Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Annexation of Palestine and the Expulsion of Its People

What did we expect after collaborating with the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian homeland for more than a half century? They've even got a name for it, "The Decision Plan."  

The approval of the plan, dubbed by its supporters “The Decision Plan,” has been actively promoted by Habayit Hayehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich. It aims to “alter the discourse and present a true alternative to any plan based on dividing the land,” according to a National Union statement.

“After a hundred years of managing the conflict, the time has come for a decision,” Smotrich told the assembly. “The principles [of the left] have within a few years become accepted by growing parts of the Israeli leadership. First on the left, and later, unfortunately, also on the right, which to a great extent has lost its belief in the justice of our path and has been dragged toward the two-state solution.

“The vision of the decision plan is not new,” Smotrich said. “These are the foundations on which Zionism was erected. We do not assume that there are two narratives here that are equal. There’s one side that’s correct, and another that is undermining the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.” 

They're not even pretending any more although we're pretending they still are.

Smotrich added, “We have to engrave in the consciousness of the Arabs and the entire world that there is no chance of establishing an Arab state in the Land of Israel.”

The Smotrich plan presents a kind of surrender-or-transfer ultimatum to the Palestinians in which “two alternatives will be offered to the Arabs of the Land of Israel:
“1. Anyone who is willing and able to relinquish the fulfillment of his national aspirations will be able to stay here and live as an individual in the Jewish state.
“2. Anyone who is unwilling or unable to relinquish his national aspirations will receive assistance from us to emigrate to one of the Arab countries.
There is also a third option.
“Anyone who insists on choosing the third ‘option’ – to continue to resort to violence against the Israel Defense Forces, the State of Israel and the Jewish population will be determinedly handled by the security forces with greater force than at present and under more comfortable conditions for us.” 

Bibi Nods Approvingly.

Smotrich’s program may sound ephemeral, but it received recognition from Netanyahu, who sent a videotaped message of support to the conference.

“I was happy to hear that you are devoting the discussions at the conference to the subject of the future of the Land of Israel. Up until not so many years ago, this country was deserted and abandoned, but since we returned to Zion, after generations of exile, the Land of Israel is flourishing,” said Netanyahu in the recorded greeting.

The prime minister added: “Within less than 70 years, we have succeeded in building a prosperous country, a world leader in economics, technology, security, agriculture, cybersecurity, health and many other fields. We are building the country and settling it in the mountains, the valleys, the Galilee, the Negev and in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] too, because this is our country. We have been given the privilege of living in the land, and we have an obligation to guard it carefully.”


John B. said...

Extract from draft submitted for inclusion in mission statement of the Basel Program:

"The aim of Zionism is to create for the Jewish people a home in Eretz­Israel secured by law."

Compromise expression said to have been proposed by Herzl himself:

"Zionism seeks to establish a home for the Jewish people in Eretz­Israel secured under public law."

Entry asserted to have been made in Herzl's diary:

“Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word - which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly - it would be this: At Basel I founded the Jewish State.”

Start as you intend to continue.

What's a hundred years? What's a thousand?

Is this too tragic for a "yuk-yuk-yuk"?

Trailblazer said...

They're not even pretending any more although we're pretending they still are.

We, the West, pretend that there is no genocide anywhere there is no oil or a road to the rapture.
We then ridicule the Muslim 69 virgins or whatever!!

It's old news but never ceases to upset .


Trailblazer said...

These people are no better than those they kill at will.

They have become no better than the Nazis that tried to exterminate them.


the salamander said...

.. there is no sense..
that Israel..
will regain its senses..

Its become very very dark.. there

It does look like Israel has 'lost it'
The 'picture' .. the promise.. the reality
even the vague semblance of sanity..

They appear to have instead opted for..
a twisted variation of TrumpWorld ..
settlerism.. they may call it..

How will that unfold ?
Not well at all..
Insanity does not unfold well..
Oh not at all.. actually..

Northern PoV said...

"They have become no better than the Nazis that tried to exterminate them."

TB you again captured my thoughts.

but be careful - criticizing Israel is quickly labeled anti-antisemitism in the west
- there is even a move to criminalize these opinions

Trailblazer said...

Aung San Suu Kyi was once considered vision of enlightenment.
We become enamored with causes and the individuals that lead them; we seem to need heros!
That the Jews were subject to genocide is unconscionable but using this fact to further a colonial cause is but a smoke screen.
We are in a day where religion is used as a smoke screen for discrimination and atrocity.


the salamander said...

.. 'religion as smokescreen' - three words - hitting the nail on the head

The Mound of Sound said...

I'm loathe to use the Israeli-Nazi analogy because it's unfair to the significant minority of Israelis who are as aghast at what's befallen their nation as anyone, even more so. One of the best things the Likkudniks have going for them is that their critics do include enough anti-Semites that it enables them to brand them all anti-Semitic. Harper certainly liked that world view and, to a lesser extent, it's found purchase within the Liberal ranks also. It has cowed the NDP and even Elizabeth May quakes in her boots even as her party's membership stands resolute.

Alison at Creekside chronicles the voting record in the UN General Assembly on motions touching on the Israel-Palestine problem. It's invariably the "rest of the world" versus Israel, the US, Canada and a small clutch of "bought and paid for" island micro-states in the central Pacific. Sweep away the paid help and that leaves Canada and the United States, Ottawa and Washington, as Israel's only backers. In the face of this reality, our refusal to acknowledge the state of apartheid, our refusal to denounce the captivity of an entire people for more than half a century, our indifference to the succession of war crimes perpetrated at will by our "ally", we cannot deny our culpability in this. Without us it could not happen.