In the middle of euphoria surrounding the Palestinian leadership’s extraordinary efforts to attempt to gain membership at the UN next month (September 2011) – an effort that is doomed to failure before it started; thanks to the officially declared American veto and the lack of European support – a sober voice of reason comes around and offers a perspective that will be proven to be an accurate fore-reading, prophetic if you will, of history.
“Israel had planned for that  occupation long before the war. Military occupation is, by definition, regarded as a temporary state of affairs – and one would be stretching the definition to the point of fantasy to consider Israel’s presence in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem as still temporary after 44 years. Reality is much more accurately described as the crime of apartheid than that of military occupation.”
“After struggling to revive the peace process for two decades, the Palestinians have lost faith in the process as well as in those tasked with overseeing it, namely the Quartet –United States, Russia, the EU and the UN. For the entire period of the peace process, Israel ploughed forward with more land confiscations, more settlement building, more death and more destruction.”
“This move [to seek membership at the UN] gets an “A” for effort but is doomed to fail even if Palestine is admitted into the UN this year, next year, in five years or not at all. The realities on the ground have changed drastically since 1947. Israel, with blind US support, has succeeded in removing a two-state solution from the feasible options.”
“Now, the sooner Palestinians and Israelis realise that our destiny is to live together as equals, the sooner we can begin to rehabilitate our communities and build a single society whose citizens are all equal under law and equal as human beings.”
The following link connects to the article authored by Sam Bahour and published by the Guardian:
Read and reflect!
Hope is the stuff from which life is made!