ISRAEL WARNS AGAINST RECOGNITION
OF INDEPENDENT PALESTINE
"We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel... Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours." ~ Rafael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Force
The hopes of a two-state solution has been basically knocked off the table if one goes by Israeli actions against the Palestinians, they have divided Israel up into smaller and smaller “islands” of Palestinians, They wish to isolate them completely.
By Mel Frykberg
The Israeli government has warned the U.N. Security Council and the EU that it will resort to unilateral countermeasures if the international community recognizes Palestine as an independent state at the U.N. General Assembly session next September.
The warning is in response to what the Israeli government perceives as attempts by critics, local and international, to "de-legitimize" the Jewish state.
Over the last few months a growing number of Latin American countries have granted recognition to an independent Palestinian state. These include Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Guyana. Paraguay and Peru are likely to follow suit in the near future while Venezuela recognized Palestine as an independent state in the mid-2000s.
Norway upgraded the Palestinian representative's office in Oslo from a 'general delegation' to a 'diplomatic delegation'. And over the past four months, several countries, including none other than the U.S. ~ followed by other Israeli-friendly states such as France, Spain, and Portugal - upgraded the Palestinian representations.
Another one hundred or so other countries ~ most of them developing nations ~ had recognized 'Palestine' after Yasser Arafat unilaterally declared "independence" in 1988.
Other states, mostly from the former Eastern Bloc, recognized Palestinian statehood in the wake of the 1993 Oslo peace accords.
The diplomatic tide that originated in Latin America could pick up steam in Africa and Asia. A tell tale sign was when the University of Johannesburg in South Africa decided last week to cease cooperation with Israel's Ben Gurion University and to boycott other Israeli universities.
The former apartheid regime in South Africa used to be one of Israel's closest allies. Military, political and economic cooperation between the two ostracized members of the international community was extremely close.
Israel helped train South African security forces, renowned for their brutality, and helped the apartheid state with its nuclear programme ~- since disbanded by the post-apartheid democratic government. In return, South Africa is believed to have supplied the Israelis with uranium for their own nuclear programme.
Israel's outrage at international criticism peaked after Mahmoud Abbas, or Abu Mazen as he is better known, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), stated on Thursday that negotiations with the Palestinians remain frozen.
Also last week, the Israeli foreign ministry sent a classified cable to more than 30 Israeli embassies abroad ordering them to lodge diplomatic protests at the highest possible level in response to Palestinian efforts for international recognition of statehood at the U.N. General Assembly session in September.
Last September, U.S. President Barack Obama told the General Assembly that he wished to see a Palestinian state become a member of the U.N. within a year. Israel and the Palestinians also agreed that the talks they began last Sept. 2 in Washington would last for about a year.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad stated that his efforts to establish state-building institutions would be completed by September.
What exactly the Israeli government has in mind in regard to the "unilateral actions" it is threatening is not known. But these could involve the annexation of major Israeli settlement blocs illegally built in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.
Speaking in Uruguay at the U.N. Latin American and Caribbean Meeting in support of Middle East peace Ban said it was a "crucial time" for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
(I would imagine THAT would have them defecating bricks.)
But Dr. Samir Awad from Birzeit Universitiy, near Ramallah, believes the Israelis care a lot more about establishing facts on the ground and a lot less for international opinion.
"The Israelis, contrary to their claims of saying they support the creation of an independent Palestinian state, have decided, albeit off the record, that the establishment of a Palestinian state is not in their interest," Awad told IPS.