The Palestinians’ only option

In the final countdown to the UN General Assembly vote on recognition of Palestine as a non-member state, the PLO has indicated that it’s expecting “a pleasant surprise”, it being the number of European countries which will not do Zionism’s bidding on this occasion and will vote for the resolution. Victory for the Palestinians in this forum can be taken for granted, and it will help to further isolate the Israel of Netanyahu as a pariah state, but… It won’t be, can’t be, a substitute for a viable strategy to secure justice for the Palestinians.

In my analysis the Palestinians now have only one option.

For starters it requires the PLO to recognize and declare that the two-state solution is dead (not least because no Israeli prime minister is going to trigger a Jewish civil war in order to end the occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem).

Then what?

The next step should be winding up the Palestine Authority and handing total responsibility for the occupation back to Israel.

That would open the door to what I believe to be the only viable strategy for the Palestinians if they are ever to obtain justice.

With the two-state solution not only dead but formally buried, they could then campaign, with growing global support, for equal rights and security for all in one state (all of pre-1967 Israel plus all of the West Bank plus the Gaza Strip).

In one or two decades at the most, because the Palestinians would outnumber the Jews, one state would mean the end of Zionism, but it would also open the door to real security for the one state’s Jews.

As I have previously written and never tire of saying, the Jews are, generally speaking, the intellectual elite of the Western world. And the Palestinians are by far the intellectual elite of the Arab world. What they could do together in peace and partnership in one state really is the stuff that dreams are made of. They could change the region for the better and by doing so give new hope and inspiration to the whole world.

As things are and look like going, and given that the Palestinians are never going to surrender to Zionism’s will by accepting crumbs from its table, the only alternative to one state for all is a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine. That might buy Zionism some more time for the short term, but in the longer term it would most likely guarantee that the rising global tide of anti-Israelism was transformed into classical anti-Semitism, setting the stage for Holocaust II, shorthand for another great turning against Jews everywhere, and starting quite possibly in America.

The question arising from the summary analysis above is this. Where does UN General Assembly recognition of Palestine as a non-member state fit into what I have proposed?

Answer – it does not fit.

So what use could “President” Abbas make of it when he gets it?

When announcing that he was winding up the Palestine Authority and handing responsibility for the occupation back to Israel, he could say to the world something like this: “We are truly grateful for this recognition of our rights and claim for justice, but we must also be realistic. Zionism has no interest in a two-state solution so we must move on. One state with equal rights for all is the only way of preventing a catastrophe for all.”

 

 

26 comments on this post.
  1. Rehmat:

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) has long became a liability to Palestinian cause. It should have been disbanded long time ago. It’s kept alive by the US-EU-Israeli axis of evil. PA president, Mahmoud Abbas, who lost his mandate in January 2009 – has since proven to be a western double agent.

    A ‘non-member’ status at the UN will not bring dignity or liberation to the starving Palestinians who have become strangers in their ancestral land.

    During the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza, Mahmoud abbas played the part of an armchair warior. However, Palestinians saw that this barking dog has no teeth to bite.

    The so-called “two-state solution” is a myth from day one. It’s coined to buy more time for the Zionist regime to grab the remaining 22% Palestinian land.

    Personally, I believe in the ‘option’ of a democratic one-state Palestine, based on ‘one-vote- one person’ with equal rights for all its citizen, dismantling of racist Zionist political parties and Israel Occupation Force (IOF), right of return for the natives and suitable compensations for their loss of properties to the Jew settlers – and of course the dismantling of country’s nuclear arsenal. All those racist Jews, who don’t want to live in peace with the natives – they should be allowed to migrate back to their ancestral lands – Germany, Russia, Poland, France, the UK, the US, etc. – as many White settlers did in South Africa, Algeria and India. In fact, Professor Edward Said had predicted long time ago that the great majority of Israeli Jews would rather prefer to live under Muslim rule in Palestine than going back to their ancestral western homeland where they know anti-Semitism would be waiting for them.

    http://rehmat1.com/2010/06/18/palestine-the-third-option/

  2. ontogram:

    Your ideas are right on; however, I think the Zionists will choose to exterminate Palestinians worldwide, as possible. I think that this is pretty much policy right now only in slo mo. Under crisis, the policy would become more direct and aggressive. I think we must all figure out now how we can oppose this “final solution.” Maybe BDS, maybe armed intervention, maybe nothing…I just don’t know. Zionism is not going to tolerate a bi-national state so it has to be called out, as you suggest, and then defeated somehow.

  3. Confoundmeonce:

    Alan,You are So Right in all your Observations of this On-going World – Provocation for WAR…That is Being Put On fire in That Place Called Israel. I don`t see The Palestinians Becoming Any more Lenient than They have been. Not for Peace..Not For Pacifism To these Zionists..Not even for Life. It is Long passed Due for israel to back off…And Out of Palestinian Land.. And Past Due time That This US of A.. Told b.netty to go Hang Himself..That No more of OUR Finances..Or The Blood of OUR Young Men is To be Spent On that Objective They Are Aiming for..OWO. NO MORE Zionism is DEAD and will soon be buried.

