Saturday, March 04, 2006

The High Cabal takes a nap

I’m going to quote a large portion of  “‘No negotiations’ with Hamas a red herring” by Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, published by the Sun-Sentinel, as I very much doubt that it will remain long on the internet:

“Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's assertion that Israel will not negotiate with a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority is a red herring. The truth is that for the last two years, Israel has not been negotiating with the existing Palestinian Authority anyway.

There has been no functioning Middle East peace process for years now. Israel has instead pursued a strategy of unilateral action to redraw borders, annex Palestinian land, and impose its own version of a ‘solution’ to the conflict.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was moving one-sidedly in the occupied territories - ‘disengaging’ from Gaza, expanding settlements and the separation wall, and preparing to annex huge swaths of Palestinian land. The moves are all aimed at consolidating an expanded Israeli state, including all major West Bank settlement blocs as part of Israel, and walling off the Palestinians into a set of divided cantons.

That strategy, based on separating Israel from the Palestinians physically and economically, and negotiating only with Washington, remains unchanged since Sharon's stroke.

The Hamas victory in the Palestinians' parliamentary elections may make it easier for the Israeli government to justify acting unilaterally, even though Hamas has maintained a year-long ceasefire while Israel has continued its policy of ‘targeted assassination.’

But the reality is that Israel has claimed to have ‘no partner’ for negotiations since the end of 2001, when the Palestinian Authority was dominated by the secular Fatah.”

and:

“Two years before Israel's 2004 assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi, he acknowledged ‘the main aim of the intifada is the liberation of the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, and nothing more. We haven't the force to liberate all our land. It is forbidden in our religion to give up part of our land, so we can't recognize Israel at all. But we can accept a truce with them, and we can live side by side and refer all the issues to the coming generations.’

In the meantime, the U.S. must not punish an impoverished occupied population because Washington doesn't like what democracy has wrought.”

The High Cabal must be sleeping on the job.  How the hell did they allow this kind of thing to make it into an American newspaper?  What with trying to keep Summers in Harvard, repressing the Rachel Corrie play, keeping ‘Palestine’ out of the Oscars, and David Irving, they must be exhausted. 

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