03 December 2012

Why the Palestinians Will Never Win

This headline is copied from The Daily Beast article, penned by Michael Tomasky, once a Guardian reporter, now an editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. It is significant for two reasons. The first one is (mainly) in the incisive diagnosis:

First and foremost, if they'd been a nonviolent movement, they'd have had their state 20 years ago. No understanding at all of either the Jewish or the American conscience, which resists "resistance" at all costs but melts at the first sight of a person standing before a tank holding a rose.
Nuff said.

The second one is the author himself, once more or less faithfully toeing the anti-Israeli Guardian line. A brief reference to it could be found in the quote:
I've written this many times, and it hasn't always gone down well with my readers, particularly at the Guardian, as you might imagine.
Yes, we might.


Yuval Sterling said...

it depends on how you define winning. as you
know the term WIN has had some changes in recent years and in the past six
years in particular. the PA know that Bibi wants them to be violent which makes
their appeal for the UN even more effective because now, if Hamas wins the
elections in the West Bank Europe would still blame Israel for it. so they can
be violent while gaining diplomatic achievements because Europe is tired of
Israel and "Biberman" would win the Israel elections it wont take the
Americans a long time to follow. the Palestinians are too weak to beat
militarily and Israel is too Jewish to appeal for diplomatic reason (not that
there's anything reasonable in approving 4000 new units in the W.B.).

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I suspect, Yuval, that you are ascribing too much depth to Biberman's strategic calculations. So far I haven't seen anything but knee-jerk responses from that pair. Actually, from that trio, since Barack was part of the whole until now.

As for " Israel is too Jewish to appeal for diplomatic reason " - the point is too difficult for my feeble grasp, I am afraid.

KatieNorcross said...

Given enough time and money the Fakistinians will self-destruct. They have no will to govern just to rule.

Funny how after all these years the "factions" of Fakistinian independence movements have never joined into one group and worked as a single entity.

That was one of the first things the Israelis did to gain independence.

Dick Stanley said...

Excellent. There is hope, after all, for, uh, change.

Dick Stanley said...

Wonderfully reasonable, I say, unfreezing the freeze. The Pals never once acknowledged the freeze by agreeing to talk peace. Build on, I say.

Meanwhile, with the Brotherhood likely to take over Jordan next year, it would be a great time for Abbas, et al, to get off the dole and cross the river.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I don't know whether it's reasonable. To me it looks more like our government, in its bottomless wisdom, scratched out everything in their list of responses to the Palestinian UN act, save this little number. After all, the pressure from White House to moderate the response was immense.

So eventually decided to go for that one.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Oh well, but I wouldn't bet any of my shekels on self-destruction. Not yet.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I knew you would notice that one ;-)

David All said...

Maybe I am being too optimistic, but I get the impression that most nations in the world including the Arabs are sick and tired of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and are just going through the motions, diplomatically and do not really believe that any sort of Palestinian state can be a reality any time soon

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Sick and tired as they may be, the Zionist Entity is still a very much used boogieman to use when they want to deflect their people's complaints and worries.