Is It Too Late For Just Peace In Palestine? Red Herrings
15 June 2015
By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to adopt
brazen mendacity and dishonesty as his modus operandi vis-à-vis the rest of the
In fact, one would exaggerate very little by saying that Netanyahu is probably
the most dishonest political figure in Israel ever since the racist Jewish
entity came into being in Palestine 67 years ago.
In the past two weeks, Netanyahu made a plethora of statements voicing his
desire for the resumption of the moribund peace process with the weak
This is of course not the first time Netanyahu makes such statements.
Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders have been making all sorts of mendacious
statements expressing an ostensible desire for peace with the Palestinians.
However, these statements were always proven to be utterly false, which shows
that Netanyahu is not just an ordinary liar, but rather a malicious one par
Just ask any European leader who has dealt with Netanyahu how he views the
Israeli premier and if he thinks he has any credibility. The answer would be a
Indeed, how can we possibly trust a man who voices a desire for peace with the
Palestinians while doing everything in his ability to kill any remaining
prospects for peace?
In fact, expecting Netanyahu to work for peace would be very much like expecting
a ship to sail on land. This is because Netanyahu and peace are an eternal
There is no doubt that a country that has built hundreds of colonies on land
that belongs to another people and transferred hundreds of thousands of its
citizens to live on land that belongs not to them doesn't have genuine peace on
This is the truth Netanyahu is trying to conceal or blur by way of making all
sorts of theatrical statements especially when meeting with visiting foreign
Unfortunately, many or most of these dignitaries, especially from Europe and
North America, lack the moral courage to tell Netanyahu "you are a liar" either
explicitly or implicitly.
But Netanyahu is a big liar in his own right. What else can be said of a leader
who claims to be working for peace while actually killing it with all strength
In his firewall of defense against growing international awareness that
Netanyahu and peace contradict each other, the Israeli premier, a visionless
politician who thinks a more aggressive hasbara discourse can make up for
political wisdom, Netanyahu has been claiming that the international BDS
(Boycott, Disinvestment, Sanctions) against Israel is actually making peace more
Given Netanyahu's malicious character, I have no doubt whatsoever that the
Israeli prime minister knows deep in his mind that he is lying and that the BDS
campaign and other forms of protest against Israel are mere reactions to Israeli
recalcitrance and criminal persecution and oppression of the largely unprotected
Palestinians under Israel's military occupation.
Yes, he knows it, but, since he views malicious dishonesty as an expression of
political skill and cleverness, he just goes on and on, lying and lying and
The fanatics in his quarter, who are undoubtedly numerous, would rather innately
hail him and praise his genius in defense of Israel. But this is a shortsighted
perception, utterly devoid of wisdom.
This is because, Netanyahu's impetuousness, recklessness and recalcitrance,
which also reflect the collective mindset of many Israelis, probably a majority,
is what will eventually take Israel to the abyss.
But by then, it would be too late. It is very much like a heavily intoxicated
driver making a fatal traffic accident under the influence of alcohol.
As a Palestinian, I am ambivalent about the course Netanyahu and his equally
self-absorbed colleagues in government are taking.
And just as the proverbial drunk driver who would refuse to heed warnings
against driving under the influence of alcohol, Netanyahu, Bennett, Shaked,
etc., are in no mood to listen to a word of advice and reproach.
In the final analysis, megalomaniac arrogance has more or less the same
influence on mental sanity. It often leads to fatal consequences.
I don't know for sure if there is still any real chance for a dignified and
lasting peace in Palestine/Israel. But whatever chances there may still be are
vanishing very rapidly before our eyes.
In light of the grim realities on the ground, this view should actually be
considered an overly auspicious perception rather than an expression of doom and
gloom because otherwise the vast majority of serious observers and experts would
strongly deny the existence of any real chance for peace in this part of the
word. Is it too late? I hope not.
But my hope may be proven too illusive to be realistic.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current affair
commentator living in Occupied Palestine