There is no example in history,of a people saying we agree to renounce our country, let another people come and settle here and outnumber us.
David Ben-Gurion 1944
Omar Karmi wrote this last April
Part of the reason for that, of course, is that a plan that offers Netanyahu everything he could possibly want, might just force him to finally and publicly declare what he wants.
We know what he wants. Everyone knows what he wants. The guy who hands out flyers for a local cleaning service knows what Netanyahu wants.
Netanyahu and the vast majority of Israelis – as evidenced by the fact that peace was not a campaign platform for any major party in Israel’s general election – want the land, all the land. But not the people. No, none of the people.
But you can’t say that in polite company. You have to, as Satloff knows, engage in decades-long, centuries-long, if need be, slow bleed of ethnic cleansing, masquerading as military occupation, masquerading as sham peace process to get to that stage.
You can’t simply come barging in with a plan that – reportedly – tells Palestinians they can’t have a state, they can’t have sovereignty, they can’t claim their right of return because they don’t have the same rights as other people, they can’t have equal rights with Israeli Jews because, well, see above point.
But, hey, here’s some money (that we will get from Arab countries) so you can fulfill your “full potential.”
It won’t fly.
For pity’s sake, even the Europeans have rejected it before seeing it.
The plan is dead in the water. Never before can a major foreign policy initiative have been so roundly dismissed ahead of publication.
Before it is even a deal, it is an ex-deal.
This is not a religious, ethnic or tribal dispute. This is about a clash of global ideologies: European/Western colonialist/corporatist/oligarchic dreams of world dominance versus indigenous sovereignty rights to self-determination. Jewish support for the Zionist state of Israel was born in the wake of the holocaust with a perceived need to preserve a people threatened with extinction. Since then, we have been witnessing those people perpetrating a similar genocidal program (though in slow motion) against another people (ironically with a very close genome to their own). As a result, many Jews can no longer support the apartheid state of Israel, and they no longer identify with the aims of the Israeli Zionist state.
Palestinians do have a very clear vision: They want their own state free from Israeli dominance and meddling. The “two state solution” has been eroded to the point of non-existence by the Israeli greed for all the land. So now, it is time to ponder what a true just and democratic state would look like, with full right of return for displaced Palestinians, with completely equal rights and with no priority placed on any religious, ethnic or cultural makeup of its population. The idea of a “Jewish” state is clearly antithetical to democracy and is already obsolete and non-viable in today’s world. South Africa’s process of moving out of an apartheid state into a democratic one is an important model in moving toward justice and equality for all.
Of course there is a solution andthe brilliant Edward Said wrote in 21 years ago in the New York Times (Jan10,1999)
There are Israeli Jews today who speak candidly about ”post-Zionism,” insofar as after 50 years of Israeli history, classic Zionism has neither provided a solution to the Palestinian presence nor an exclusively Jewish presence. I see no other way than to begin now to speak about sharing the land that has thrust us together, sharing it in a truly democratic way, with equal rights for each citizen.
One state is inevitable Israel and its enablers, particularly North American Jews who still cling to Zionism must give Zionism up in favour of a universal Judaism. Post Zionism as Said said is already here. Jewish Voice for Peace is leading the way
We have come to see that Zionism was a false and failed answer to the desperately real question many of our ancestors faced of how to protect Jewish lives from murderous antisemitism in Europe.
While it had many strains historically, the Zionism that took hold and stands today is a settler-colonial movement, establishing an apartheid state where Jews have more rights than others. Our own history teaches us how dangerous this can be.
The problem with Kushner’s plan is simple—it was Zionist but not Jewish.