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Israel/Palestine: More on the Sham Peace Talks

By Stephen Lendman - Posted on 07 September 2010

Israel/Palestine: More on the Sham Peace Talks - by Stephen Lendman

On and off for the past 35 years, so-called "peace" talks repeatedly have been stillborn from inception, a grand illusion masking an Israeli/Washington partnership intolerant of peace, demanding unconditional surrender, nothing less, the de facto Oslo result, one-sided for Israel, Palestinians given nothing to this day, enduring worse conditions now than then.

What chance then now for peace with no legitimate partner, its democratically government excluded, a coup d'etat president 20 months past his term's expiration representing them, and an Arab hating Israeli Prime Minister once calling it "a waste of time."

In addition, the Israeli Lobby controls Washington's Middle East agenda, unwilling to grant Palestinians any rights. As a result, they endure daily violence, not stopping even as a show of good faith, and Netanyahu's announced settlement freeze was bogus. Construction slowed, but never stopped. Some process. Imagine what's coming. More of the same, not an equitable just peace. The charade goes on, a spectacular deception, Palestinians to be blamed when it fails for not negotiating in good faith.

Here's more. From August 26 - September 1, Israeli forces made 37 incursions into West Bank communities and another into Gaza, arresting 15 Palestinians, including three children. Four paramedics and two human rights workers were also detained, and six Palestinian civilians and an international activist injured. In addition, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers and shepherds in Hebron and Salfit as well as other civilians and their cars on main roads, acting lawlessly with impunity as they always do, authorities practically incentivizing them to commit violence and destructive acts.

These incidents aren't isolated. They occur daily in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, women and children treated like men, none of it reported in America and most Western media sources. However, after four retaliatory Palestinian attacks killed four Israeli settlers, it made headlines, New York Times writers Israel Kershner and Mark Landler as one-sided as others headlining, "Killing of Israeli Settlers Rattles Leaders," calling it disruptive on the eve of peace talks, saying:

"The military wing of Hamas, the Islamic group," carried out the attack, quoting Netanyahu "condemn(ing) the 'atrocious murder,' which Israeli officials said seemed calculated by Hamas to upset the negotiations," a White House statement calling the attackers "enemies of peace."

However when Israeli settlers attack nonviolent Palestinians, they're never called militants, the Jewish group, or "enemies of peace." Their repeated offenses aren't even reported, even when deaths occur, nor are daily IDF incursions and horrific crimes. They slip quietly under the radar, never when Jews are harmed.

On September 5, Israel's Foreign Minister/Deputy Prime Minister, Avigdor Lieberman (an outspoken anti-peace extremist) addressed his ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party calling peace with the Palestinians unattainable, "not next year and not for the next generation....Our proposal is: No to unilateral concessions, no to continuing the settlement freeze (never, in fact, frozen), yes to serious negotiations and mutual gestures of good faith," though Lieberman offers none of his own.

Instead, in late August, he disingenuously proposed ending Israel's Gaza occupation, letting Hamas establish an independent state, conditional on its "satisfying legitimate Israeli security concerns." It's a ruse from a hard right extremist, contemptuous of democracy and Palestinian rights. He called Arab Israelis a fifth column, wanting citizenship rights revoked for those unwilling to sign a Loyalty Oath pledge it to a "Jewish, Zionist, and democratic state," its emblems and values, and to perform military or equivalent service as a condition for a national identity card signifying citizenship.

Lieberman, of course, knows Hamas won't agree or stop resisting Israel's illegal West Bank/East Jerusalem occupation and theft of Palestinian land for expanded settlements, commercial development, and other Jews-only projects.

For many years, however, it offered to recognize Israel and renounce resistance in return for a long-term Hudna (armistice or truce), ending the occupation, and withdrawing Israeli forces inside 1967 borders.

Lieberman, his party, and the entire Netanyahu government want all valued West Bank land and Jerusalem Judaized, Palestinians confined to isolated resource poor cantons, surrounded by hostile settlers, allowed to commit violence with impunity. Hamas never will agree nor should they. It's hard imagining Fatah acquiescing, though its subservience to Israel stops only rhetorically.

In agreeing to peace talks, Fatah isolated itself from all other Palestinian political factions against it, knowing the sham process and unacceptable demands. Abbas, however, conceded, a man contemptuous of his people, an illegitimate leader, his appointed prime minister, Salam Fayyad, a former IMF operative and World Bank official, his Third Way party getting only 2.4% of the 2006 election vote, electing two of 132 Palestinian National Authority (PA) seats - in other words, a renouncing rejection of the man, his party, and his commitment to Israeli and Western interests, precisely why he's Abbas' prime minister, a contemptible rogue leader.

