Netanyahu-Obama Meeting Won't Revive Moribund ''Peace Process"
01 December 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
It should be amply clear that the latest meeting in Washington
between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu won't
have any tangible effect on the already moribund peace process between Israel
and the Palestinians.
Hence, the claims that the meeting will revive and expedite the process,
wrongly called peace process, are void of any credibility.
After all, we have been living with the same sort of talks for over two
decades, and the net result remains as it was when the Oslo process began
more than two decades ago, namely a very fat zero.
Netanyahu, a sly and dishonest politician who lies as often as he breathes
the oxygen of life knows too well that he has killed any remaining chances
for a genuine peace with the Palestinians.
He also knows that there are no other real chances left for the establishment
of a viable Palestinian state, given the ubiquitous expansion of Jewish
colonies in the West Bank, especially in occupied East Jerusalem.
It is also highly likely that Obama knows these facts too well as well.
However, it is clear that neither Netanyahu nor Obama is willing to free
himself from the clutches of dishonesty simply because dishonesty represents
the main content of their policies.
On the one hand, Netanyahu is so arrogant and insolent and would never tell
the truth. That is why he behaves like a slut who gives lectures on morality
On the other hand, Obama is already behaving like a lame duck does.
In fact, the Obama administration has now an ignominious record of failure
and impotence, almost everywhere in the world.
In Syria, Obama has been acting very much like a passive spectator, watching
a bigger thug and a smaller thug (Putin and Assad) carry out a real holocaust
against helpless Syrian civilians.
And in the Ukraine, he contented himself with watching rather blithely the
Russian bear devour, swallow and digest large parts of the former Soviet of
And, of course, in Palestine, Obama has been watching Netanyahu and cohorts,
who tightly control the American government, especially Congress, decapitate
whatever chances there may have been for the establishment of a truly viable
and territorially contiguous Palestinian state.
I do believe that Netanyahu and his entire government look on Obama with
A few years ago, one Israeli politician, whom I had a debate with, remarked
that "the US is very much our whore, it gives us all we demand and request,
not because it should but rather because it must. It is America that grovels
at our feet, not the other way around."
Frankly, the man was telling the truth and there was no way I could prove him
Netanyahu is returning to Israel-Palestine, not only with an American
undertaking to supply Israel with several squadrons of the most advanced
aircraft in the American stockpile, but also with a renewed and reasserted
assurance that no matter what Israel does, including killing the two state
solution, Israel will continue to receive whatever Israel requests and
demands from its guardian-ally (and whore according to the above mentioned
Now, given Obama's pathetic helplessness in the face of Netanyahu, it is very
likely that Netanyahu will have his way, as Putin has had his way in Syria.
After all, it is the Netanyahu who tells the Obama what to do, not the other
Hence, it is probably safe to assume that Israel will be further intoxicated
by its arrogance of power.
But intoxication by arrogance of power spells neither smartness nor wisdom.
It rather spells impetuousness and lack of wisdom. It may eventually spell
I am quite sure that a few decades from now, many Jews will look back to this
period with utter regret and remorse because they didn't seize the
opportunity to reach peace with their neighbors.
But by then it will be too late for Israel and for peace..
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran
Palestinian journalist and political commentator living in the West Bank.