I was interviewed by Press TV about Palestinians supplying evidence to the International Criminal Court at the Hague on Gaza, settlements and prisoners. Watch here
“Justice and freedom for the Palestinians are incompatible with the existence of the State of Israel”
And they still talk about a 2-state solution!
I was interviewed by Press TV about the Pslestinian Authority’s moves to bring cases against Israel to the ICC. Link here
‘The window is closing fast on the 2-state solution’. That is a statement that most western leaders regurgitate on an almost daily basis to explain the urgency of restarting the ‘peace process’.
But when will the 2-state solution window finally close and who will make that critical announcement? Who ever makes it, the question that follows then is what would the ‘peace process’ be about the day after the closure, when it is claimed the one-state solution’ is a not only undesirable but would spell the end of Israel as a ‘Jewish and democratic state’?
Those are important questions to ask as the EU is picking up the slippery ‘peace process’ baton from the U.S. EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was recently in the region trying to kickstart the process. She has even suggested it could start with negotiations in the borders of the (illegal) settlement blocks.
How many settlers will it take to make their removal so problematic that no Israeli will agree to do it? There are now some 650,000 and the window is still open, so would it be a million before the window on 2-state solution it closes?
How many settlements and settlers in Jerusalem will it take for the possibility of East Jerusalem becoming the Capital of a future Palestine to end?
Will annexation of vast swathes of the West Bank as demanded by Israeli ministers close the window on the 2-state solution?
Will the collapse of the Palestinian Authority or its resolution close the window in the 2-state solution?
Just when will this declaration come and has it already happened?
I have not heard anyone who recently visited the troubled area recently come back and say, based on what s/he saw and dxoerirnced that the window us still open.
The PA and western Government continue to say the only solution is a 2-state solution and since Israel continues to work diligently to scupper it, we need an authority of dome sort to define the conditions that would have to be met in order for the 2-state window to close.
When that happens, then either the status quo continues until a third intifada erupts or a fairer one-state solution than the current unequal one-state reality needs to be developed now to be implemented once the 2-state solution has gone.
I am personally for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the homes, towns and villages from which they were expelled through terror in 1948. I do not care about the number of entities they return to.
It is time for all the players to get real and to be honest. The 2-state solution is dead or if it isn’t then when? When it dies, what next?
Just what is Tony Blair up to? He only resigned as the Quartet Peace Envoy last month, but not known for hanging around, he has a new role, which allegedly does not pay. As David Cronin characterised it “Tony Blair recruited by cheerleader for Israel’s crimes“.
He is to work for the the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR). Again, David Cronin gives us the low down on this pro Israel Lobby Group. Cronin argues that “While its name might give the impression that it is a dispassionate intergovernmental body, the ECTR is an initiative of the Zionist zealot and fertilizer tycoon Moshe Kantor”.
It seems that this body is only interested in one particular aspect of discrimination, which it perceives to be criticism of Israel. There is no mention of anti Muslim hatred or Islamophobia.
My contention is that Zionists have a key objective, to produce a definition of anti Semitism that conflates hatred of Jews with criticism of Israel, that is then adopted by Western Governments. They want any criticism of Israel to be classed as hatred of Jews and therefore the ‘new form of anti Semitism’.
For years now, Zionists and apologists for Israel have claimed that the EU has a definition of anti Semitism which achieves their goal. This is what is termed the “EUMC working a definition of anti Semitism“. But in fact this formulation has not been adopted by the EU. It was dropped as a potential definition.
I believe that the ECTR will use Tony Blair (and he will be willing) to produce a definition of anti Semitism that includes defining any form of boycott of Israel, even illegal settlements, as anti Semitic. The BDS movement is their real target.
Israel is starting to publically express fear from BDS. It is seen as a ‘strategic threat‘ and a Government Minister, Gilad Erdan, has been appointed to specifically fight it. But because they know they are fighting a losing battle to persuade the general public that it is anything but moral and peaceful, they resort to the anti Semitism accusation.
If Blair, working with other supporters of Israel in the ECTR, can somehow come up with an ‘authoritative’ definition that is adopted by Israel’s friends then legal challenges on the basis of hate, racism and specifically anti Senitism would follow. I imagine they believe this would end the BDS movement.
It isn’t only Europe that considering ways of counters the escalating BDS movement. A ‘secret’ meeting is taking place this weekend, funded by wealthy friends if Israel is considering ‘pitches’ or ideas for combatting BDS.
But the entry of Tony Blair into the fray confirms that he has never been impartial or pro Palestinian in his previous role. He has always been pro Israeli and will now be like a dog on heat fighting, not all forms of racism but only one, what he will define as anti Semitism, to help his friend, Benjamin Netanyahu fight BDS.
But it seems he feels he has not done enough damage to the Palestinian cause. His focus now turns to its most peaceful and potentially game changing weapon, the global BDS movement. Time to label it and those that pursue it, anti Semitic.