One of many reasons clear after the settler killings, Hamas' Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades claiming responsibility. In response, Abbas' security forces arrested dozens of Hamas members and supporters unrelated to the incident. Instead teachers, traders, workers, students, professionals, and imams were rounded up and detained, many at home or work, others summoned to come to security services' offices, then forcibly held.

Detainees include 45 in Hebron, 23 in Tulkarm, 20 in Salfit, 19 in Qalqilya, 15 in Nablus, 11 in Ramallah and al-Bireh, eight in Tubas, and six each in Bethlehem and Jenin. From past experience, none will be treated kindly, Fatah known for torture like the Israelis to extract confessions and get names of others to arrest.

Abbas goes along, yielding voluntarily to Israeli authority in return for Washington aid and special favors, including White House photo-ops and personal rewards, his son Yasser, in fact, a millionaire who admitted "collaborat(ing) with Israel."

Unsurprisingly, his father is a "reliable" peace process partner, willingly participating in the charade, condemning his people to futility and disappointment, worst of all if he accepts unconditional surrender, an uncompromising Israeli demand - capitulation or state-sponsored terror, an Israeli specialty. Against Palestinians, it's endless, even during "peace" talks.

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Quote: "In addition, the Israeli Lobby controls Washington's Middle East agenda, unwilling to grant Palestinians any rights".

I disagree about who's controlling who and the breadth of this control, geographically speaking. It's evidently true that the Israeli leadership and the Lobby have a lot of weight with the government of the U.S. when it comes to Palestine and sometimes Lebanon, but neither of those two countries, nor both of them combined constitute the [Middle East], which consists of several or more additional countries, including larger ones than Israel, Palestine and Lebanon. But the Israeli psychopaths have this weight with the government of the U.S., so with U.S. leadership, because they want and need the strategic military asset that Israel represents for them if they "play ball" with the Israeli leadership.

Israel is the 4th or 5th military power on Earth and the leadership of the U.S. certainly want this to strategically benefit or proft themselves, rather than trying to totally control the Israeli leadership and elites.

The U.S. elites and leadership don't benefit from Israel's extreme criminality against Palestinians, but they strategically need Israel for its military power in the Middle East. They want to dominate in the Middle East and Eurasia, as well as in Africa, and so on. They want and aim for global domination. They are highly guilty in helping the extremely criminal Indonesian government to be a mass murder, genocidal criminal, and that country is nearl as far from the U.S. as we can go on this planet.

They want to political, geopolitically, and economically dominate, and they want control of the rich oil and natural gas resources of the Middle East and Central Asia. They want dominance vis-a-vis Russia and China. They have this major and globally-scoped project in the works.

All other Middle Eastern countries are mostly Arab and Muslim, and Muslim countries, I've read, have around 75% of the Earth's oil reserves. Israel is not Muslim and is not resource-rich, but it was criminally established and then built up into becoming the 4th or 5th military power on Earth and the sole nuclear-armed state in the Middle East.

That's a strong strategic military ally or partner, but sub-partner, to have in the prime or key region that the Middle East is, so US elites strategically have to let the Israeli psychopaths commit their crimes against Palestinians and, to a lesser extent, the people of Lebanon. They have to strategically let the Israeli psychopaths feel that they are not only treated as servants to the leadership and elites of the U.S.

People who commit such crimes against humanity, as Israel, then U.S., and its allies do, do not play fair, straight, clean ball; it's dirty and crooked as hell.

Anyway, Palestine is not the Middle East. It's one of many countries in the M.E. and is a small one that continues to be reduced in size.

The war on Iraq hasn't been for the sake of Israel no matter how much the Israelis wanted it and cheerleaded for it. Cheerleading doesn't make them top boss; but they clearly do have clout with the U.S. leadership when it comes to Palestine. And the US leadership that is determined to dominate in the M.E., et cetera, and to control the rich oil resources of the region as much as they can achieve profit from a declining and extremely oppressed, genocided Palestinian population.

Saddam Hussein was the only leader in the M.E. to have tried to help the Palestinians against Israel's extreme criminality. If the Palestinians has been rescued by the West from the Israeli psychopaths, then who knows, maybe many Palestinians would've gone to Iraq to try to help Iraqis try to defend themselves against the aggression of the U.S. et alia.

It's not a simple, black and white situation. It's hell on earth; dirty and cooked as hell can be with human actors.

I agree that what's going on is awful deja-vu with Israel and its psychopathic lies and worse conduct.


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