Netanyahu standing in the way of his own peace
One can’t help but compare the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to that of a cat with nine lives.
They seem to die over and over again with no resolution, but how long until their luck runs out, the blood boils over and the Gaza region breaks out in all out war.
Since the establishment of the state of Israel, crisis points have come and gone and the populations of Jewish and Palestinian peoples have found no peace. Unfortunately this time will be no different.
Ongoing problems that seem to repeatedly dog the peace process are the same now as they were when the conflict started well over half a century ago.
A displaced Palestinian population scattered all over the Middle East are desperate to have a home to call their own after being violently forced from their land and homes in 1948.
This now seems like a pipe dream.
Israel now refuses to stop building Jewish settlements on the West Bank, which has resulted in increasingly violent conflict between the clashing populations leading up to the current non-direct peace talks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu only wants peace if it comes with dominance over the Palestinian people.
According to Netanyahu who spoke on Israeli television earlier this week when asked about the current peace talks going on between the two waring sides:
“It could be we hit a wall, a wall on the topic of Jerusalem, maybe a wall on the subject of (Palestinian) refugees, it could be the result will be an interim agreement.”
We’ve heard this before.
Palestinians swiftly rejected this idea as Israel has made clear over the long process that no concessions will be made.
Israel has long enjoyed the support of the world’s most powerful nation, the United States.
A Palestinian plan to put forward a resolution to the United Nations Security Council that calls on Israel to end the building of settlements on the West Bank was rejected by the American government on Wednesday.
This has effectively ended the life of the proposal due to America’s right to veto as a permanent member of the Security Council.
The first direct peace talks in two years broke down earlier this year again due to Netanyahu’s unwillingness to give an inch. An Israeli freeze on settlement building expired and the Prime Minister, mid-negotiation, refused to put a temporary halt while discussions continued.
Pushed into a corner, Palestinian leaders believed talks could not deliver a lasting agreement as long as Israel continues to undermine Palestine’s existence by building settlements.
Israeli foreign minister Avigder Lieberman, known for his hardline stance, proposed a similar ‘interim peace deal’ with Palestine on Sunday, but went on to say:
“Israel should not negotiate peace with the West Bank regime of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas”
By stating this, the minister questions the legitimacy of the democratically elected president and therefore undermines the Palestinian people.
Netanyahu, a right wing politician, holds power only by a thread. His coalition is made up of even further right parties that would quickly probably overthrow his position as leader if the idea of giving the Palestinians any land came to fruition.
The fact is this has all happened before. Look back to Netanyahu’s previous stint as Prime Minister from 1996-1999 and the infamous Oslo peace talks. We run into the same stubborn man refusing to make any concessions, however small and proceeding to blame Palestinians for the break down of the peace process.
So how can the peace process forge or even begin without each side looking upon each other as equals? Quite simply it can’t.
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