This is a hugely important piece. Akiva Eldar, a long-time two-stater who was at the J Street conference in ’09 and who supported the Geneva Initiative, writes an obit for the peace process in Haaretz, “The Oslo Accords are all but dead.”
Eldar comes out forcefully against the impresario of the peace process sham, Obama aide Dennis Ross, who has been around forever. The significance of this piece is that– while it has never appeared in the New York Times— it is a challenge to all liberal Zionists in America who support the peace process to admit that they have only produced more Palestinian despair by empowering the likes of Dennis Ross. And even Eldar is sick of the hypocrisy. But then, he has to live there. In Washington, they can maintain their delusions! And notice Eldar’s specific challenge to Ross as a deluded Zionist (emphasis mine):
For years [Ross] has been nurturing the myth that if the United States would only meet his exact specifications, the Israeli right would offer the Arabs extensive concessions.
During the years he headed the American peace team, Israeli settlement construction ramped up. Now Ross, the former chairman of the Jewish People Policy Institute, is trying to convince the Palestinians to give up on bringing Palestinian independence for a vote in the United Nations in September and recognize the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people – in other words, as his country, though he was born in San Francisco, more than that of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was born in Safed.
If they give up on the UN vote, Ross argues, then Netanyahu will be so kind as to negotiate a final-status agreement with them. Has anyone heard anything recently about a construction freeze in the settlements?
Ross is trying to peddle the illusion that the most right-wing government Israel has ever seen will abandon the strategy of eradicating the Oslo approach in favor of fulfilling the hated agreement. In an effort to save his latest boss from choosing between recognizing a Palestinian state at the risk of clashing with the Jewish community and voting against recognition at the risk of damaging U.S. standing in the Arab world, Ross is trying to drag the Palestinians back into the “peace process” trap.
If Obama really intended to justify his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, he would not have left the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the hands of this whiz at the never-ending management of the conflict…
If I were in Abbas’ place, I would tell Dennis Ross that he should tell his president to forget about negotiations without recognition in writing from Netanyahu stating that the permanent borders will be based on the 1967 lines with agreed-upon changes and committing to a total freeze of settlement construction during negotiations and a set timetable for withdrawal from the territories.
You don’t want Oslo? Fine, we don’t need it. No more “Palestinian Authority”; no more Area A, B or C (a division that has in effect created a Land of the Settlers on 60 percent of the territory ); no more “peace process.”
Restore military rule in the West Bank. At the same time, you can reoccupy Gaza and go back to Gush Katif [settlement in Gaza].