Netanyahu is an obstacle to peace
Article added on October 8, 2011
Far too often when Americans meet a guy fluent in
English, they think he is trustful and one of them. People as different as
the Afghan President Karzai and the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu fall
into that mold.
Netanyahu is an obstacle to peace. He thinks he can fool everyone with his
rhetoric. However, by now, the United States Congress remains as the last
important group foolish enough to believe his fairy tales.
last year, we mentioned Netanyahu's
counterproductive settlement policy. On September 27, 2011 the Israeli leader
outdid himself. Shortly after
his and Abbas' UN speeches, the Israeli
interior ministry announced the building of additional 1100 flats in East
Just as a reminder, according to the 1947 UN Partition Plan, Jerusalem (al-Quds)
should have been administrated by the UN. After ten years of this
international regime, the residents of the city would have had the chance to
decide upon the future regime of Jerusalem. Because of the 1948 war, this
plan was never implemented. The British withdrew from Palestine. Israel
declared its independence. By the end of the war, Jerusalem was divided with
Israel controlling 12 of Jerusalem's 15 Arab residential quarters. The old
walled city came to lie entirely on the Jordanian side of the division line.
Jordan formally annexed East Jerusalem in 1950. A move only recognized by
the UK and Pakistan.
During the 1967 Six-Day War, Jordanian forces attacked Israeli-held West
Jerusalem, but Israel managed to capture East Jerusalem as well as the
entire West Bank. The entire history is very complicated and would fill an
entire book. In short, Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and formally
annexed it in 1980. This occupation has never been recognized
internationally. In a peace deal, East Jerusalem should become part of the new
sheet music and
In order to move towards peace, there
must be a definitive end to additional Jewish settlements in the
occupied areas. Why Obama backtracked regarding the settlement issue,
remains a mystery. Netanyahu's strategy remains unchanged: delay, delay,
delay. Delay the
establishment of a Palestinian state while publicly stating the opposite.
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right that there should be
a political solution through negotiations between the Israeli and
Palestinian leaders. Unfortunately, he and
his coalition government with Avigdor Lieberman and the
ultra-orthodox parties and their settlement policies have become the main
obstacle to a peace deal.
George Mitchell resigned in May 2011 as Obama's Middle East envoy,
because Netanyahu refused to end his counterproductive settlement policy.
The Israeli prime minister would say that settlements have always continued
under all previous Israeli governments. He does not realize that the
situation has changed quite some time ago. With Abbas and Fayyad, he has
credible and trustful partners on the Palestinian side. Furthermore, on
September 23, 2011 the Middle East Quartet (US, UN, EU and Russia) has
issued a new schedule for the resumption of negotiations between the Israeli
government and the Palestinian authority.
Its ambitious schedule asks for a preparatory meeting to agree an agenda and
method of proceeding in the negotiation within a month. Comprehensive
proposals on territory and security should be reached within six months. An
agreement should be reached by the end of 2012.
The Israeli government officially supported the proposal, but resumed its
settlement activity, knowing that the Palestinian side would refuse to
resume negotiations under such conditions.
Benjamin Netanyahu is an obstacle to peace. He continues to live in his
fairy-tale world. Like too many Israeli politicians, he thinks that Israel
is at the center of the world. Although
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
is not totally innocent in this development, one of Netanyahu's last
“achievements” has been to alienate Israel's strategic ally Turkey. If there should be a double dip, many Western
governments will have other priorities than helping the Netanyahu government
from being increasingly isolated. It could get very cold in Israel.
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