Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Fayyad's Plan and Ending the
Israeli Occupation of Palestine
By Eileen Fleming
ccun.org, November 21, 2009
Connecting Dots: 1967 to the Fayyad Plan
There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear. There's
battle lines being drawn. Nobody's right if everybody's wrong. I think
it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody, look what's
going down- "For What it's Worth" Buffalo Springfield, 1967.
The birth of "The Summer of Love" occurred on June 1, with the release
of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
On June 5, 1967, the Six-Day
War began and led to Israel's occupation of the Sinai Peninsula, Golan
Heights, Gaza and the West Bank.
On June 8, 1967, the USS LIBERTY, a spy ship was attacked by Israel
while navigating in international waters. Although they were flying the
American flag, 34 men were killed and 172 were wounded out of a crew of
294. After eighteen hours of enduring a failure to support the troops by
the Johnson Administration, they were finally rescued.
On Nov. 8,
2009, Haaretz reported on a "classified, unreleased" portion of
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's 'Plan' that offers elements of
Netanyahu's call for "economic peace" and adds justice and common sense.
"Concerns are growing in Israel's government over the possibility of a
unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence within the 1967
borders, a move which could potentially be recognized by the United
Nations Security Council.
"The reports indicated that Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has
reached a secret understanding with the Obama administration over U.S.
recognition of an independent Palestinian state." 
This would expose that any Israeli presence across the Green Line,
including east Jerusalem, is what it is under the rule of law: an illegal
"The plan specifies that at the end of a designated period for
bolstering national institutions the PA, in conjunction with the Arab
League, would file a "claim of sovereignty" to the UN Security Council and
General Assembly over the borders of June 4, 1967 during the Six-Day War,
in which Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza.
summer of '67, the Republican representative from Iowa, H.R. Gross stood
up for the USS LIBERTY in The House and said:
"Is this Government
now, directly or indirectly, subsidizing Israel in the payment of full
compensation for the lives that were destroyed, the suffering of the
wounded, and the damage from this wanton attack? It can well be asked
whether these Americans were the victims of bombs, machine gun bullets and
torpedoes manufactured in the United States and dished out as military
assistance under foreign aid." 
By November 1967, lawmakers were willing to spend six million USA tax
dollars to build schools in Israel but during the debate, Representative
Gross introduced an amendment that "not one dollar of U.S. credit or aid
of any kind [should] go to Israel until there is a firm settlement with
regard to the attack and full reparations have been made [and Israel]
provides full and complete reparations for the killing and wounding of
more than 100 United States citizens in the wanton, unprovoked attack…I
wonder how you would feel if you were the father of one of the boys who
was killed in that connection-or perhaps you do not have any feelings with
respect to these young men who were killed, wounded and maimed, or their
Gross's amendment failed, justice remains delayed and American tax
payers continue to support the Jewish State which has reaped a more
violent and insecure planet for innocent civilians.
"Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a
level of support dwarfing the amounts provided to any other state. It has
been the largest annual recipient of direct U.S. economic and military
assistance since 1976 and the largest total recipient since World War ll.
Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003
dollars. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance
each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America's entire foreign aid
budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct
subsidy worth about $500 per year. This largesse is especially striking
when one realizes that Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per
capita income roughly equal to South Korea or Spain.”
Congressman Paul Findley said:
"It is time to speak openly and honestly about Israel. But, in American
politics, that is still forbidden. Pity that we cannot seem to shed our
fear of Israel. We are afraid to speak out on Capitol Hill, for fear of
losing the next election. They are more like trained poodles jumping
through hoops than leaders!
"Why this fear? How did we get here?
Forty years ago to this day, June 8, 1967 the change occurred, the
floodgates opened and money poured into Israel as never before. When
President Johnson heard about the U.S.S. Liberty being attacked by Israel
he ordered the rescue fighter planes to return to the deck. The rescue
mission was aborted and the survivors have said they heard LBJ’s voice
tell Admiral Giess, 'Get those planes back on deck. I don’t care if the
ship sinks, I will not embarrass Israel.'
"LBJ also threatened to
court martial anyone who reported what had happened. Johnson accepted
Israel’s false claim of “mistaken identity” and he knew it was a lie.
That is when the change began and Israel learned they could get away with
murdering U.S.A. soldiers." 
