Posted in Palestine and the Middle East

Pleading for peace again

In an article in this week’s ‘New Statesmen’ Yitzhak Rabin’s daughter, Dalia Rabin-Pelosoff, is “Pleading for peace, again”, while extolling the courage of her father and King Hussein of Jordan when they ended the war between Israel and Jordan in 1994.(1) Now, while Yitzhak Rabin might have been assassinated by a very extreme, very deluded, right wing lunatic this does not mean that the “peace” he helped to achieve at Oslo in 1993 was any sort of “peace” at all and if it were any sort of “peace” at all, it was one that was unjusted and based on surrender. To think otherwise it would appear that Mr Rabin’s daughter, while not so very deluded as the man who killed her father, suffers from that collective delusion that has all Zionists living in a wee world of their own. This is all the more apparent when she goes on to say that, “Today even Binyamin Netanyahu, for years a fierce opponent, acknowledges the need for a two-state solution.”(2) Was it not Netanyahu who said that the Palestinians can call their “Bantustans” a “state” if they want, indeed, they can call it anything they want?” Of course, what we had at Oslo was an Arafat who was seriously in decline, a senile old man, who hardly mentioned Jerusalem once, who accepted the building of settlements on Palestinian land, who appeared to have forgotten all about resolutions 198 and 242, who appeared to have forgotten all about the Palestinians in the diaspora. An old man who was conned by the Israelis into accepting the responsibility for policing the resistance against them.
The point I am making is this; the Zionist mind, as evidenced by Dalia Rabin-Pelosoff’s article, really isn’t very accessible to those types of truths that we would deem ethical, just and moral. Of course, it cannot be for then it would no longer be a “zionist mind” and while Dalia is only doing what any good Zionist and daughter can do in sticking up for her assassinated father it has to be said that there is a priori no difference in the “Weltanschuung” of her father and the man who shot him. The really brave Israeli Prime Minister, the really brave statesman, will be that one who apologises to the Palestinians and asks them to forgive and come and share a truely free Palestine. However, now I am becoming as deluded as the most deluded of Zionists and they are a deluded, misinformed, bunch, aren’t they?
1 ‘New Statesman’ p13
2 ibid

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There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.

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