Once the prospect of the Annapolis conference was placed on the table by Condoleezza Rice; and the Palestinian Authority under Mr Mahmoud Abbas expressed a willingness to compromise their core demands, the Israeli State and its US financiers moved the goal posts to gain additional advantage; and at long last we are beginning to see emerging Ehud Olmert and G W Bush’s final game plan for the Palestinians.
The Foreign Minister of Israel Tzipi Livni’s pre-Annapolis statement signaled this fact when she said “It must be clear to everyone that the State of Israel is a national homeland for the Jewish people,”– “the future Palestinian state would provide a solution to Palestinians worldwide, including Israeli Arabs in their struggle for national expression,”— “the national demands of Israeli Arabs should end the moment a Palestinian state is established,” What has changed with this statement is that the Israelis have upped the anti by demanding of the Palestinians that they now go way beyond merely recognizing the Israeli State. [Hamas was wise not to get involved in such brinkmanship and bazar haggling, as it was clearly designed to drive up the price the Palestinians would have to pay for Statehood and a degree of peace and security.]
The Israeli government is now stating clearly that Israel is to be a Jewish State alone! and there will be no place as citizens within it for Arabs or non Jews of any kind; and if any Palestinians fail to recognize this fact and choose for whatever reason, to remain within Israel after a Palestinians ‘Statelet’ is formed they will find Israel a very cold house indeed.
Israeli Arabs were not slow to spot the dangers in Tzipi Livni’s words, for they quickly understood what the government of Israel has in store for them, going abroad or endure as second class citizens on their ancestral lands. As an Arab member of the Knesset Mohammad Barakeh made clear in reply to Tzipi Livni, he and his fellow Israeli Arabs are going no where, “the Palestinian Arabs in Israel live in their homeland. They did not immigrate. It is the state that immigrated.”
What the Zionists are doing here is repeating the mistakes of Irelands Protestant Unionists in the early 1920’s, when rather than joining their fellow Irishmen and women in a new democratic Republic, they accepted the offer of the British State to regroup in the north east of Ireland and form a sectarian Statelet. Irelands Protestant unionists declared ‘Northern Ireland’ a Protestant State, for a Protestant people; and in the process they set in motion decades of human misery as the minority catholic population felt no loyalty to that statelet when they found themselves oppressed and excluded within it. That the Zionists intend to remove the pretense that Israel is a normal democracy by publicly proclaiming Israel a Jewish State, for a Jewish people would be farcical if the consequences were not so grave.
Just as the UK government encouraged and financed the Ulster Unionists foolishness, whilst turning a blind eye to the oppression that was inflicted by them on the catholic minority. The USA will do the same with Israel when it oppresses and attempts to exile its Israeli arab population.
Israel’s right to build a State based solely on race and religion must be opposed by the international community as it is setting the most dangerous of precedent that will give legitimacy to racists, crackpots and bigots throughout the world. Up until today the International Community has always demanded of Israel that those Arabs that live within its 1948 borders have full and equal rights as citizens of Israel. True there has never been true equality and the Arabs have remained at the bottom of the economic heap, but with Annapolis there is a clear departure from that policy by the Israeli State.
Thus it looks very much like the price Ehud Olmert is demanding for a Palestinian State is that Mahmoud Abbas not only signs away the Palestinian Diaspora’s right of return, but he also accepts responsibility for and issues entry visas to the entire Arab population of the State of Israel. Even by the standards of the middle east signing such a deal would be a monstrous betrayal, but if Mahmoud Abbas has no intention of betraying his people, what made him travel to Annapolis in the first place?