Has The Putative "Palestinian State" Become A Pipe Dream?
23 April 2015
By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
With the passage of every day, the goal of establishing a
viable and credible Palestinian state in the West Bank becomes more elusive
and more distant.
There are several outstanding reasons corroborating this perspective.
Israeli (Jewish) settlements have metastasized all over the West Bank,
especially in East Jerusalem, leaving virtually no room for a credible and
territorially contiguous Palestinian entity worthy of the name. Today, any
traveler in the occupied territory would have to think- not just twice- but a
hundred times, before giving polite audience to the empty rhetoric about
Palestinian statehood, still coming from the dispirited headquarters of the
PLO in Ramallah.
This rhetoric is simply unrealistic to say the least, in light of the facts
on the ground.
Moreover, it is very unlikely that any Israeli government, current or
prospective, would be able, even if willing, to dismantle settlements as part
of a possible solution. The Israeli Jewish society continues to move toward
right-wing fascism as evident from the latest elections. Hence, counting on
the emergence of a peace government would be a form of day-dreaming.
There are some Arabs and Palestinians who still count on American pressure on
Israel to end the occupation that began in 1967. But this is also an
expression of wishful thinking since the US is actually part of the problem
and can hardly be part of the solution.
The US, whose government is held by the throat by the powerful Jewish lobby,
has had more than half a century to pressure Israel to walk in the path of
peace. Instead, however, successive U.S. administrations chose to give Israel
unlimited and unrestricted military and political support so much so that
Israel has effectively become immune to pressure, even from its
In fact, it would be true to say that Israel's ability to pressure (and
bully) American administrations exceed by far any White House ability to
pressure Israel. This fact has been amply evident in the shocking sycophancy
toward Israel shamelessly displayed by American officials, congressmen, and
presidential hopefuls and candidates, groveling at Israel's feet.
Hence, I sincerely advise Palestinian leaders, e.g., Palestinian Authority
(PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who apparently still count on American pressure
on Israel, to wait a few hundred years or perhaps a millennium in the hope
that a miracle of this sort might materialize.
The United Nations and Security Council cannot be the right address for
getting Israel to end its decades-old occupation and give up stolen land. The
UN is thoroughly controlled by the U.S. and other Western countries,
including Britain, which committed the original sin of giving Palestine to
Moreover, Russia, which has prevented the UN from taking action against the
Hitler of Damascus, Bashar el-Asad, is also no friend of the Palestinian
people. Even China is tending to its own interests, which underscores the
futility of counting on the UN to do justice for Palestine and the
As to the Arab world, it is probably going through its worst epoch since the
Mongol Chieftain Holagu entered Baghdad in 1258.
Indeed, counting on the Arabs to defeat or even deter Israel from carrying
out its heinous crimes and pursuing the various lebensraum designs is devoid
of reason as half of Arab regimes are busy conspiring against and persecuting
the Palestinians while the other half are thoroughly preoccupied with
murdering their own peoples and destroying their own countries, all in order
to extend their family rule for a few more years.
Is it not an expression of mental retardation to wait for the likes of Bashar
el-Assad and Abdul Fattah al-Sissi to liberate Palestine?
What should be done?
The Palestinian resistance against Israel is vital. However, we must not
allow ourselves to be under the illusion that the resistance alone will be
sufficient to force Israel to end the occupation. The resistance does create
some deterrence vis-à-vis Israel and makes Zionist entity think twice before
going too far. But it can't do more than this, especially under existing
conditions whereby our people are besieged from foes and friends alike.
None the less, Palestinians must not allow themselves to be exhausted by and
endlessly preoccupied with crises resulting from the enduring Israeli
occupation. In the final analysis, these crises are mere symptoms, and as we
all know, symptomatic treatment would only give us a temporary solace but
won't cure the underlying malady.
This is why, we Palestinians must seek to reform our strategic thinking by
adopting new strategies aimed at strengthening our steadfastness on our land.
I strongly believe that the most important strategic step we should take is
to abandon the malarkey called the two-state solution and instead go for the
establishment of unitary state in mandatory Palestine from the River Jordan
and to the Mediterranean, in which all citizens live in peace and equality.
To be sure, such a strategy wouldn't be easy to espouse let alone to achieve.
However, we must be able and ready to sacrifice the variable in order to
maintain the constant.
And what can be more paramount as a constant than ensuring the continuity of
our people on our ancestral land.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current affairs
commentator living in occupied Palestine