Israel Heading To The Abyss: No Room Left For Palestinian State - Carter And His Team
08 May 2015
By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine
As a member of the independent Elders Group of global leaders,
former US president Jimmy Carter made some interesting remarks during a brief
visit to the West Bank this week.
The group, founded by former South African President Nelson Mandela in 2007
and includes former presidents from several countries, was barred by Israel
from visiting the Gaza Strip, thoroughly devastated by a sustained Israeli
bombing campaign last summer, which lasted for 53 days.
Much of what Carter said was actually regurgitation of past platitudes
repeated ad nauseam by the former American president.
He urged Palestinians to hold elections in order to end the de facto division
between the West Bank and Gaza, as if holding elections in occupied Palestine
or even ending the rift between Fatah and Hamas were the mother of all
Likewise, Carter didn't comment on the likelihood that Israel (and probably
the PA as well) wouldn't accept the outcome of any elections in case Hamas,
the Islamic liberation group, emerged as the main winner.
Not malicious, but naïve
I am not accusing the man from Georgia of ill-will or harboring any malicious
intentions. But I do think that the former president is being overly naïve,
too trusting and probably a little misinformed.
I believe it is imperative that Carter and his colleagues ought to have an
accurate prognosis of the situation on the ground. They ought to understand
that Israel has effectively killed any remaining chances for the two-state
solution. The ubiquitous proliferation of Jewish settlements in every part of
the West Bank, especially in East Jerusalem, has irreversibly eradicated any
remaining possibility for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.
It is really mind-boggling that this outstanding fact is being ignored or
belittled by people who are supposed to be intelligent and wise.
Is this a conscious or subconscious effort to retain a semblance of hope for
peace lest people suddenly find themselves face to face with a reality they
never wanted to see?
No Room left for Palestinian state
Well, the world at large, including Muslims and Jews, ought to be courageous
enough to come to terms with reality, namely that there is no room left for a
Palestinian state and that alternative solutions need to be sought.
But, unfortunately, there are not many alternatives to be sought for
resolving the seemingly perpetual conflict.
Indeed, with the two-state solution practically eliminated, there are only
two alternatives left.
First, the establishment of a unitary state between the River Jordan and the
Mediterranean in which Jews and Arabs live together in peace and equality.
But such an idea is anathema for Zionism as it constitutes its ultimate
A unitary state, irrespective of the name, would effectively put an end to
Israel as it has been since its creation in Palestine 67 years ago. Moreover,
the clear Arab demographic advantage over Jews in mandatory Palestine (Israel
and the occupied territories) would eventually lead to a state with a clear
if not overwhelming Arab Muslim majority in a matter of few decades.
Zionist strategists are aware of these prospects, but they seriously lack the
means (or ideas) to defer or circumvent these prospects.
They propose perpetual apartheid, application of more repression against the
Palestinians, narrowing their horizons, economic pressure, even forced
emigration, as "suggestions" to save the Zionist enterprise.
But these suggestions, which express frustration on the part of the Zionist
movement, could cause Israel to face even more existential perils endangering
Israel's very survival. Apartheid is not easy to sustain, and ethnic
cleansing on a wide scale would be tantamount to genocide. Would the Jews,
the victims of Nazi Germany, seek to emulate their former tormentors and
grave-diggers in order to achieve goals that differ little from those of the
Third Reich, namely maintaining an ethnically and religiously pure state?
I have no doubt that Zionist leaders will miss no opportunity to trigger
wars, hunt for "opportunities," create alibis, spread chaos and turbulence in
the region and beyond in order to seize the chance to expel the Palestinians,
or most of them, using a combination of mass murder and mass terror.
But that would be the ultimate Holocaust. It would also be an act of suicide
as well for Israel and Jews alike. Indeed, Israel, already a pariah state,
would become the object of intense hatred and vilification by the rest of the
world and Jews everywhere in the world would suffer the consequences of their
Similarly, millions of Muslims around the world would become suicide bombers
targeting Jews and their supporters. IS would grow and expand a thousand
fold, with governments and security agencies utterly unable to stem the tide
of millions of youths joining its ranks.
I am not a prophet of doom and gloom and I don't see into the future.
However, from the intensive experience of 50 years of closely observing
Israeli behavior, I honestly believe that such scenarios are not outside the
realm of possibility. They could happen. History does repeat itself, if only
because most men don't learn from their blunders. And Israeli leaders are not
driven by wisdom or morality, but rather by arrogance and evil
millenarianism, very much like Hitler was. We know the rest of the story.
The alternative to establishing a unitary state in Palestine/Israel is
open-ended conflict. I think this is what will eventually be the case. This
is sad, but inevitable. But it does mean that Israel will have to live by the
sword for eternity. Israel is not a small isolated state living by itself in
a remote region. Israel is in the heart of the Arab world, and within a few
decades, will be surrounded by 600 million hostile Muslims, seething with
hatred and indignation for everything Zionist.
In short, all future scenarios facing Israel are negative if not nightmarish,
which means that Netanyahu, Bennet, et al, are taking Israel to the abyss.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current affairs
commentator living in Occupied Palestine