No freedom for Palestine, thunders Washington

Turkey’s Erdogan calls Israel, “America’s spoiled child,” a view shared by many.  The 9/11 hijackers who attacked New York and Washington made plain they were doing so to punish America for its unquestioned support of Israel’s repression of Palestine. Other attacks are likely to follow. In a black comedy, US efforts to make PA leader Mahmoud Abbas back down are being led by Dennis Ross, one of Israel’s staunchest partisans in the US government.  The US Congress, ever responsive to Israel’s demands, threatens to cut off all funding for Palestinian refugees and any UN organ that supports them. Israel, now no longer quietly assisted by Egypt’s former ruler, Hosni Mubarak, or Turkey’s rightwing generals, is feeling increasingly isolated.  But it can still count on unquestioning US support.

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WHILE PALESTINIANS NEGOTIATE WITH ISRAEL OVER PIZZA, THE LATTER EATS THIS UP

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by Eric Margolis

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Could we see a great leap forward next week on the Palestinian’s long quest for statehood?
Not quite.  The Palestinian Authority (PA) says it will ask the United Nations General Assembly to upgrade from being a non-voting “observer entity” to an “observer state.”   This bureaucratic-sounding change hardly seems earthshaking.  The Vatican is an “observer state.”But the earth is shaking.  A majority of the world’s nations are fed up by the endless suffering of the stateless Palestinians and support creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza.

Turkey’s increasingly influential premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, went to Cairo last week and spoke for the world: “Let’s raise the Palestinian flag and let that flag be the symbol of peace and justice in the Middle East.”

The United States is desperately scrambling to head off a favorable vote in the UN.  Washington threatens to veto any pro-Palestine vote in the Security Council – that alone can grant statehood status to a new state.  The US is exerting huge pressure on allies and dependant states to vote against any resolution in the General Assembly.

Threats and blackmail aside, the US, Israel and newly pro-Israel Canada are largely isolated on this issue.  Israel is in a panic and is using all its mighty influence to sidetrack a vote.  Its hard rightwing government is threatening the Palestinian territory with unspecified “grave consequences.’

A special Congressional election in New York City last week gave Israel and its American supporters powerful new ammunition.   A Democratic candidate in a long-time Democratic district was soundly defeated after he and President Barack Obama were denounced for “throwing Israel under a bus.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading the anti-Palestinian diplomatic drive.  She clearly has future political ambitions and is buttering up Israel’s supporters.   Her goal is to arm-twist the feeble Palestinian leadership, which critics call a stooge of Israel and the US, to accept some sort of diluted compromise that does not upset Israel.

Israel’s right- wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu clearly controls Washington’s Middle East policy through its US lobby.   This has poisoned US interests in the Muslim world at a time that American domination of the turbulent region is weakening.

Turkey’s Erdogan just called Israel, “America’s spoiled child,” a view shared by many.  The 9/11 hijackers who attacked New York and Washington made plain they were doing so to punish America for its unquestioned support of Israel’s repression of Palestine. Other attacks are likely to follow.

In a black comedy, US efforts to make PA leader Mahmoud Abbas back down are being led by Dennis Ross, one of Israel’s staunchest partisans in the US government.  The US Congress, ever responsive to Israel’s demands, threatens to cut off all funding for Palestinian refugees and any UN organ that supports them.

Israel, now no longer quietly assisted by Egypt’s former ruler, Hosni Mubarak, or Turkey’s rightwing generals, is feeling increasingly isolated.  But it can still count on unquestioning US support.

Many outsiders believe a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians is possible provided irksome details can be resolved. This writer, who recently published a book on the subject, does not share this rosy view.

Israel’s hard right Likud Party and its semi-fascist coalition allies are determined to retain the entire West Bank and Golan Heights.  According to the closest thing Israel has to a real sage, Uri Avnery, Likud not only refuses to define Israel’s borders, it has a powerful faction that wants further territorial expansion into Syria and Lebanon.

