Why Israel is Not Interested in Peace

The Palestine Chronicle, Sep 9 2014


In a recent interview with BBC’s Jon Donnison, Israeli police spokesperson, Micky Rosenfeld tells him that the men who killed the three Israelis were “definitely lone cell, Hamas affiliated but not operating leadership.” He goes on to state that “if kidnapping had been ordered by Hamas leadership, they [Israeli government] would have known about it in advance.” So, what was the point of this latest Israeli aggression? [...]

The point was to annihilate any possibility of a united Palestinian government which can ultimately represent itself at negotiations for a peace settlement. Hamas’s participation in the unity government with Fatah necessarily entailed Hamas’s endorsement of negotiation along the lines of the two-state solution as laid out by UN Res 242. As a matter of fact, Khaled Meshal, Hamas’ political leader based in Qatar, has explicitly endorsed the two state solution. [...]So, Israel should rush to accept this latest development in Palestinian politics, yes? They should, but they won’t.

[...] The PA, in its appeasement, went so far as to delay the UN vote on the Goldstone report incriminating Israel in massive war crimes during the ’08-’09 massacre. Israel, once again, would reject these concessions by the Palestinians and as the then Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni candidly said, “I don’t believe in law, international law in particular.”

The exponential growth in settlements in the West Bank and frequent bombardment of Gaza reaffirms Israel’s disinterest in peace. It seeks to maintain and expand its settler colonial project and dismantle all the pre-existing UN resolutions passed supporting the right of a Palestinian state to exist. Prime Minister Netanyahu, in a recent interview, made his position clear in that “there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.” It doesn’t require any distinguished analyst to read in between the lines of such a quote. He makes Israel’s position blatant; we do not support the right of a sovereign Palestinian state to exist. Hence the real question is: how can any side, whether it is the Palestinians, Arabs, Europeans, or Americans deal with an unwilling Israeli government?

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