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Flotilla anger threatens to sink Jewish state

That’s a headline in today’s Murdoch Australian that indicates a growing fear within the Zionist community. The piece by Abraham Rabinovich is remarkably measured (mostly, anyway) and includes this:

The explosion of anger [after the flotilla massacre] is unlikely to have been touched off by a transient episode such as the interdiction of the flotilla. A more probable explanation is Israel’s failure over four decades to find a way to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories. The resentment has accumulated like leaking gas that can be ignited by a random spark.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak acknowledged this when he told his cabinet colleagues last week that “a daring and assertive political initiative” aimed at achieving a peace agreement with the Palestinians was necessary if Israel is to emerge from its international isolation.

The isolation has become pronounced since Benjamin Netanyahu became Prime Minister last year. Under intense pressure from Washington, Netanyahu declared his readiness to accept a Palestinian state alongside Israel, but his repeated statements that Israel must build Jewish homes in East Jerusalem, his appeasement of West Bank settlers, his failure ever to paint an optimistic picture of co-existence with the Palestinians, suggest he does not, deep down, believe in it.

The Palestinians, of course, are no less to blame than Israel for the political stalemate, given their internal rivalries, their past negotiating positions and their recourse to terror.

The lesson of the flotilla affair for Israel is that the status quo, which has lasted for 43 years, is no longer viable. The world has lost patience with the ongoing conflict and it wants Israel, as the occupying power, to do more to resolve it.

Sadly, there is no evidence that Israel and its main Diaspora supporters are doing anything to address these concerns.

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  • Aaron

    Antony. you're being generous when you describe the piece as measured – even with your qualifier "mostly".

    1. How has Rabinovich come to his conclusions about the actions of the IDF in raiding the flotilla? I surmise, by believing everything the Israel MFA said, and ignoring any evidence to the contrary including testimony of journalists & participants onboard, smuggled photos and video evidence – not to mention the very fact that confiscating all that materials suggests a cover-up, and autopsies that have revealed execution style shooting by the IDF. I vote for a real independent investigation – before coming to any definite conclusions about the IDF intentions and behaviours, but, on evidence to date it's not looking good [for Israel].

    2. Blaming Palestinians (even equally) for the continuation of the occupation when clearly Israel wants it to continue and the occupied population (and their leaders) don't, and it's been that way for several decades. None of the reasons he gives are adequate; if Israel really wanted to end the occupation it could do so unilaterally – or it could negotiate seriously. Why doesn't Rabinovich mention the 500,000 settlers or more than 50% of Israel's fresh water supply being illegally extracted from the West Bank aquifers when talking about reasons the occupation continues?

    3. He misrepresents the Arab Peace Initiative on the issue of right of return. While acknowledging API calls for a "just solution" he first ignores that it doesn't dictate terms and doesn't mention UN194 (which explicitly calls for full right of return), then falsely states API calls for right of return. Simply, right of return isn;t going away as an issue, and no amount of wishing on a star [of david] will make it so. I personally think the idea of the "jewish state" is on par w/ the aryan state, or White Australia, ie it stinks. That aside, serious negotiations by Israel could acknowledge the reality that right of return is legitimate, and offer a serious financial settlement (like a few million bucks serious) for every Palestinian willing to return to the Palestinian state, not the Israeli state. And what of the Arab League Fez Initiative of 1982? It offered similar terms to the API 3 decades ago, also ignored by Israel. Rabinovich speaks as though the API was a complete shock and new strategy by the Arab League; hardly.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    "…if the Gaza blockade was broken by vessels carrying diapers, they would be followed before long by ships carrying long-range rockets" – Abraham Rabinovich 

     

    Here's some pertinent questions to ask… 

     

    1. Why is there a shortage of diapers in Gaza? (diapers is the specific item as quoted by Abraham Rabinovich in his article). Are Palestinian babies less human than Israeli babies? 

     

    2. Why does Israel allow in only 25% of the total goods in volume (~2,500 trucks a month) that it had permitted into Gaza before the June 2007 (~10,400 trucks a month). Did 1,125,000 Palestinians suddenly emigrate to other countries leaving only 375,000 residing in Gaza? 

     

    3. Why has Israel severely restricted the types of goods entering Gaza to only 40 items? (compared to approximately 4,000 types of goods that were listed as entering Gaza before June 2007). Did the Palestinians voluntarily decide to eschew the necessities of modern life, become hermits and go on a mass diet?

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    "The Palestinians, of course, are no less to blame than Israel for the political stalemate, given their internal rivalries, their past negotiating positions and their recourse to terror."

    "Internal rivalries" ie. they don't all vote for the same party.

    "Past negotiating positions" ie. They won't stay in the corner we forced an ailing and corrupt Arafat into.

    "their recourse to terror." ie. they refuse to lie down.

     

    I agree Aaron. This article is hasbara lite.

  • Ant. Having a bit of trouble with formatting. Is it your site or me?