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Obama’s Israel Policy: Speak softly and carry a very big carrot.

By: Maidhc Ó Cathail.

Even those familiar with the long and shameful history of America’s appeasement of Israel were taken aback by the Obama administration’s extraordinary offer to Netanyahu.

In exchange for a paltry one-off 90 day freeze on illegal settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem), Israel will get 20 F-35 stealth fighter jets worth $3 billion and a slew of other goodies. Yet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly gave up to eight hours with Netanyahu trying to persuade him to accept “one of the most generous bribes ever bestowed by the United States on any foreign power.” Praising the Israeli Prime Minister for eventually agreeing to put the offer to his security cabinet, President Obama took it as “a signal that he is serious.”

But is there any reason to believe that Netanyahu is any more “serious” about consenting to the creation of a viable Palestinian state today than he was in 2001? In a video aired on Israel’s Channel 10 this summer, Netanyahu was seen during the second intifada bragging to West Bank settlers about how he had sabotaged the Oslo Accords. “I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 borders,” he told them. In that secretly filmed conversation, Netanyahu also revealed his dismissive attitude toward the United States. “I know what America is,” he said. “America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in the way.” (more…)

The Nakba is in its 63rd year: whither Palestine now?

By: Professor Muhammad Amara and Dr. Abdul Rahman Mari

Via: Middle East Monitor.

The Palestinian issue is at the centre of the conflict between Israel and the Arab world. Starting with the early Zionists’ lobbying around Europe’s capitals in the early twentieth century, through Britain’s “Balfour Declaration” and the break-up of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War; the League of Nations Mandate given to Britain, increased Jewish migration to Palestine and terrorism against the British and the Palestinians; and the establishment of the Zionist state of Israel in 1948, the issue played a massively important role in Middle East politics. Post-1948 and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and subsequent wars, Palestine is still the issue to be resolved if peace and stability is going to come to the region.

A struggle over the land is the essence of the Palestinian cause, and the establishment of a Jewish state on the land and in the homes of the Palestinian people following their displacement is the essence of the conflict with the Zionist movement. The Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948 provides a clear reference point for the loss of Arab hegemony and sovereignty over the land of Palestine, a land holy to Arab Muslims and Christians alike.

The occupation of more Arab land in the wake of the June 1967 war, and the complete occupation to the rest of Palestine changed the political discourse. We started to hear talk of establishing a Palestinian state within the cease-fire line of 1948-1967, in what is commonly called the West Bank plus the Gaza Strip. (more…)

Facts About Palestine

Palestine’s Geography
The location of Palestine is at the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Palestine is located to the south of Lebanon and to the west of Jordan. Palestine Geography consists of four regions in the country. The four regions of Palestine Geography are Jordan valley and Ghawr, coastal and inner plains, Mountain and Hills and Southern Desert. Palestine is also split into 8 governing districts Nablus and Jenin to the North, Ramallah and Jerusalem in the center, Jericho to the east, Bethlehem and Hebron to the south, and Gaza – located to the west of Israel.
The Palestinian territories are composed of two discontinuous regions: The West bank, including east Jerusalem, which has an area of 5655 square kilometers and a total population of 2.4 Millions according to 2009 statistics of Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics “PCBS”, and the Gaza Strip, which is a small enclave located to the south of the Palestinian coast, and has a total area of 365 square kilometres and a population of 1.5 millions according to the 2009 statistics of PCBS too.

Palestine’s History
The Palestinian territories, which were originally contained within the British Mandate of Palestine, fell under the control of Egypt and Jordan in the late 1940s, and captured and occupied by Israel following the 1967  War. In 1980 Israel claimed to annex East Jerusalem from the West Bank, but United Nations Security Council Resolution 478 declared this illegal and required that it be rescinded forthwith, while affirming that it was a violation of international law.
Following the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, portions of the territories have been governed in varying degrees by the Palestinian Authority, which was established according to these accords. Israel does not consider East Jerusalem to be part of the West Bank. Israel claims that both fall under full Israeli law and jurisdiction .This has not been recognized by any other country, since unilateral annexations of territory are prohibited by customary and conventional international law (more…)