Palestinian hopes lie with U.S., not U.N.

  • Article by: STEVE HUNEGS
  • Updated: December 3, 2012 - 6:48 PM

Working with, not against, America is the path to peace and autonomy.

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alocheDec. 3, 12 8:27 PM

This article constructs an incredibly simplistic, uncritical and essentially wrong account. Often one will discover stories such as this which attempt to legitimate core points with sparse and uncritical history and a one sided accounts of the facts. The point which always gets me is that Palestine refused an offer of statehood in 2009. This offer also entailed no control over their own borders, no control over their own airspace, and the remaining in place of various roads, checkpoints and settlements which carve up the West Bank such that it looks very similar to South Africa some three decades ago. I wonder why they didn't accept that deal? On the necessary role of America. Look, America has been part of this process for decades and has never been a neutral party. The reality is that the America political class is far more invested in Israel than Palestine, partly because of American Middle-East strategy, and partly because of the lobbying power of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which has donated substantially to all key politicians. Given the nature of political incentives in American politics, I wonder whether America would continually use their VETO in the UN security council to block Palestine issues if there was a well-financed Palestinian lobby? As it stand, American can not be relied upon to broker peace. One last thing. What i don't like about most writing about this issue is the ignorance of power relations. It's not like both sides have equal power, resources and bargaining chips. Israel is incredibly powerful: it is a UN recognised state (achieved through a means not dissimilar to how Palestine are going about things),it has a huge military, and it has a robust economy. The West Bank has been occupied by fenced roads, annexation walls, settlements, and check-points. This has crippled its economy. It has no comparative military force. It has no sovereign political framework, and is not recognised substantively by the UN. Yes, some Palestinians turns to terrorism. This is abhorrent, and I reject it completely. But the fact of terrorism does not mean millions of innocent people should suffer under an un-equal political faceoff.

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comment229Dec. 4, 12 5:14 AM

"For the Palestinians, only the United States has the capacity through diplomacy and creativity -- in conjunction with other well-meaning parties -- to solve the great issues outstanding between Israelis and Palestinians." This is wrong in two respects. First, the USA has been trying to broker a deal on this for as long as I can remember only to see the Israeli government publicize peace in our time and then move right back to the same policies that cause the problems. Second, there is only one issue here to be discussed and that is a two state solution. The ONLY people who control this destiny is the state of Israel and for lack of a better word, this country has become greedy. I have personally done the research into the Palestinian cause and what you see on TV and what our media would have you believe is biased at best. There are quite a few Americans that have now had enough of Israel and red lines. No, the ball is in Israel's court and has been for years. They just refuse to do anything about it except complain about the nasty Palestinians. Sorry, I am just not buying it any longer. I am not ready to fly a Palestinian flag in my front yard, but I sure have had enough of American aid to Israel. A two state solution, IS the only answer. Pulling back to the 1967 borders HAS to happen. Until then, there is little to no chance of peace so why are articles like this written? I suspect there is tremendous political pressure in Washington to keep sending aid to Israel and with that, and waving the flag, and calling them our "allies" just makes it all worse and takes away from the real problem and the real solution.

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mruniverseDec. 4, 12 7:52 PM

I believe that it is Israel that is going against the United States policy by going on of building illegal settlements despite our clear wishes and compelled the Palestinians to go to the United Nations the same way Israel went to the UN in 1948. In addition, the United States was compelled to stand alone and isolated to defend Israel's irrational and racist policies towards the Palestinians, even our closest allies like Britain don't share our blind support to Israel due to AIPAC's unfair pressures. It is also worth mentioning that the people who mediate between Palestinians and Israelis on the behalf of the US are staunch supporters of Israel with clear biased agenda in favor of Israel. Example, Dennis Ross was a student in Israel and Martin Indyk who was the AIPAC chair. So American has never appeared to the Palestinians as "honest broker" because many times they adopted the Israeli positions and language. Therefore, I believe the whole conflict must be solved on the basis of legal parameter and not political solution because the political aspect of it is so tainted with bias and ill-will that is impossible to reach a fair agreement. Israel should have nothing to hide or fear if the Palestinians take it to court to challenge it Apartheid and racist policies if Israel thinks the Palestinians are wrong (And let the Israelis take the Palestinians to court as well if they think they have a case).

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