Amira Hass: Completing the circle of proof
- Completing the circle of proof
By Amira Hass - Ha'aretz March 5, 2003
More than two years after the Camp David summit, most Israelis are
still convinced the Palestinians are to blame for the failure of the
talks, just as they are guilty in the renewed bloody conflict.
This is further proof, in the opinion of most Israelis, that the
Palestinians and their leadership have not changed their original
evil scheme to bring about the eventual establishment of a
Palestinian state from the Mediterranean to Jordan.
The rejection of Ehud Barak's proposals at Camp David is explained as
another illogical example of "the Palestinians never missing an
opportunity to miss an opportunity." Bringing up the issues of the
refugees and their right of return was presented by Israel as the
reason for the breakdown of the summit and as further proof of
uncompromising Palestinian irredentism.
The outbreak of demonstrations in September 2000 is explained as a
planned initiative of Yasser Arafat, further proof of his intention
to force an agreement on Israel, through force rather than
negotiations. The replacement of mass demonstrations by shooting at
soldiers and settlers in the West Bank and Gaza is further proof of
the treacherousness of the Palestinian Authority.
The shift of the Palestinians to terror attacks within Israel
completes the circle of proofs and connections: The purpose of
Palestinians - the Hamas, as well as the Fatah - is to murder Jews.
They don't distinguish between Israelis within the State of Israel
and their army, and the settler-citizens within the West Bank.
All of these proofs and connections continue to justify, in the eyes
of Israelis, the policy of the IDF's attacks on Palestinians in their
On the Palestinian side, the past two-and-a-half years provide
limitless proof for the theory of the nature of Zionism and the State
of Israel, and the character of their leaders. The suppression of the
first Palestinian popular demonstrations in September and October
2000 with live fire and fatal consequences is a consequence of an
Israeli pre-planned plot to impose an arrangement on the PA with
supreme military force.
The "illegal" outposts established in the last two years have
confirmed the suspicions of the Palestinians about the craftiness of
Israeli leaders who dissociate themselves from the "illegal
activities" and then lend a hand to their activities "under the
table." The fact that Israel has continued to expand the settlements,
and almost doubled the number of settlers, particularly during
the Oslo years, is proof of Zionist irredentism, the calculated
refusal - since 1949 - to define the international Israeli border.
The fact that Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said "it is possible
legally to implement settlement contiguity between Ma'aleh Adumim and
Jerusalem" places him in the same irredentist settlement continuum
with Yitzhak Rabin. As prime minister during the Oslo period, he
expanded the area under the jurisdiction of this gigantic settlement,
at the expense of the Palestinian area of East Jerusalem and the
territorial contiguity of the future Palestinian state. This
expansion decision is viewed by Palestinians as yet another link in
the continuum of decisions of expansionism and colonization in the
`70s, of the Alignment and Likud as one ("the Left" and "the Right") -
which established "Ma'aleh Adumim" as an industrial area, which
expanded into a city in Israel.
The Palestinians find a connection not just between every expanded
settlement of today and the continuation of their expansion during
the Oslo years and their establishment and their expansion in the
years prior to Oslo - but also between the expansion of today and the
beginning of Zionism and 1948. This link corroborates the earlier
Palestinian claim that the objective of Zionism was to dispossess the
entire Palestinian people of its land.
The deadly attacks by Israel on crowded civilian areas is also proof
for the Palestinians of the characteristic contempt for the blood
of "the children." In the language of the Palestinians, it is state
The Israeli argument that terrorists are hiding in those same places
strengthens the Palestinian conception regarding the double Israeli
standards. Isn't it true that senior Israeli army officers,
commanders and soldiers, who are responsible for killing thousands of
Palestinian citizens in the past 20 years, live within civilian
neighborhoods? And hasn't the IDF established bases and positioned
tanks within settlements, from where it shells the Palestinian
neighborhoods and camps?
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