No strong will to heal the Palestinian wound – OpEd – Eurasia Review
In modern history, all armed conflicts have been resolved in one way or another after a few years, but the Palestinian question has been hurtful for over seven decades. Why?
There are many reasons. The most important reason, however, is the unwarranted and unconditional support for Israel by the United States and some countries in Western Europe. In recent years, some Eastern European countries have also followed in the West’s footsteps by unreasonably supporting Israel.
The unwavering support for Israel, which is contrary to international law and human rights, has made Tel Aviv more arrogant and more aggressive in pursuing its illegal activities. In fact, the West has spoiled Israel.
If these countries, especially the United States, are serious about healing the Palestinian wound, they can pressure Tel Aviv to accept UN Security Council resolutions and return the land it occupied. during the 1967 war.
In 1967, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 242 calling for the exchange of land for peace. Again in 1973, the Security Council passed Resolution 338 directing Israel to withdraw from the lands it had occupied.
Israel rejected any proposal to end the conflict and never really sought a relatively just peace.
The “land for peace” initiative, known as the Arab Peace Initiative, proposed in 2002 by Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah has been killed. However, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said this was not the case. This could lead to a permanent resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. After the initiative was presented, Sharon simply tried to hijack the situation by offering to meet with Abdullah, who was the de facto ruler of the Saudi Kingdom.
The initiative was endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 at the Beirut summit and reapproved at the Arab League summits of 2007 and 2017.
He called for Israel’s complete withdrawal from the occupied territories, for a “just settlement” of the Palestinian refugee problem based on UN Resolution 194, and for the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The Arabs have said they will recognize Israel if it accepts the initiative and returns to the pre-1967 borders.
Yet every time Israel has effectively undermined the chances of peace.
Israel also killed the Oslo accords which demanded that Israel withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza Strip and allow the creation of an autonomous and interim Palestinian authority for a five-year transition period.
In addition, the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations worked together as the Middle East Quartet to develop a roadmap to peace in 2003. While Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas accepted the text, Sharon rejected it. The timeline called for a final agreement on a two-state solution in 2005.
In addition, envoys from more than 70 countries gathered in Paris in 2017 to discuss the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the talks “rigged” against Israel.
If Israel had not received so much indisputable support, it certainly could not have behaved like this.
As people around the world wished for an end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was fueling the fire. The move prompted Palestinian leader Abbas, known as a moderate and defender of the negotiations, to say that the measures “undermine all peace efforts.”
There is no prospect of peace. During the recent war between Israel and Gaza, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited Israel to express his support for Israel. His visit was an example of open support for spoiled Israel which kills any chance of peace and keeps the Middle East unstable.
Maas is smart enough to know where the problem lies. He knows very well that if a solution is not found for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it will not be possible to imagine an end to the cycle of violence. However, such open support will not help bring peace.
According to DW, during his visit to Tel Aviv, Maas said: “We are convinced that a life in security and peace will only be possible in the long term if Israelis and Palestinians on both sides can live in the city. self-determination. ”
But will Berlin really push for such a policy or has its behavior already shown such a thing?
Maas and other German politicians have heard or read in history books that some historians believe WWII is rooted in the Treaty of Versailles in which the Allies imposed heavy sanctions on Germany.
History teaches us good lessons. Psychologically speaking, Maas knows that putting 2 million people in a cage in Gaza, forcibly evicting people from their homes in Jerusalem, annexing more land in the West Bank, and treating them inhumanely will eventually blow them up.
Greta Berlin, an American author, journalist and activist now living in Nice, France, told The Tehran Times that Israel “cannot afford to alienate 7 million Palestinians living in Israel and the occupied territories.”
The West has also been talking for many years about a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Once again, feeling assured of firm support from the West, Israel abandoned any initiative aimed at allowing the establishment of a Palestinian state.
After speaking with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on May 23, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted: “It is everyone’s responsibility to build something more positive: Palestinians and Israelis deserve equal opportunity measures, of safety and dignity. “
But it’s hard to believe that Maas and Blinken’s remarks are not sincere because successive governments in the United States and Germany have encouraged Israel in its illegal actions that are contrary to international law and international humanitarian law.
If it is truly a matter of dignity, Maas and Blinken were expected to strongly condemn the forced eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem. This time, in fact, it was mainly because of this expulsion that clashes resumed between the Palestinians and Israel.
Amid the war between the Palestinians and Israel, the Biden administration approved the sale of $ 735 million of precision-guided weapons to Israel. This decision was another concrete example that made Israel aggressive and a proof that the West is not sincere in its slogans for peace.
The Biden administration’s move, which is much better in approach than Trump’s, has even sparked protests from some House Democrats against the US government’s support for the right-wing Israeli prime minister. They said the United States could not morally send American-made weapons to Israel at a time when it was carrying out airstrikes that were killing civilians.
For decades, the United States has provided Israel with highly advanced weapons, giving it a military advantage over its neighbors. Germany also sells advanced weapons, including submarines, to Israel.
If such a policy is followed by the West, we should expect an outbreak of violence between Israel and the Palestinians at any moment. Supporting sinister and treacherous extremists like Netanyahu will only allow the cycle of violence to persist.
* MA Saki is a political analyst