Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Does the PA want a deal with Israel by hook or
By Khalid Amayreh
in occupied Palestine
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 9, 2012
A third meeting between Israeli and Palestinian Authority (PA)
officials in Amman has ended without results or, more correctly, without
progress. The two other previous meetings also met the same fate.
fourth meeting is reportedly planned for next week, which suggests that the
PA leadership has not completely lost faith in the essentially futile talks
which have been going on for years with no sign that the apartheid Israeli
regime is willing to give up the spoils of the 1967 war. Far from that, the
Zionist regime is slowly but definitely liquidating the Palestinian cause
and by making the creation of a real Palestinian state on the West Bank
utterly unrealistic if not outright impossible.
Needless to say,
under the rubric of "peace talks" and "negotiations," Israel has been busy
creating facts on the ground all over the West Bank and East Jerusalem,
stealing more Palestinian land, demolishing more Palestinian homes,
vandalizing Palestinian groves and, of course, building and expanding Jewish
Palestinian negotiators tried so hard to gain the status of
"equal partner" vis-à-vis Israel. However, thanks to Israeli intransigence
and arrogance of power, Israel never treated Palestinian negotiators more
than they deserved (from the Israeli view point), namely that the
Palestinians are vanquished supplicants, begging Israel for the oxygen of
This disgraceful treatment manifested itself this week when the
Israeli occupation authorities withdrew "VIP" treatment from AP Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas. The deliberate and humiliating measure, which would limit to
the minimum Abbas's freedom of movement, including his ability to travel
within the occupied territories, epitomizes PA subservience, dependence on
Abbas, hopelessly addicted to fruitless and insincere peace
talks with the Zionist regime, has been quoted as saying that the "peace
talks are important, although chances for success are slim."
chance must be taken advantage of, no matter how weak hopes are."
Such platitudes have been heard ad nauseam from the PLO Chairman ever since
he succeeded the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Palestinian leader seems out of touch with certain realities. First, he
doesn't realize that holding successive meetings with Israel, even under
Jordanian stewardship and even under the misleading title of "talks" rather
than "negotiations," constitutes a serious concession and retreat for the
Palestinians and their just cause.
Indeed, PA officials, including
Abbas, never missed an opportunity to stress and swear they wouldn't agree
under any circumstances to resume peace talks with the Zionist entity as
long as the latter didn't agree to freeze settlement expansion.
Israel, of course, never agreed to freeze settlement expansion. The opposite
is true, as the current Israeli government, arguably the most hawkish and
Nazi-like ever since the creation of the criminal entity, embarked on a
frantic and phenomenal settlement expansion drive encompassing the entirety
of the West Bank.
As to East Jerusalem, the contemplated capital of
the contemplated Palestinian state, Israel has effectively completed the
Judaizing process as the process of seizing Arab homes and property and
handing them over to Jewish land thieves continues unabated.
there is no doubt that Israel is using meetings with the PA, direct or
indirect, to give the world, especially the international Quartet, a false
impression that peace talks are underway and that there is no point in
putting pressure on Israel at least in the duration of talks.
seems the Zionist regime has effectively succeeded in this effort, with the
Europeans and especially Americans refusing to chide Zionist officials in
spite of the phenomenal settlement aggrandizement and other unmitigated
measures aimed at narrowing Palestinian horizons and decapitating whatever
possibility there still is for the establishment of a viable Palestinian
According to the Ynet news.com, Israel continued its efforts
to strip the PA politically naked by demanding that the ongoing talks in
Amman be considered formal negotiations than just talks.
PA is resisting the Israeli ruse, but observers are prompted to ask what
differences are there between protracted talks and negotiations when a
second, third and fourth meetings are planned to take place and when
fundamental contentious issues are discussed.?
It is also true that
the PA position is pathetically weak, especially in the face of the Zionist
entity which tightly controls the policies and politics of the United
States, Israel's ultimate guardian-ally and bankroller.
PA should have understood a long time ago that linking the Palestinian
cause, including negotiations with Israel, to the American-Israeli equation
is a colossal disaster.
Thus, keeping up this repugnant modus
operandi, whereby Israel continues to carve and devour more and more
Palestinian land while the PA continues to indulge in pointless and
fruitless talks with Israel, during which the same arguments are made and
same platitudes are repeated, can only mean one thing, namely the end of
Palestinian dreams for establishing a viable and territorially contiguous
No Palestinian, or Arab or Muslim expects Chairman
Abbas to transform himself into another Salahuddin (Saladin). However, all
Palestinians do expect Abbas to say "No" to Israeli exploits, lies and
conspiracies. Failing to do so would only imprint an indelible blot of
disgrace on the entire PA regime.
We expect Abbas to refuse adamantly
participation in peace talks or negotiations for the sake of talks.
We expect Abbas to resist arm-twisting from friend and foe alike, especially
when the vital interests of our people are at stake.
We also expect
Abbas to be honest and straightforwardly frank with our people.
all, we expect the Palestinian leadership to have Plan-B in case it becomes
crystal clear that peace with Israel is an illusion, a truth that only fools
and imbeciles don't see.
The lamentable fact is that the PA doesn't
possess such a plan, which really makes every honest person seethe with
anger at that leadership.