Israel: “Momentary Prosperity, Momentary Peace”

Prof. As’ad Abdul Rahman

With the troubled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations continuing to cast heavy shadow on peace prospects, US secretary of state John Kerry has warned that a breakdown could “threaten Israel’s economic prosperity and safety”. He recently told a Security Conference in Germany that “today’s status quo, to a certainty, I promise you 100% cannot be maintained. It’s not sustainable, it’s illusionary. There’s a momentary prosperity, there’s a momentary peace”. Kerry even went further saying “if negotiations failed, Israel would never stay a democratic country within a framework of dual ethnicity because people (Palestinians) will demand their full civil rights as enjoyed by its Jewish citizens”. Kerry even spoke of a “de-legitimization campaign building up” and “talk of boycotts and other kinds of things” against Israel if the current government does not seriously work to reach a peace settlement with the Palestinians. As to his comment on “momentary security”, Kerry could be referring to the fact that al- Qaeda is now at Israel’s borders on the Golan Heights and in Sinai with its ‘Takfiri’ doctrine that permits it to use all means, including chemical and radiated materials to eradicate Israel, without feeling concern of any possible retaliation, whatsoever. Israel, in this case, has no defence or security strategy that could effectively face up to the Takfiri hordes gathering near its borders.

 What seems to worry Israel now is the economic boycott that is steadily gathering momentum across the world against its racist policies and construction of colonial settlements on Palestinian lands. In Europe, a boycott movement is growing led by companies and mega funds with billions of dollars. The Palestinian grassroots non-violent movement BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) against Israel with campaigns in Western countries has been gaining support for its call for the end of Israel’s 1967 occupation and for the recognition of the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to attain full equality as well as the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands which they were forced to leave in 1948. Indeed, the non-violent strategy used by this movement has also found support from many Jews around the world and even Israelis who are “fed up” with the ‘religious right’ that has supremacy in the Zionist state. Such a ‘right’ will ultimately make Israel “an exclusionary Jewish state” eradicating democracy because its non-Jewish citizens will not have equal rights as its Jewish citizens. This very exclusionary principle when applied in Germany to make it “an Aryan State” for “the white Christian race” as a condition for full citizenship caused the Jews tremendous loss of life and property and nowasimilar attitude  is being invoked by no other than the Zionist state itself!!! Many Jews of conscience are absolutely certain that “an exclusionary Jewish State” will usher the end of Israel, without doubt.

The BDS campaigns are creating growing panic in Israel and a conflict between its foreign ministry and the ministry of strategic affairs. The latter has developed a plan to face and challenge the BDS’ campaigns around the world and asked for a large budget. The plan will be based on accusing BDS of anti-Semitism and aiming to delegitimize Israel as a state. The ministry’s answer to BDS will be carried by worldwide campaigns using and activating organizations and news media outlets friendly to the Zionist state. The Israeli foreign ministry opposes this plan because “it would make the problem much worse”! There seems to be a growing concern that the cost of the campaign launched by the BDS is high. According to a recent report by Yediot Ahronot “the Israeli losses resulting from this boycott affecting factories within settlements and Israeli farmers in the Jordan Valley are approaching 20 billion dollars coupled with the loss of employment of more than 10 thousand workers”.

Israeli colonial policies are not only catastrophic to Israelis and Jews only, but to Western countries and the United States, as well. The ‘Takfiri’ Western fighters of al-Qaeda gaining military experience in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, to mention a few, will eventually return to their homelands. The latest bombings in Russia are just a prelude of what is coming to Europe and the USA. That is why the American Secretary of State is pushing for a peaceful settlement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority, but he has been facing the wall of absolute Israeli intransigence and opposition. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is adamant on rejecting the proposed American framework plan and demanding the negotiations continue for one more year. Meanwhile, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas rejected an Israeli demand to recognize a ‘Jewish State’ and called for a further release of Palestinian prisoners and a halt to construction and expansion of Jewish colonial settlements. In the late March crisis, Israel refused to release the 4th group of Palestinian prisoners; a move that pushed the Palestinian President to join (15) U.N. conventions which – again – resulted in a series of Israeli “punishments” against the Palestinian Authority. Whatever the president of the United State is capable of doing to convince Israel is left to be seen. Expanding existing colonies/ “settlements” and building new ones on Palestinian occupied territories is not an agenda for peace or achievement of a two-state solution, but one leading to disasters affecting all including the Western world.