Fri Dec 27, 2013, 11:48 AM
polly7 (19,811 posts)
Exposing the Phony 'Peace Process' in Israel-Palestine: Negotiators Have Been Warning 'Time Is
Running Out' for 30 Years
Mondoweiss / By Max Blumenthal
Exposing the Phony 'Peace Process' in Israel-Palestine: Negotiators Have Been Warning 'Time Is Running Out' for 30 Years
The popular refrain now holds little meaning, except maintenance of the status quo.
December 26, 2013 |
This piece originally appeared on Mondoweiss, and is reprinted here with their permission.
“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.”
— Golda Meir
Since the dawn of the peace process, serious men and women have warned that time was running out on a two state solution. If dramatic, urgent measures were not taken and painful compromises not made, the apocalypse would soon be upon us all. Though the peace processors rarely stated what the End of Days would look like, its form was always implied: The failure to establish a Palestinian state somewhere in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip would bring Israeli apartheid into the open, plunging the Jewish state into a crisis of legitimacy that would result in its rapid unraveling.
The transformation of an ethnically exclusivist Jewish state into a multi-ethnic confederation or democratic bi-national state is absolutely unacceptable to all parties involved in the peace process. That includes the Palestinian Authority, whose legitimacy rests on the notion that it will eventually become the steward of an autocratic Arab state with the consent of Israel and support from the U.S. and E.U. So as the facts on the ground render Palestinian statehood a fantasy, the peace processors must continually wind back the alarm clock on apartheid, indefinitely postponing the date with destiny to preserve the status quo and secure their paychecks.
Below, I have compiled news clippings dating back to 1981 that demonstrate the unusually fluid conception of time in the minds of the peace processors. Time may have run out long ago, but for them, it is never too late to negotiate.
Full article: http://www.alternet.org/world/exposing-phony-peace-process-israel-palestine-negotiators-have-been-warning-time-running-out?akid=11314.44541.XZBaqy&rd=1&src=newsletter940963&t=17&paging=off¤t_page=1#bookmark
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