A peace process must deliver justice


Secretary’s Kerry’s efforts to deliver a peace agreement between the 63 year old Zionist state of Israel and the PLO was doomed from day zero. The basis for starting the talks was for Kerry to promise enough behind closed doors just to get the two sides to meet without a clear framework. The framework he has ended up working to offer at the end of the nine-month period should have formed the basis for the talks.

The framework should have been based on International Law, which is clear and uncomplicated. Israel cannot extend beyond the ‘Green Line’. The West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza are occupied and Israel’s presence in them including its settlements is illegal. The Palestinian refugees have a right to return and compensation. The framework therefore should have been simply a timetable for withdrawal if Israel and Israelis from the occupied territories.

Call me naive and that is fine, but that is what international Law says and if the US wants to go round the world referring to International Law then why exempt Palestine?

Many were struck by the hypocrisy in the way the ‘International Community’ dealt with the Ukraine crisis and were asking why this occupation is different.

Another example was the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait for which a coalition was built to reverse it.

It is clear that Kerry is not willing to tell Israel, the game is up, the occupation must end in concordance with International Law. The pro Israel Lobby would have him strung up for even thinking it.

But for real genuine peace to come to historic Palestine a first crucial step is needed. Israel and individual Israelis must come out of the closet and acknowledge the Nakba. They must accept that the Palestinians paid a heavy price for the Holacaust with their land, rights and lives. They did not ask to be occupied and they have no apology to make for not accepting the theft of their land, freedom and dreams.

An acknowledgement of the Nakba , an apology and a reconciliation process would pave the way to genuine peace that would end the conflict. At that point the politics can assess whether a one or two state solution is implemented.

Without justice there can be no peace. Without an acknowledgement of the Nakba there can be no justice.

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