Good times at the children’s museum (at Children’s Museum of Denver)
It looks as though Washington is planning to hand Israel the colony blocs about three-quarters of occupied East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley
In 2009, for example, it was Obama who blinked when Netanyahu simply refused to halt colonisation of Palestinian land. Instead, in 2010, the US president offered Israel the Jordan Valley — a big chunk of the occupied West Bank that is not his to give — in return for a short pause in colonies building. Netanyahu, in any event, refused.
Future could be bleak
It is not just that Washington is behaving more like a crooked lawyer than an honest broker, bullying the weaker Palestinian party into keeping talks going while Israel continues to colonise illegally occupied territory.
The Israeli tail is being allowed to wag the US dog. Netanyahu cannot be losing much sleep over reports that Obama is returning to the talks to back up Kerry. It is hard to see what difference this can make while the US concentrates on process rather than substance.
Far from pushing Israel to roll back the occupation enough to enable Palestinians to build a viable state on the occupied West Bank and Gaza, with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital, it looks as though the US is planning to hand Israel almost all the colony blocs, about three-quarters of occupied East Jerusalem, and the Jordan Valley.
In addition, the Palestinians are being pressed to recognise Israel as a Jewish state — rather than, as they have long since done, recognise the state of Israel and its right to exist. Agreement to that could compromise a negotiated deal on the future of nearly 5 million Palestinian refugees, prejudice the position of that fifth of the population of Israel proper that is Palestinian by origin, as well as require Palestinians to repudiate their history.
Why any US official dreamt all this might work is a puzzle. It seeks compromise not between Israel and the Palestinians but between factions of Israel’s irredentist right — which means the end of a two-state solution.
Unless the US is prepared to push for a real compromise, and a real state of Palestine, Israel’s future could be bleak. Kerry himself, but also Israeli and European leaders, have warned that failure will chip away at Israel’s hard-won legitimacy, opening the door to an international boycott movement that is already gathering force - a much greater threat to Israel than the Palestinians could ever muster.
After a few hours out doors. Its time to head home.
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