  4. Nomorenakba:

    Thank you so much for this post. Arguments against a single democratic state (with a constitution) would be quickly seen as racist if white supremacists used the same language. Is it so different when some Jewish people and many so-called progressive-left organizations openly declare fear of “demographics” and “loss of majority”?

    I’m embarrassed and disgusted that our own president bows to Netanyahu’s demand and refers to Israel as a “Jewish” state although some 20% of its citizens are non-Jewish. Even Truman didn’t do that.

  5. David Evans:

    Israel has successfully almost completed its suicide:

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/04/28/the-map-shows-palestinian-loss-of-land/

  6. george beres:

    A one-state solution is not viable if it must have the name of only Israel. While it still would be an injustice for Palestinians whose land was stolen from them by Zionists, a single state with the hypenated name, Palestine-Israel, is the only way to approach one state. To satisfy their own appetite for sovereign ande religious supremacy, Israelis must move away from Palestine, buying a new state where owners would be willing to sell. Perhaps central Africa. Or maybe a share of Texas, an area where Mexicans still have justifiable claim. – George Beres in Eugene, Oregon

  7. JACK DRESSER:

    As nomorenakba observes, there is no more telling evidence of Obama’s capitulation to The Lobby than his references to Israel as the “Jewish state.” When he first did so, I emailed him the question, “Mr. President, 20% of Israeli citizens are Palestinian Arabs. As a member of a 13% minority, how would you feel if foreign leaders referred to the US as a “white state”?

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  9. Vera Gottlieb:

    Recognizing Palestine at the UN, as a non-member state, is a step of many more yet to come. With all the hatred among israelis, a one-state is not the solution. Palestinians, then as now, would always be ‘second class citizens’. Go back to the 1967 borders and thus give Palestinians their own nation. The Western world rooted for the formation of israel – don’t Palestinians deserve this too?

  10. Chris Crookes:

    Dear Alan. I think many people are coming around to the one-state solution. But… Even if what you write were to actually happen, and a ‘one state’ solution was implemented and declared, what would happen to the two-tier discriminatory legal and education system; the apartheid, jew-only roads; the no-go areas for non-jews; the checkpoints; the wall?
    South Africa was only ‘one state’ but STILL it operated with a segregationist policy against blacks. What would stop this ‘one state’ not continuing with its oppression and retaining what has been stolen (land theft and apartheid settlements), etc.
    Looking at S. Africa today does not fill me with confidence for a fairer situation: SA got rid of Apartheid and even got a black ANC government but all the countries assets were and are still owned and controlled by whites. As Mandela said, he got the rule of the country but not the keys to the safe with all the countries wealth. The majority of blacks are no better off economically now than they were under Apartheid.
    I am genuinley asking how you see a one-state solution working if much of the land and the water and the wealth renmain owned and/or controlled by Jews?

  11. Nomorenakba:

    Vera, yours is an old argument that was used in both Apartheid So. Africa and in our own Jim Crow south to postpone and obstruct advocacy for integration. Our rights are not dependent on whether or not people like or hate us. As MLK stated, “It is true that behavior cannot be legislated, and legislation cannot make you love me, but legislation can restrain you from lynching me, and I think that is kind of important.” —MLK

  12. Herman King:

    Apartheid in South Africa at least kept the country from becoming the cesspool of crime and poverty it now is.

  13. Sandy Cheyne:

    There is one thing here which puzzles me. The way I see it, a two-state solution would only be possible if the Palestinian refugees were refused the right of return to their homeland. If they were allowed to return the Jews in Israel would find themselves in a minority and the Jewish State would cease to exist.

  14. Nels Wight:

    Makes a helluva lot of sense…Abbas, Hamas and Allah willing.

  15. David King:

    Well Alan; I agree. I have said much of the same before. The two state solution was never going to be implemented and cannot be now.

    A few points.

    I am angry as hell to hear last night that the Australian PM; Julia Gillard, was against supporting Palestine. If I get to see her in public I will let her know in clear language my opinion of that decision.

    I would like to address the myth of Jewish intelligence. I know many Jews and I have conversed with many zionists. I would say that they were weighted below average in intelligence.

    Another point mentioned by a few people concerned the distribution of assets. I am shocked that there is a suggestion that Palestinian people would have to purchase housing etc. The zionists government will need to pay compensation amounting to that taken in housing and other property as well as for crimes committed.

    On Holocaust II. I believe it will happen; that it will be less than 10 years away and that it will be perpetrated by Americans.

