Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Israeli plan

Perhaps the main lie of Zionism is that the plight of the Palestinians is the unintended consequence of Israeli efforts to defend itself against Palestinian violence, violence that is entirely rooted in the fact that the Palestinians have never been able to accept the existence of Israel.  In fact, everything that has happened in the Occupied Territories has been part of an Israeli plan.  If you are so inclined, you could call the plan, and efforts of Israeli apologists to conceal it, a conspiracy.  From Alexander Cockburn (who notes that he was effectively a very early victim of the Lobby):

“. . . I published a long interview in the Voice in 1980 with the late Israel Shahak, the intrepid professor from Hebrew University.

It's slightly eerie now to look at what Shahak was saying back then and at the accuracy of his analysis and predictions: ‘The basic trends were established in '74 and '75, including settler organizations, mystical ideology, and the great financial support of the United States to Israel. Between summer '74 and summer '75 the key decisions were taken, and from that time it's a straight line.’ Among these decisions, said Shahak, was ‘to keep the occupied territories of Palestine,’ a detailed development of much older designs consummated in 1967.

Gradually, through the 1980s, very often in the translations from the Hebrew language press that Shahak used to send, the contours of the Israeli plan emerged, like the keel and ribs and timbers of an old ship: a road system that would bypass Palestinian towns and villages and link the Jewish settlements and military posts; ever-expanding clusters of settlements; a master plan for control of the whole region's water.”

and: 

“ . . . even in the testimonies that did get published here, what was missing was any acknowledgement of the long-term plan to wipe the record clean of all troublesome U.N. resolutions, crush Palestinian national aspirations, steal their land and water, cram them into ever smaller enclaves, ultimately balkanize them with the Wall, which was on the drawing board many years ago. Indeed to write about any sort of master plan was to incur further torrents of abuse for one's supposedly ‘paranoid’ fantasies about Israel' bad faith, with much pious invocation of the ‘peace process’.

But successive Israeli governments did have a long-term plan. No matter who was in power, the roads got built, the water stolen, the olive and fruit trees cut down (a million) the houses knocked over (12,000), the settlements imposed (300) the shameless protestations of good faith issued to the US press (beyond computation).

As the new millennium shambled forward, surely it became impossible to believe any Israeli claim to be bargaining, or even to wish to bargain in good faith. By now the ‘facts of the ground’ in Israel and the territories were as sharply in focus as one of Dali's surrealist paintings.”

and:

“The end of the story? I'd say the basic strategy is what it was in 1948: population transfer, to be achieved by making life so awful for Palestinians that most of them will depart, leaving a few bankrupt ghettoes behind as memorials to all those foolish hopes of a sovereign Palestinian state.”

The quantity of official forgetfulness about Israel is simply amazing.  The most recent example is the wall.  Critics of the wall claimed that it was just another land grab, and were called every variation of the term ‘anti-Semite’ or even worse, by Israel apologists, who loudly claimed that it was just intended for Israeli security.  Not that many months later, Israel announced that it was in fact permanently annexing the enclosed lands, and everybody seemed to forget the entire course of the earlier debate, including all the name-calling against people who were simply trying to point out the truth about a major injustice.  That’s why you have to ignore the name-calling:  it is the main weapon of those trying to impose the Israeli long-term plan on the Palestinians.

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