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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The Futility of Peace Talks with Israel
By Khalid Amayreh
ccun.org, PIC, April 18, 2009
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whose term in
office officially expired in January but remained at the helm of the
Ramallah regime in order to spite off Hamas, reportedly has phoned Israeli
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to wish him a happy holiday. The courtesy
call, as described by Abbas’s office, has been interpreted by observers in
occupied Palestine as a preliminary sign of flirting between the
fascist-minded Netanyahu and the beleaguered PLO leader.
Abbas would be embarking on yet another odyssey of self-depreciation and
national betrayal, one that would further undermine the Palestinian national
Abbas had wasted precious years conducting failed peace talks
with Israel. He was repeatedly advised and exhorted to be vigilant and
cautious as to Zionist tactics, but to no avail. And, as expected, the
inevitable outcome of these high-pitched encounters found expression in the
continued expansion of Jewish colonies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
This happened while everyone, including Abbas and the rest of the PA chorus,
was babbling about the “peace process,” the greatest act of deception whose
sole victim has been the Palestinian cause and sole beneficiary is Israel’s
However, instead of drawing the right
conclusion and learning the right lessons from the colossal failure of the
so-called peace negotiations with Israel, the PA leadership continued to
repeat the same futile rituals and the same pointless platitudes about
Now, it is most likely that the PA will be duped again,
probably willingly, to reproduce and regurgitate the same deception, same
lies, and same disaster.
Indeed, PA officials, including Abbas
himself, declared on many occasions that Israel was not serious about peace
and that Israeli leaders, irrespective of their political and ideological
orientation, were only interested in prolonging peace talks for as long as
possible in order to give Israel the needed time to build still more
settlements and judaize the remainder of Jerusalem.
In light one
might ask the PA leadership the following questions: Aren’t you supposed to
have learned from the experience of the past three years? Haven’t you
discovered by now that Israel is more interested in liquidating the
Palestinian cause than in reaching a dignified and genuine peace settlement
with the Palestinians? And how many more years would it take you to realize
that it is futile to hold peace talks with Israel, a perpetually bellicose
state whose very essence is incompatible with antithetical to the most
elementary concept of true peace?
True, we are very weak military
and politically vis-à-vis Israel, a virtual superpower which also controls
the American government to a very large extent.
But we don’t have to
be naïve and gullible and outright stupid when it comes to presenting our
case before the international community.
Indeed, the political
behavior of the PA has so far given the impression that the Palestinians are
confused, unsure of what they want, fastidious, complaining too much, etc.
We just can’t exchange warm kisses with Israeli officials and leaders
in the evening and then complain bitterly the next morning that Israel
doesn’t want peace and is using peace talks as a cover to expand Jewish
colonies on occupied territory. We simply haven’t been consistent in our
public behavior vis-à-vis Israel, and that seriously undermines our public
discourse and especially our credibility.
In short, there must be a
complete and absolute consistency between Palestinian behavior and
statements, even mood on the one hand, and the level of credibility of
negotiations with Israel. In fact, the moment Palestinian negotiators
felt, as they did on numerous occasions, that Israel was only trying to gain
time and give the false impression that progress was being made, mainly
for propagandistic purposes, then the Palestinian negotiators should have
left no stones unturned in order to expose Israel.
this is not how PA negotiators have been behaving. In fact the opposite is
true, for instead of exposing Israel and instigating the international and
especially Arab -Muslim world against the criminal entity, many PA
officials, including (former PA) Chairman Abbas, were busy seeking
“certificates of good conducts” from the Zionist entity.
himself managed to introduce the Iraqi President to Ehud Barak at an
international conference in Europe last year. Is this how we gain the
respect of the world? How can we look ourselves in the mirror when we treat
the mass killers of our children who exterminated the people of Gaza with
White Phosphorus with such cordiality and friendship?
It is really
sad that the Palestinian people might have to suffer another depressive
episode of false hopes and false promises while Israel’s sly and criminal
leaders continue to utilize the scandalously stupid Palestinian leadership
to deflect and evade international scrutiny.
To be sure, none is
asking Abbas and his men to join the ranks of the resistance. This would be
an honor these people don’t deserve.
However, ordinary Palestinians
have every right to expect the Ramallah leadership to act and behave with
dignity and not be bamboozled by the verbal juggling of pathological liars
and sadistic fascists such as Netanyahu, a man in whose lexicons words such
as honesty and good absolutely have no meaning.
The PA has been more
or less negotiating with successive Israeli governments since 1991. This
long period should be more than enough to know the Israeli intentions. Well,
even the imbeciles can by now understand that a state that keeps frantically
building huge settlements on stolen land is not really sincere about peace.
I recently asked PA Chief negotiator Sa’eb Ureikat if he thought that
any Israeli government would ever agree to return to the borders of the
1967. Ureikat said he didn’t think so but added that “we have to keep
the negotiation going because life itself is negotiation.” (Ureikat
has actually written a book bearing the title "Life Is Negotiation").
Well, if indeed life is negotiation, then the PA, including Ureikat himself,
has been doing an extremely dismal job negotiating with Israel in the last
Reality on the ground speaks for itself and doesn’t
require any further elucidation.
There is no doubt that the vicious
trio of Netanyahu, Barak and Lieberman will warmly welcome a cordial
“working relationship” with Abbas as this would greatly serve their
interests and goals if only by enhancing the currently ugly image of the
Netanyahu will speak in great eloquence about
“peace” between Israel and the Arab world when what he actually has in mind
is the liquidation of the Palestinian cause.
It is for these and
other reasons that the Palestinian people and their lively civic forces must
constantly hector Abbas to refrain from crossing the red lines. The red
lines are red lines and every Palestinian, including Abbas, must realize the
dire ramifications of crossing these lines.