Palestine – The rhetoric game

During the last week 65th gathering of the ‘divided nations’ in New York -the world heard three habitual liars’ views concerning the foreign Jewish occupied Arab country, Palestine.

The first half-Black US President Ben Obama said that the rights of the Palestinian people will be won only through peaceful means — including genuine reconciliation with a secure Israel (on Israeli terms of course!).

The Israeli radical Jew Prime Minister Benji Netanyahu said, “I came here today to find a historic compromise that will enable both people to live in peace, security, and dignity.”

The double-agent PA President Mahmoud Abbas, whose electoral mandate ended in January 2009, said, “We will spare no effort and we will work diligently and tirelessly to ensure these negotiations achieve their cause.”

With democratically elected (2006) the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Hamas once again excluded from the negotiations, another charade would appear to be afoot with the same outcome assured: betrayal by unilateral surrender, or as much of it as Abbas dare give. British writer Stuart Littlewood offers his views on this latest charade:

The talks of course have nothing to do with peace. They are about greed, dominance and more land theft. The plan is to get a weakling Palestinian leader into a corner and arm-twist more concessions from him, until there’s nothing left.

Is this really a good time to bend the knee or tug the forelock to someone as unreliable as Obama or as criminal as Netanyahu?

It is surely an occasion to stand on principle and go over the heads of corrupt meddlers, making a strong Palestinian case anchored firmly in established law and justice so that there is no room to wriggle, and demand that same law and justice from the international community that endorsed it.

It would call for a carefully planned and professionally executed communications campaign to make the world listen, something the Palestinian Authority and the PLO, under Abbas, have fatally neglected.

But Abbas says it’s his “national responsibility” to go along with the talks. Those in Ramallah who dared to disagree were quickly stamped on by his security goons.

Abbas and Erekat belong to the shabby failures of the past. For Palestine the future has to start somewhere. It might as well be here, and now.

America cannot – no, will not – uphold international law or UN resolutions. Like Israelis, the Americans have a cynical disregard for human rights except their own. It goes against all notions of fair play, therefore, to see America acting the host and pretending to be an honest broker.

Abbas should have none of it. If he cannot be persuaded to do the decent thing and go, he at least ought to take the line that the talking’s all done. It was done in the UN. And the UN has treated Israel with gob-smacking generosity at Arab expense, first with its 1947 Partition gift and later by nodding OK to Israel’s territorial gains represented by the Armistice ‘Green Line’. The Israelis should accept this staggering munificence with proper humility, and be content.

Obama would do well to acknowledge that the decisions have already been made. They are enshrined in UN resolutions, in international law, in the Geneva Conventions and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They wait to be implemented by the nations that are party to those solemn undertakings, including the US.

So please, Mr Obama, no more talking. Cut the charade and do your duty.

Earn that peace prize. Or give it back.

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