It has been evident for some time that the powers that be within the international Zionist movement have decided to manage the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; not solve it. They could have moved towards solving it after the Oslo Accords in 1993 and 1995. They could have moved towards solving it after the Arab Peace Initiative in 2002 that was subsequently called the 57-state solution; referencing all Arab and Muslim countries that endorsed and adopted the Initiative. Instead, Zionist leaders seem to have decided that it would be more “profitable” and more beneficial for them to keep the conflict alive and manage it by dealing with all new developments in accordance with what they consider to be the best interest of the state Israel. Israeli leaders dealt with the endless charade of “peace process” as part and parcel of managing the conflict; not solving it. They preferred a permanent “peace process” that never brings the conflict to an end; it just attempts to sometimes soften the harsh impact of the oppressor’s actions against the oppressed with all parties acknowledging that oppression is the norm in the relationship. As one Palestinian put it, the Israelis took three-quarters of the “Pizza” and started negotiating on the fourth quarter while continuing to eat that last quarter.
And since they enjoy the unconditional support of the only super power on the planet as well as various levels of support of all other powerful countries, including the covert support of many Arab and Muslim countries, the Zionists do not feel the urgency of having to solve the conflict. They have successfully employed Jewish suffering over the centuries; including the Holocaust of the last century to serve their purposes, thereby securing the support that we witness at various levels today by all world powers to the state of Israel. With that overwhelming support, that is – strangely enough – always denied by Israeli leaders, there is no urgency or motive in the Zionist’s agenda to solve the conflict. Simply put, using the language of the powerful, there is no incentive for them to solve the conflict; for there is no room in their minds to human values or to doing good, especially while facing what they consider to be existential threats. Most Zionists seem to believe that they can manage the conflict until the end of time; all they need to do in the meantime is keep the state of Israel strong militarily and economically.
The Zionists do not trust anyone, especially Palestinians. They believe that all non-Jews are up to destroy Jews and Judaism, and the state of Israel is only the first target. They are terrified and see every threat – no matter how minor it might be – as an existential threat; even the birth of a Palestinian baby is seen by them as an existential threat to the Jewish character of the state of Israel. With that in mind, they feel that the only viable path forward for them is a continuous war with non-Jews. This war takes many shapes, and its ugliest form is the one waged against Palestinians whom they see as the imminent existential threat to their dream of a “pure” Jewish state, in which Jews can “finally” live in peace and security away from all dangers.
Many Jews, including some Zionists, understand the paranoia felt by Zionist leaders and consider such ideology to be absurd and dangerous as in reality it has the potential of putting the lives of millions of Jews at risk. But there aren’t enough of those to force decision makers among the Zionist apparatus to take a different direction.
That is why future – especially near future – of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict looks bleak. However, the hope remains that – sooner or later – humanity within us all will win. When that hope is realized, the principle of equal humanity for all will flourish. Unfortunately, that day seems far away in the distant future; but that ray of hope is strong enough to reach us, in the here and now, so that we can see that promising future for all Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others living together in the Holy Land as equal human beings.
Am I dreaming of Utopia? Maybe; but it beats living with despair each and every time!
Hope is the stuff from which life is made!