In June 2005, the whistle blower
of Israel's WMD program, Mordechai Vanunu told me:
became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would
come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis
would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From
1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that
hid the rest of the Dimona from them. Nixon stopped the inspections and
agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production.
In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough
plutonium for ten bombs a year.
"In the 1970s, Israel built many
fortresses and spent lots of money on equipment, but nothing on the people
I saw, who were oppressed and under occupation. I got really mad and upset
every time I thought about how much money they wasted, but I kept my mouth
shut and kept it all to myself. After a year, I finished my training and
was assigned to train more soldiers. For me it was all futility and waste;
I saw these children become soldiers and thought, What a complete waste.
When the Yom Kippur War broke out, I was home on leave. I returned the
next day to my station near Ramallah. Soldiers with less than a month of
training got called to go with me to the Jordan Valley. There weren’t
enough trained troops, and we were lucky we didn’t see any fighting and
got to return to base after three days. After a few months, we all went to
Syria and the Golan Heights. When Kissinger coordinated the cease-fire,
the Israeli army destroyed the area before leaving there..." 
Fast forward to 2009: Vanunu awaits another High Court date seeking the
right to leave the Jewish State while Prime Minister Fayyad, is winning
international support seeking a Security Council resolution to replace
Resolutions 242 and 338.
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 was adopted
unanimously by the UN Security Council on November 22, 1967, in the
aftermath of the Six Day War. The preamble refers to the "inadmissibility
of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and
lasting peace in the Middle East in which every State in the area can live
242 requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the
Middle East and required the withdrawal of Israel armed forces from the
territories occupied in the then 'recent' conflict.
On October 22, 1973, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 338
called for a ceasefire in the Yom Kippur War in accordance with a joint
proposal by the United States and the Soviet Union for a bilateral cease
fire to take effect within 12 hours.
It also called upon the parties concerned to immediately implement
Security Council Resolution 242 and insisted that negotiations between the
parties concerned would be aimed at establishing a just and durable peace
in the Middle East.
Fayyad's 2009 Plan is garnering positive
responses from the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Sweden. Harretz
reported that, "Fayyad added that he presented the proposal to the U.S.
administration and did not receive any signal of opposition in response."
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, a mediator between
Israel and Syria during Ehud Olmert's term as prime minister, has resume
the role as an intermediary between the two countries. He said his
government can be an "honest broker" in such talks but Netanyahu responded
with reluctance over Turkish mediation due to the ongoing tension between
Ankara and Jerusalem, which Patrick Seale reported on Oct 16, 2009:
"Turkey’s sudden cancellation this week of a major air force exercise
with Israel was a salutary wake-up call. Evidently, Prime Minister Recep
Tayyib Erdogan found it necessary to cancel the drill because of the
widespread hostility to Israel among Turkey’s population. He has had to
take Turkish public opinion into account. Foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu
spelled out the reasons in diplomatic terms: 'We hope that the situation
in Gaza will improve...and that will create a new atmosphere in
"To offend the Turks is no small
matter. Israel cannot afford to ignore the warning or sweep it under the
carpet. Turkey has for many years been Israel’s main regional strategic
partner -- indeed its only one since the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979.
Losing Turkey could turn out to be the worst setback Israel has suffered
for a very long time.
"Turkey’s army is the largest in the region;
so is its industrial base. Its GDP, at over $1,000 bn (in 2008) dwarfs
that of the oil producers, whether Arab or Iranian, and is four times
larger than Israel’s own. In recent years, Turkey has greatly improved its
relations with Iran and with neighboring Arab states -- Syria in
particular -- and is emerging as the wise 'big brother' of the greater
Middle East. It has offered to mediate local conflicts and is attempting
to spread stability and security all around it." 
With the Fayyad Plan gaining steam and a 'big brother' like Turkey,
peace in the Holy Land no longer seems to be just a pipe dream.
When you've seen beyond yourself-then you may find, peace of mind is
And the time will come when you see; We're all one, and
life flows on within you and without you.-George Harrison, 1967
THE ATTACK ON THE LIBERTY: The Untold Story of Israel’s Deadly 1967
Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship by James Scott. Simon & Schuster, June
Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org
A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com
Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's'
Life in Occupied Territory"
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13
Minutes with Vanunu"
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our power to begin the world again."-Tom Paine