Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Who wears the pants in this relationship?

Bernard Avishai has an article out in the recent New York Times Magazine entitled "A Plan for Peace That Still Could Be," which details the so-called "peace" proposals former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made in 2008, which are (supposedly) still viable despite all the recent upheaval in the Middle East.  Avishai writes:
A viable plan exists: it is waiting to be forged from the far-reaching proposals that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority made to each other in 2008.  
Ali Abunimah has compiled some of the more relevant information regarding the so-called "Palestinian Papers," which were first leaked by Al Jazeera, and detail the meetings and negotiations between Abbas and Olmert.   Needless to say, the Palestinian Authority has not been portrayed in a positive light, and is rather weak and impotent in the face of Israeli and American pressure.  And then we have this rather revealing passage from Avishai's article in the Times Magazine:
In his pivotal Bar Ilan University speech of June 14, 2009, Olmert's successor, Benjamin Netanyahu, finally promised to work toward a Palestinian state and made much of his demand that Palestine be demilitarized.  But he must have know he was pushing on an open door: Olmert and Abbas had already come up with a series of principals that would leave Palestine demilitarized ("I agreed to the term 'nonmilitarized,'" Olmert told me) while preserving its sovereignty.   
Olmert's security principles were the following: Palestine would have a strong police force, "everything needed for law enforcement."  It would have no army or air force.  The Palestinian border with Jordan, through which missiles and heave armaments might be smuggled, would be patrolled by international forces, probably from NATO.  There would be a procedural guarantee that no foreign army would be able to enter Palestine, and its government would not be permitted to enter into any military agreement with a country that does not recognize Israel.  Israel, for its part, would have the right to defend itself beyond the borders of a Palestinian state-- say, against land forces massing on the eastern side of the Jordan River.  Israel expected to reserve the right to pursue terrorists across the new borders.  Israel would be allowed access to airspace over Palestine, and the Israel Defense Forces would have rights to disproportionate use of telecommunications spectrum (though commercial rights would be equalized under international law).  When I spoke with Abbas in Amman, I did not have to refresh his memory about these overarching principles.  "We don't need a Palestinian army," he said emphatically.  "We don't want an air force or tanks or rockets."  He insisted that the whole matter had been worked out with Gen. James Jones, who eventually became Obama's national security adviser.  Abbas confirmed that Israel could indeed negotiate permits regarding Palestinian airspace. 
So, to summarize the "far-reaching proposals" Olmert and Abbas made, the new "free" and "independent" Palestinian state would be completely demilitarized and have no army or air force.  The Palestinian state would not be allowed to secure it's own borders, leaving that job to international forces, "probably from NATO."  No foreign army could enter Palestine (except the Israeli army, duh!), and the Palestinian state could not enter into any military agreement with a country who refuses to recognize Israel (i.e., conduct it's foreign affairs and diplomacy as it saw fit).

Israel, of course, has the right to defend itself beyond the recognized borders of the Palestinian state (i.e., invade Palestine when it sees fit) and control the air space above Palestine.  (No need for the Palestinians to have access to their air space, they have no air force!)    To really rub it in, the IDF would have "rights to disproportionate use of telecommunications spectrum" in Palestine.  Some independent state, huh?

The threat that Israel and the Zionist network that sits atop of the global power structure poses to world peace and the free peoples of this planet cannot be underestimated.  These people have proven themselves to be ruthless murders, unwilling to compromise any aspect of their agenda, and it behooves all free thinking and freedom loving people across the planet to stand against this criminal cabal.  As I watch the Zionists continue to expand their colonies on stolen land, destroying historic landmarks and residences, my heart goes out to the Palestinian people.

May God bless them.  Long live Palestine!  

2 comments:

  1. Poor Palestine. If only the Palestinians would copy Singapore.

    - Aangirfan

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  2. Hmmm....not exactly sure what you mean, or how the Palestinians could copy Singapore, considering they are living under a brutal, murderous occupation.

    Do you have a link?

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