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Obama, Abbas, & Netanyahu in New York:
Another Farcical Show
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, September 23, 2009
One doesn’t have to be a prophet to
predict the outcome, or more correctly failure, of the three-way meeting
between President Obama, the Israeli premier Benyamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (whose term in office
expired in January 2009), which took place in New York on Tuesday.
The meeting comes on the heels of two important events: First the nearly
total failure of Obama’s personal Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell,
to convince the extremist Israeli leadership to freeze Jewish settlement
expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Mitchell met numerous
times with Israeli officials in the hope of convincing them to walk in the
path of peace. However, instead of listening to Mitchell, who represents the
President of Israel’s guardian-ally, Israeli leaders chose to announce fresh
settlement expansion plans every time the American diplomat arrived in
Moreover, the numerous promises made to Mitchell with
regard to a settlement freeze, even including the pledged dismantling of
so-called illegal outposts, have all failed to materialize.
one can assume that the New York meeting is actually a timely recognition by
the Obama administration of the utter failure of Mitchell’s shuttle
Second, the three-way encounter comes a week after the
publication of the Goldstone’s Commission report which asserted that Israel
knowingly and deliberately committed war crimes and crimes against humanity
during the December-January blitz against the Gaza Strip.
to say, during the Nazi-like onslaught, the Israeli army, or Jewish
Wehrmacht, murdered, maimed and incinerated thousands of innocent
Palestinians. In addition, thousands of buildings, mostly civilian
infrastructure such as homes, mosques and schools were utterly bombed and
This is not Arab propaganda. Any human being can travel
to Gaza and see for himself or herself the huge magnitude of the shocking
For those who can’t travel to the besieged coastal
territory, they can have access to “Google Earth” and see for themselves.
The important thing is not to succumb to the Zionist hasbara machine. These
people lie as often as they breathe, to put it mildly.
therefore shameful and immoral for the American President, who had promised
ad nauseam that decency and dignity would loom large in his administration,
to invite and welcome the leader of a criminal entity whose modus operandi
continues to consist of murder, lie and land theft.
forces many to pose the following question: What would it take to get the
Obama administration to adopt a meaningful stand against Israeli
expansionism, racism and bellicosity?
Obama is not a stupid man. He
must be fully aware of the twisted modes of Israeli thinking. Even a brief
argument with an Israeli leader or diplomat would reveal the striking
morbidity of the Zionist mentality.
This is why it is hard to
fathom how an intelligent man continues to believe that the
fudge-and-compromise approach would still be working with such racist-minded
Zionists who think that the entire universe was created for the sake of the
My prediction of the New York encounter’s failure is not a
matter of soothsaying. It is rather a careful reading into consistent
Israeli political behavior since time immemorial. To put it simply, Israel
will not give up the spoils of the 1967 war, unless it is forced to. Israel
will not give up the bulk of Occupied East Jerusalem unless it is forced to.
Israel will not allow the thoroughly-savaged refugees to be repatriated to
their former homes and villages unless it is forced to. Finally, Israel will
not remove these children of rape, otherwise known as “settlements” unless
it is forced to.
In light, it is perfectly legitimate to wonder if
the US which has been utterly unable to get Israel to stop the construction
of even a few settler buildings in East Jerusalem, or even in the rest of
the West Bank, would ever be able to compel the Zionist regime to undo
the entire Zionist project.
This is why one must always be cautious
and realistic when appraising the inherently oblique
American-Israeli-Palestinian axel. In particular, one must resist the
temptation of thinking that the US is the dominant player in this scandalous
tripartite game of conspiracy, bullying, betrayal, domination, and
President Obama might be tempted to view with favor
misleading Zionist arguments that the Palestinians would have to compromise
and give concessions just as Israel is demanded to give concessions.
But this argument is inherently mendacious and unfair. After all, Israel has
been devouring rather gluttonously the contested piece of cheese for many
decades, so much so that very little of it has been left anyway.
Hence, the question that imposes itself on the conscience of conscientious
men and women around the world, people who value honesty and justice, is
whether it is fair and just to divide the remaining little of the proverbial
cheese between Israel and the savaged Palestinians.
Zionist Jews usurped our country, committed hideous massacres, destroyed our
homes and villages before deporting the majority of native
Palestinians to the four corners of the globe.
The Nakba was
our national catastrophe and in a certain sense was our holocaust as well.
The harsh impact of this cardinal disaster remained relevant today as it was
more than 60 years ago.
However, instead of seeking genuine
reconciliation with the Palestinians, if only by recognizing their basic
human rights, successive Israeli leaderships constantly sought to consummate
Zionism by trying to effect our national annihilation.
infamous Gold Meir claim that the Palestinians didn’t exist? Don’t the
shipyard dogs of Zionism continue to this day to argue that a Palestinian
state never existed as if people not confined into a nation-state structure
didn’t have the right live on their respective homelands?
As to the
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, it is crystal clear he is not the best
person to lead his people and represent their enduring aspirations for
freedom and justice. He is not an eloquent tongue that would fearlessly
defend our people’s cause nor is he a tough and principled
leader who wouldn’t budge under pressure.
Moreover, Abbas stands at
the helm of an entity whose very survival depends to a large extent on the
“good will” and politically-motivated charity provided by western countries
and their Arab puppet regimes.
This is why it is extremely important
that the Palestinian people must closely monitor Abbas’s behavior in the
coming weeks and months. I am saying this because in the absence of a
clarion, determined and collective “NO” to any prospective concessions by
the PLO leadership, especially with regard to our national constants,
Netanyahu and his criminal comrades could have their way of imposing de
facto capitulation on an un-sovereign leadership that is more concerned
about defeating Hamas than ending the Nazi-like Israeli occupation of our
In the final analysis, people whose aspirations don’t go
beyond owning a smart car and having a hefty salary at the end of the month
can’t be entrusted to be honest representatives of the Palestinian people.
And a final word to the new Fatah leadership. You repeatedly described
yourselves as the new patriotic leadership of the Palestinian people. We
listened to you with indifferent silence because we didn’t believe a word of
what you were saying.
Now it is your turn to prove us wrong.