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The Palestinian Arab-Israeli conflict for dummies (Part Four, 1992)

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Concluding the 3rd part. with the victory, in 1992, of the labourists – historically left – in the elections in Israel, I wrote that they were not necessarily favorable to a solution of the Palestinian problem. I did not write “to a favorable solution to the Palestinians,” but – whatever it may be – to a solution, in general, of the problem.
Really, there is a third alternative: accommodate, more or less consciously, to the no solution of the problem.
How it works? Just erase the word “peace” and write “peace plan”.

In fact, all projects of peace drawn up by the blockade Israel/USA, that were sponsored and publicized by the Israeli left, invariably have provided a path – usually greatly elaborated – in order to reach (if and when) the conditions that would enable those countries who dictate the rules, i.e. Israel and U.S., to not give anything up to the Palestinian people. Needless to add that a peace plan, if surreptitiously hindered, can go on forever without reaching peace.
This is not the literal sense, nor the spirit of UN resolutions. And the principle of self-determination of nations does not provide any obstacle course to achieve independence and peace. In the case of Palestine, then, there is also a need to give back land that no international standard, today, gives to the winner and occupying country. Then, it should be easy.
Give back to the Palestinians the lands occupied in 1967, rather then those established by the UN in 1947? And we all go home happy and contented? No way.

Leaving aside here (for convenience) the U.S. and Western interests in the Middle East, there is in fact in Israel those who think that stalling and getting along, as much as possible, you will end up granting the Palestinians less and less. And, on the other hand, those who think that – whatever the cost – it should not be giving anything up and fight to conquer the entire “land biblically assigned by God to the Jews.” In turn, on the Palestinian side, there are those who are convinced that the demographic imbalance, clearly in favor of the Palestinians, will eventually solve the whole issue with the numbers in ten or twenty years. These are just the most obvious problems.

Then there is the problem of Jewish settlers in the settlements into the occupied territories (in Gaza there were only about 7500, but in the West Bank are about two hundred thousand), which are placed there for some fifty years, because the Israeli government pushed them inside, and the problem of Palestinian refugees who are fifty or sixty years that are to walk around, because the Israeli government pushed them outside.

But as if this were not enough, the Palestinians do not actually have the resources and structures (political, social, economic, labor, etc.) to aspire – without outside help and in reasonable time – to independence or at least to not die of hunger and of riots. About 125 thousand Palestinians worked in Israel (before the second intifada, that of 2000, of which more later) and at home they cannot find anything to get by.
In any case, the Western bloc (at the moment), including Europe, and more than ever the U.S. and Israel, are not willing to risk the birth of a new alleged “rogue state” in the Middle East and the current situation is therefore a question of pure economic and military force (the stronger does whatever he wants), therefore of interest and opportunism.

Even just thinking about a possible solution to these and many other problems of the area would be aspire to the Nobel Prize (any). But if the West – and especially one or more European countries – begins to find it convenient a different economic, social and cultural life in Palestine (by investing there with both hands), after a transitional period of the Law of the Jungle, it could create the conditions for a peace instance. That would not be all bad.
We had come to 1992. Let’s step forward.


Written by pipistro

May 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Posted in Israel, Palestine

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