Israel’s strategy has been to hold endless, phony “peace talks” while rapidly expanding West Bank and Golan settlements.  As one Palestinian aptly noted, his people and Israel are negotiating over a pizza while Israel is eating it up.

Now, as President Obama steadily weakens, Israel’s right sees a Republican victory in 2012 that will bring in a new president and Congress even more pro-Israel than Israel’s own Knesset.

An upgrade of Palestine’s orphan UN status won’t do anything to address these basic problems.   But it will at least keep the plight of Palestine before the world’s view.  It will certainly put the US and Israel on the wrong side of history and justice.

copyright Eric S. Margolis 2011

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  1. A balanced assessment of the near future events indeed. The writer Eric Margolis, however, should have elaborated the extent of unity on this issue amongst the Muslim states and as to how are they going to sustain this?

  2. Turkey’s Erdogan calls Israel, “America’s spoiled child?” Or is it – that the American government/banking/industrial complex is the “bully” child of Israel? Either way, more and more Americans, like myself, have become fearful of; very much distrusting of; very much disgusted with a government that violates every sense of right and justice that this once proud and great country was founded upon. To some degree, I find myself saddened and ashamed to call myself an “American.”

    • Steve, I do understand the pain annd anguish you are having in this regard. Here in Pakistan we equally feel shameful of the policies of our successive governments, both civil and in Khaki, who have played into hands of the Israel controlled US administrations and messed up our nation as well as its noble values.

      Yet I do believe that in spite of the Imperialist US administrations that have been running the great American nation in these three, four decades or so, US still is a great country, as are its people, its values and its great academic institutions. All these things make America great. So do I feel abut my own homeland, which too has unfortunately been turned into a vassal state of the America’s political and military overlords.

      But in spite of all these predicaments, we cannot and should never lose the hope of struggling against this global overlord-ship in whatever way we can.

  3. I agree my good friend. Never give up the fight for social justice.

  4. Both parties have shed their blood for the last 60 years and both are of the view that their stand is correct. It means the confrontation will continue. More bloodshed will take place.
    But the fact is that the land belongs to Jews and they will fight for it.

    • Its only the Palestinians who have shed the blood for their Palestinian motherland. Zionists have nothing to do with the sacred soil of Palestine. Jews, however, do consider Palestine as a holy land but so do the Muslims and Christians too. Considering a place holy does not confer the right to Zionists to forcibly occupy the land which never belonged to them. Though Palestine is essentially an Arab land and it does belong to them, yet as part of each community’s belief in its holiness, an independent Palestine should be accessible to all believers Muslims, Christians, as well as the Jews, without any restriction whatsoever, on whatsoever ground.

  5. Who came first, the Christ or Prophet Mohammad [pbuh]? Who attacked and forced them to migrate to Euröpe? Don’t mislead yöur community any more.

    • Who came first to India, the Dravidians or the Arians. Who forced these original owners of India to become the “untouchables” [complete orphans] in the land of their own forefathers??? Who is misleading whom, decide yourself.
      For the second question, Dr. A.K. Tewari, go first through history. Browse yourself bit deep into it. It will shed this veil of ignorance. The Christians turned the Jews out of Palestine because they thought Jews were the people who murdered Jesus. In contrast, it were the Muslims and peoples of other faiths who offered them protection against persecution by the followers of Christian faith. The Christian Europe created Ghettos for Jews. None such thing existed in any Muslim and not even in India and Pakistan where Jews lived as honorably as any other local of the area.

  6. There are two views about the origin of Aryans , Max muller supports your stand while Prof GD Sharma traces their origin from Ramapithacus. Anyway even if your viewpoint is correct, still I would insist that the Arians were not attackers but embraced the SANATAN DHARMA.

  7. My original [non edited] comments still remain with the WordPress and reach the targeted readers through other channels too. You cannot crush my freedom of expression in this information age.


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