As someone who believed in the peace process and the two state solution, it’s not been easy to reach this conclusion, but all the evidence points this way.
Earlier this month I wrote several posts about how the Mideast Quartet had become little more than a vehicle for the U.S. and Israel to strong-arm their European partners into adopting the Israeli position on all matters concerning Mideast peace. After this most recent Quartet meeting, there was a great deal of speculation as to why no post-meeting statement was issued and I opined on this site that I thought it was because the State Department, working with Israel, tried to get the rest of the Quartet to adopt language that unfairly benefited Israel while placing the Palestinians in an even worse bargaining position should negotiations resume. Well, I was right. Unfortunately, it was worse than I thought.
Former Israeli peace negotiator Daniel Levy managed to get his hands on a draft of the statement that the U.S. had wanted the Quartet to sign onto. Luckily, the other Quartet members refused and thus no statement was issued. Now I see why. I won’t even bother posting an excerpt from the article because you really have to read the whole thing to grasp just what an utter failure the Obama administration has been on Mideast Peace due to their total capitulation to Israeli interests.
According to Levy, the statement the U.S. tried to push off on the Quartet was co-written in Jerusalem and adopted almost all of the Likud talking points. As if we needed more reminding, this again shows that the U.S. is not an honest broker, is not interested in being an honest broker and never will be an honest broker, no matter how many times Secretary Clinton defensively claims otherwise. In fact, I would go so far as to say when it comes to Mideast peace, the U.S. is dishonest and unethical. This administration is no better than a playground bully, giving the stronger party the weapons to beat up on the weak and that is why I no longer support any U.S.-led peace negotiations- all they are is a pretext which allows Israel to illegally annex more land and further entrench the Occupation while using the so-called “peace process” as cover. So long as Israel keeps up even the appearance of being interested in peace, they get away with it, which is why Bibi plays along. Remember, Bibi admitted that he used Oslo as a means to gobble up more land under the guise of security. This is how the game works.
Naturally Levy’s article won’t make its way into the MSM because it would show Americans just what a joke the whole peace process is. It would also show how Israel is hardly a victim in all of this. Then when you consider the revelation Friday about Israel’s plan to prevent a contiguous Palestinian state by annexing not only the West Bank (and Gaza) settlements but the areas around them, it’s pretty clear that the Palestinians are absolutely right in thinking that their only hope for justice is to take their case to the international community and bypass the U.S. completely.
I will say this- if Congress, the Lobby, the Christian Zionists and the Jewish community don’t want a two state solution then they should have the f*cking balls to come out and admit it as opposed to hiding behind this peace process mirage and playing these games. Not only that, but they should have to take responsibility for what happens as a result of their insistence that the U.S. sabotage any attempt at a just resolution of the conflict while hiding behind the veil of “support” for Israel. And then when violence against the U.S. and Israel erupts and when Israel turns into an Apartheid state, is rendered less secure and more isolated than ever before, they will have no one but themselves to blame, although I’m sure that won’t stop them from blaming everyone else because victim-hood has become their default position and primary defense mechanism. I’m sorry, but there is nothing “pro-Israel” about these people.