    Almost all zionist will move to the US; none will want to remain after the implementation of a single state solution and under a Palestinian government. This influx into the US and the treatment they will get from the US zionist government will fuel resentment amongst the US population. Broad publishing of material covering the financial burden of israel will follow; including the loss of life of their soldiers through zionists wars; the truth about 9/11 etc etc etc. AT this time the US will be a tinderbox brought about by it’s financial position.

  16. Rehmat:

    @David King – Late professor Edward Said (MIT) had claimed that if ever Palestine is ruled by a Muslim majority – the great majority of European Jews would prefer to stay in Palestine instead of moving back to their ancestral European lands – fearing that antisemitism would be waiting for them.

    This was one of the reasons, the European Jews refused to migrate to Birobidjan, the first Jewish state established by Stalin in Russia in 1934.

    http://rehmat1.com/2010/06/13/birobidjan-the-first-jewish-state/

  17. David Evans:

    That Abbas is being pressured into returning to “talks” (euphimism for cover for ongoing land theft by Israel) is indicative of the power of Zionist influence on outside governments that are exerting the pressure. Zionism is not about Israel-Palestine. It is a far more insidious force than is apparent by its regional criminal activity, as its tentacles reach into the very hearts of imperial powers, finance and media worldwide.

  18. David King:

    @Rehmat

    I remember reading not that long ago; of a poll conducted in zion. 40% of the population indicated that they would leave if a war started with Iran. This would indicate a willingness to leave rather than to tough out a situation.

    There are more things to consider. I will list a few things that come immediately to mind.

    1. Living closely with the native people. Once again polls conducted in the past show that zionists will not accept living in the same apartment block as a Palestinian. How much more uncomfortable will it be to not only share everything but to be outnumbered? Palestinian people in your schools; in your pools and entertainment areas. In your clubs; in your workplaces. Palestinians managing your day to day activities and holding power over you.

    2. Removed from you position of privilege. Losing your home; your job; your position in university etc.

    3. Facing criminal proceedings for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    4. Having your children grow up learning the true history of Palestine and the role you and your family played.

    5. Facing taunts from those Palestinians who lost family; property; who were imprisoned and tortured.

    6. Being treated as a second class citizen.

    7. Facing every day the realisation that you lost and will never gain respectability or your own country again.

    No; the zionists will scamper like cockroaches from the sunlight.

    I note that already the zionists in America are being considered a fifth column.

    http://irmep.org/fa.htm

  19. David King:

    On an unrelated topic.

    I just saw some Australian news.

    Aussie Zionists training to fight for Israel

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/15506979/aussie-zionists-training-to-fight-for-israel/

    At the bottom of the article is a related story.

    Carr warns Aussies not to fight in Syria

  20. Chris Crookes:

    “The results of a government survey show that over half of the population of South Africa lives in poverty in the wealthiest African nation.
    The national agency Statistics South Africa conducted the survey in 2009 and released the results on Tuesday.”

    The research showed that poverty levels in South Africa increased between 2006 and 2009.
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/28/274955/most-south-africans-live-in-poverty/

  21. David Evans:

    That Aussies are now training to defend Israel gives evidence that there is one overlooked huge stinking elephant in the room inferred by the following:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/11/14/jane-harmon

    http://neoconzionistthreat.blogspot.com/

    http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/02/08/i_d

    Zionism is not just about Israel and the Region. It has long ago metastasized, and is global; its tentacles worked deep withing all western governments, and the worldwide financial and media systems.

  22. David Evans:

    I see that the Aussie article refers to a few youthful confused Jews living in Australia, one of whom is very conflicted (he wants to fight, as he is a pacifist). While these people apparently aren’t Australian government sanctioned, this doesn’t negate my claim that Zionism is an international problem. I apologize for commenting on an article I had not yet read.

  23. David King:

    @ David Evans;

    I have no problem with zionists in Australia going off to war in ersatz israel. I do have a problem with them being able to return to Australia. Those who want to fight for another country should not be allowed to return to Australia. Nor should we pay any of there costs.

  24. David King:

    or their costs.

  25. David Evans:

    US citizens who go abroad to fight for their countries get attacked by Presidential drones.

  26. pete:

    I for one do not see the Palestinians ever getting their own state. The U.S. canada, and the rest of the zionist west do not have the balls to challenge Zionist nazi Israel. Think about it, The U.S cover up the most infamous of war crimes like the U.S.S. Liberty, the execution of 9 people on the Mavo Mamora including a young united states citizen. But lets face it Israel is above all international law. If by some freakish event Palestine would get complete statehood the nazi like settlers would kill them left and right and our government would say Israel has the right to defend it self. On the other hand Palestinians do not have the right to defend themselves because they are just cockroaches born only to be slaves to Israel. If God really did say you are the chosen people he must be sitting up there wringing his hands and thinking’ I really fucked up this time’

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