latest Gaza war the tensions between Israelis and Palestinians has been simmering waiting for a spark to set the region on fire.

With the recent attack on a Jewish worship that spark is getting closer and closer.….and the retaliation of the Israelis will do nothing to calm the situation…..many have asked time and time again…..what the Hell is this all about……I shall try and answer that question for the reader…..

By this point in your life you have been exposed to the horror of World war 2 and the Holocaust……if not…..where the Hell have you been?

Every time Israel goes into action against the Palestinians we are reminded over and over about the horrors that the Jews were exposed to during the Holocaust…all the death and misery.  And because of the horrors they endured you would expect them to have No toleration for any such actions what so ever…….but you would be WRONG! 

Not mistaken but flat out WRONG!

One of the Israeli intellectuals of the founding generation, Yeshayahu Leibowitz feared that a Jewish state would become no better than the oppressors that he and so many others fled from in the days of WW2….he stated………”it would invert the whole history of the Jewish people, turning them into the spitting image of the oppressors whose terrorism from which we fled.”

He also noted that the …..“the entire energies of the Jewish state, instead of looking after the needs of its citizens, would be directing at enforcing “a strange system of political domination”……he was more prophetic than he has been given credit.

Israelis were the victims in the days of WW2….they were imprisoned, lands confiscated, harassed and put to death…….where is that any different than the circumstances with the Palestinians?  They were victims and for that they were basically given a country….the world trying to soothe its guilt….and in doing so have turned the victim into the oppressors they fled from in the past.

The world continues to close its eyes to the horrendous effects that Israeli policy is having on Palestinians….all because the world still feels the guilt of World War 2…..until they break that feeling this sort of murderous outreaches will continue.

The victim will continue to be the oppressor…...and the Palestinians must wait for the world to rid itself of a guilty past.

But the world is starting to take notice of the heavy handed responses of the Israelis toward the Palestinians…..it is possible that the justice that the Palestinian people have been denied in the last 50+ years is finally within their reach.

The world needs to demand that all nations act in a civilized manner and that includes Israel.

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‘ Institutionalisation of Conflict ‘

First, let us begin with a few definitions–institution–a tradition or custom, now conflict–a clash of ideas or interests. Now we can continue with the thoughts.

It is 1920 and most likely a lively day and a British mandate over what is known as Palestine. Jewish settlers start trickling into the country and almost immediately the conflicts between Jew and Palestinian begins. Most of them were small clashes here and there and occasionally the Brits were involved.These differences in opinion continued as well as the settlers entry into the country.

And then in the year 1936, an Arab revolt began against Zionists and the Brits. The revolt continue for some three years of bloody confrontations. Nothing was really settled by the revolt and nothing really changed. Clashes between the two antagonists, Jew and Arab continued with more bloody conflicts. After WWII, Jews had an exodus to Palestine and the clashes became bigger and bloodier.

Then Israel declared itself a country and nation in 1948 and then the real crap hits the fan. It becomes a moral imperative to crush one another. Shortly after the statehood declaration the 1st Arab-Israeli war began. It was not a pretty thing. The conflict ended but the hatred simmered. And simmered. Conflicts, attacks and brutalities continued on both sides of the issue.

Then 1967, a really big show, the 6 Day War; Arab armies and the Israelis clashed and death was everywhere. At the brokered end of the war Israel annexed the West Bank and Gaza, but the end of the war did not cease the hatred or the violence. This is a simple history lesson that deserves more depth, but for the purposes of this piece it will be sufficient.

Let’s be honest, there were other minor wars like Yom Kippur and the like. Do not misunderstand me, any and all these conflicts and confrontations were bad for both sides, many bad and unfortunate incidents occurred from both antagonists. That in itself is just ducky, but I would like to concentrate on the concept of conflict now.

Since the beginning of the Jewish migration there has been anger, hatred and conflict. These conflicts have caused lasting divisions and lasting hatreds. Father passed on stories about the other side’s atrocities to sons and sons to sons and sons to………….on and on. Both Palestinian and Jew is guilty of this. Stories of stolen land, killed loved ones. destroyed house and farms, and the list continues. Because of this word of mouth story telling the hatreds just build and continue for decade after decade. As the stories are past down the hatreds are past down and thus clashes between antagonist continue from year to year.

Both sides know their families stories and then firearms enter the picture and now the clashes become deadly. With each clash a new chapter is written in the hatreds. The more one acts the more the other reacts and it just keeps escalating; the death tolls escalate and sorrows escalates.

Because of the continuing escalation decade after decade, generation to generation, the conflict becomes a tradition, a custom, which after 60 yrs of escalation will be extremely difficult to break. It has become an institution, something that has a mind of its own and left unchecked will ruin both sides of the conflict. Because of the escalation over several generations the conflict has become institutionalized.

The only way this institution can be broken is with the work of both antagonist trying to end the hatred; both have got to desire peace at all costs, without a mutual desire for peace the institution of conflict will destroy both. Only the people can break the tradition, the custom of conflict. Some wealthy second or third partner cannot bring the institution to an end by throwing money at it or threats tossed around. These techniques only strengthen the institution. The people have got to want to live in peace and security. Without that desire all that is accomplished is a minor ceasefire that awaits the next act to ignite the fires of conflict once again.

Addendum:  A poll published in the Jerusalem Post shows that attitudes of the parties in the conflict…the way they feel in 2010…

If direct talks fail, 41 percent of Palestinians support the resumption of an armed Intifada, according to a poll released on Thursday by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.

Sixty-four percent of Palestinians surveyed believe they need success in direct talks more than Israelis, while 51% of Israelis think both sides need success equally. Both groups are skeptical that negotiations will succeed with 5% of Israelis and 6% of Palestinians thinking they will yield an agreement, but 78% of Israelis support their continuation. Only 30% of Palestinians support continuing talks.

Few participants feel that any talks will succeed at ending the conflict…..and the institution continues….

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