Final week, which marked the 53rd anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Financial institution in 1967, Aluf Benn expressed his dissatisfaction with the laziness of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The person received’t even decide up the cellphone to U.S. President Donald Trump. Abbas, Benn requested, why don’t you announce your willingness “to renew peace talks with Israel on the idea of the ‘deal of the century,’” and thwart the annexation Israel plans to impose unilaterally on July 1?
Benn additionally criticized the Israeli left, which, within the title of honor, justifies Palestinian “indifference and intransigence.” Take a look at how, following the wave of desertions to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities, the phrase “honor” has turn out to be an insult, whereas the person who rides roughshod over his rules based mostly on how the wind is blowing is a king. Somebody must whisper to the editor of Haaretz that Abbas is just not Deputy Prime Minister and Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz – not due to hole honor, however quite due to the appalling actuality.
The appalling actuality in Gantz’s case is that he fell consistent with Netanyahu’s blatant assault on the rule of regulation and granted legitimacy to bribery, incitement and the destruction of morality. In Abbas’ case, the fact is that if he agrees to Trump’s plan, he can be falling consistent with a plan that’s all about annexation and has been lower to go well with Netanyahu’s ideological fabric, in addition to the monstrous concepts of Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman.
In response to this plan, Abbas is supposed to approve a proposal wherein the territory earmarked for a Palestinian state would shrink by 30 p.c and the state can be established within the labyrinthine model of an amusement park. And identical to at Disneyland, other than its overpasses and tunnels, it will additionally come fully wrapped, on land, sea and air, in a blue-and-white bundle.
The Palestinians should not say no! That’s the mantra we’ve been listening to for 100 years already. They have to gladly settle for any expropriations by the lord and grasp of their lands, rejoice that they’re expelled and, if the grasp’s bladder is full and he occurs to empty it on their heads, they’re alleged to be amazed by the blessed rain falling on them. In any other case, we are going to hear self-pitying screeches about how the Palestinians carry on lacking to overlook alternatives.
This time, they’re lacking a plan that shoves a spoke into the wheel of their nationwide aspirations. They’re supposed to place their religion in a rustic whose ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, is extra excessive than probably the most thuggish of settlers.
An Arab saying goes, “the sharpened stake you’re afraid of, we’re already sitting on.” In any case, annexation already exists with or with out the Trump plan, and the time that passes within the unending collection often known as the “peace course of” is being exploited to increase the settlements.
In that case, why deceive the world time after time into pondering the 2 sides are returning to negotiations? Why lighten the burden on many Israelis’ delicate consciences by making it appear that in spite of everything, a course of is happening, even when it results in the destruction of Palestinian nationalism (even Benn as soon as described the Trump plan – or to make use of its resounding title, “the Deal of the Century” – on this method).
The primary-century Arab poet Al-Mutanabbi mentioned, “if dying is inevitable, don’t die a coward.” Sure, the sport has been rigged ever since Israel’s institution in 1948. The declare that if the Palestinians had agreed to the United Nations Partition Plan in 1947 we might already be residing in paradise is ludicrous.
After agreeing to that plan, Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, wrote to his son Amos that “establishing a state, even a partial one, will function a strong lever in our historic efforts to redeem the complete land.” This – “redeeming” the land from a neighboring individuals – has been Israel’s concept for 72 years now.
Again in 2002, the Arab world – “from the rebellious Gulf to the thundering ocean,” with all its a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, its presidents and kings – introduced a plan that included normalization with Israel whereas conditioning any resolution to the Palestinian refugee drawback on Israel’s consent. Eighteen years have handed since then, however there was no response.
In the meantime, peace plans have adopted upon each other as continuously as individuals change their socks, and every sock has extra holes than its predecessor. The time has come to cease these shady dealings.