Netanyahu and Obama Spurn Peace - by Stephen Lendman
Israel and America choose conflict over peace.
As a belligerent modern-day Sparta, Israel is a pariah state. Netanyahu exceeds the worst of Ariel Sharon.
His government is Israel's worst ever. His majority Knesset allies are rogue, racist criminals, operating outside international law.
His weak-kneed opposition goes along to get along. As a result, Palestinians suffer grievously. No relief whatever is in sight for them. Netanyahu's peace overtures hide his duplicitous intent to continue status quo injustice.
America is a lawless global bully. The business of America is war. America wages permanent wars on humanity. Together, Obama and Netanyahu contemptuously intend to deny Palestinians statehood and justice, using peace talks as a ploy to subvert both.
Abbas and his number two Salam Fayyad are longtime Israeli collaborators. Both speak with forked tongues. Expect neither one to fulfill promises. They didn't before and won't now.
Abbas didn't come to New York to deliver. His statehood petition falls short of what Palestinians want and deserve. His General Assembly address was hollow rhetoric. It was political, not a genuine proposal for long denied justice.
He mainly wants peace talks reopened. They never worked before and won't now. He didn't challenge a Netanyahu/Obama conspiracy to continue settlement construction and deny Palestinians statehood within 1967 borders (22% of historic Palestine) with East Jerusalem its capital.
Duplicity defines his agenda, not leadership with honor to do the right thing. Doing so would be totally out of character. He's not about to change his spots now.
Addressing the General Assembly on September 23, he said Israeli unilateralism and settler violence threaten PA authority and peace. No matter that Oslo he negotiated established the PA as Israel's enforcer, subverting his rhetorical call for peace.
Urging Israel to "come to peace," he said:
"We extend our hands to the Israeli government and the Israeli people for peacemaking. Our people will continue their popular, peaceful resistance. (Israeli settlement) policy will destroy the chances of achieving a two-state solution and threatens to undermine the structure of the (PA) and even end its existence."
On September 22, Netanyahu thanked Obama for "standing with Israeli and supporting peace through direct negotiations. We both agree that Palestinians and the Israelis should sit down together and negotiate an agreement of mutual recognition and security. I think this is the only way to get a stable and durable peace."
Netayahu asked other leaders to endorse his position. In his General Assembly address, he said:
"Israel is prepared to have a Palestinian state in the West Bank, but we're not prepared to have another Gaza there. The Palestinians must first make peace with Israel, and only then get their state....The truth is the Palestinians want a state without peace and you should not let that happen."