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Lal Khan-Palestinian Emancipation: Negotiation or Revolution?

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      Written by Lal KhanFriday, 05 April 2013
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      President Obama�s recent visit to Israel and the �Palestinian Territories�
      has proved to be another abject failure in an obscene diplomacy being
      flaunted by US imperialism to end the conflict in the region. The only
      thing this visit brought to the fore is the sheer weakness of Obama and his
      policy of appeasing Zionist hawks as well as the US right. During the visit
      he reiterated over and over again that the USA was the best ally Israel
      could have and Washington would continue to support Israel come what may.
      In short, it was a high-profile visit by yet another US president with the
      same old failed message. In many ways, this visit was an endorsement for
      the Zionist state to continue its belligerent policies of occupation and
      repression of the Palestinian masses.

      [image: Barack Obama-Netanyahu and
      Obama]<http://www.marxist.com/images/stories/israel/Barack_Obama-Netanyahu_and_Obama.jpg>The
      new coalition government in Israel, which was hurriedly cobbled together
      ahead of Obama�s landing, consists of pro settlements hawks. The agenda of
      the current Israeli regime is like that of previous ones: mass evictions,
      arrests, the building of concrete walls around illegal settlements to
      fortify the occupation of Palestine. In spite of UN proclamations, Israel
      continues to extend Jewish settlements in the West Bank, endorsed by
      Western imperialism. The Palestinian Authority functioning under Israeli
      tutelage has just set one condition for the resumption of the �peace
      talks�: a freeze on the building of new settlements.

      However, President Obama instructed Mahmood Abbas, the nominal Palestinian
      President, to resume the �peace talks� unconditionally. There are 1.6
      million Palestinians in Israel, 2.6 million in the West Bank and another
      1.7 million in the Gaza strip. All are virtually prisoners of the Zionist
      state. Day to day life for Palestinians is a relentless agony of
      humiliations at check posts, disruption of television channels, the
      concrete wall that cuts through Palestinian areas, torture and wanton
      arrests.

      The 1960s and 70s have witnessed a radical phase marked by an armed
      struggle for the liberation of Palestine. However, this failed to dislodge
      the Zionist state. Paradoxically, the casualties among ordinary Israelis
      caused by individual terrorist attacks created fear that strengthened the
      brutal Zionist state. After the failure of this tactic the Palestinian
      leaders went to the other extreme of adopting a �negotiated settlement�
      under the auspices of the UN and Western Imperialism. Since the 1967
      Arab-Israeli war a number of peace plans and negotiations have taken place,
      but in vain.

      On 22 November 1967, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 242 which
      called for the �withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the territories
      occupied in the recent conflict.� After almost half a century, Israel has
      extended annexation as opposed to any withdrawal.

      After the Yom Kippur War in October 1973, the Camp David Accord was signed
      between the Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister
      Menachem Begin under the supervision of US president Jimmy Carter in
      November 1977. The Palestine question was ignored.

      The list of �peace� conferences and agreements is long: Madrid Conference
      in 1991, Oslo agreement of 1993, Camp David Talks in 2000, the �Quartet�
      Road Map of the UN, European Union, US and Russia, presented in 2001, the
      Saudi peace plan of 2002, the Geneva Accord of 2003, the Annapolis summit
      in 2007 and numerous other diplomatic manoeuvres besides UN initiatives,
      have utterly failed to address the Palestinian question and even make any
      real progress in its resolution.

      Obama is once again insisting on the resumption of �peace� talks between
      the Palestinians and the Zionist leaders, accentuating a two-state
      solution. Even if the Palestinians are granted an �independent� state, this
      will be a truncated, fractured state with no real power. Under the shadow
      of the belligerent intimidation of Israel�s military and economic might
      with imperialist backing the Palestinians would remain economically and
      politically pinioned. It will be a state with the authority of limited
      municipal status and functions. The present right-wing Prime minister of
      Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, is not enthusiastic about the two- state
      solution either. Ehud Olmert his predecessor spelt it out, �He has never
      made a clear cut commitment to the two states solution.� He insists that
      Israel must control the Jordan Valley as well as the airspace above the
      Palestinian territories. His party Likhud now calls for the Biblical myth
      of a �Greater Israel�.

      With the catastrophic economic crisis, defeats in Afghanistan, Iraq and
      diplomatic failures in Latin America etc, US imperialism is as Trotsky
      commented, �a monster with feet of clay.� The hawkish Israeli rulers are
      aware of this. Their attitude towards Obama is a manifestation of this
      reality.

      The Palestinian masses, besides the Israeli brutalities, have also been
      misused and abused by the reactionary Arab monarchs and despots. They have
      been used as an external ploy by these rulers to crush internal dissent.
      Even in the West Bank the leaders of the Palestinian Authority have been
      collaborating with the West and Israel. The Palestinian leaders have
      amassed wealth through corruption. There were several militant and angry
      protests against this regime during and after the wave of the Arab
      revolutions of 2011.

      The new rulers, emerging in the post-Arab spring, are hardly any different.
      If Hosni Mubarak was brutal, Morsi has proved to be even crueler. *The
      Economist*reported on March 9:

      �Worse for the Gazans, Egypt�s government recently took unusually severe
      measures to stop goods, including all the strip�s fuel needs and much of
      its material for building, being transported through tunnels under its
      border. Since late January, Egyptian army engineers have flooded the warren
      of tunnels with sewage, demolishing dozens of them�.Some (Hamas) leaders
      are resorting to more virulent Islamist language in order to fend off the
      charge of truckling to Israel�.Some Gazans have set fire to themselves in
      the hope of sparking a Tunisia-style uprising. A recent protest rally,
      where men and women mixed freely, was Gaza�s largest ever.�

      The two-state solution is a smoke screen to perpetuate the criminal
      occupation of Palestine. Israel, despotic Arab regimes and Sheikhdoms
      created, nurtured and supported by imperialism, will not allow the
      establishment of a Palestinian state. It is a utopian trance.

      The power recently displayed by the ordinary people of Israel on the
      streets of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, with more than ten percent of the
      population participating, have revealed another path to overthrow the
      reactionary Israeli state and the despotic regimes in the region. This
      movement, which was part of the 2011 upheaval in the Middle East, brought
      to the fore the reality that Israel, as any other country, is a class
      divided society with huge discontent among the majority of the population.

      The road to the national liberation of Palestine goes through the class
      struggle in Israel, as well as in the reactionary Arab regimes and on an
      international scale. A revolutionary victory in any major country will pave
      the way for a socialist federation that will ensure the social economic and
      national liberation of the oppressed people of the region.


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