Twenty years since Oslo, US leadership has yielded endless ‘process’ with no ‘peace’ in sight

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Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shake hands on the White House lawn, September 13, 1993. (Photo: AP)

Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shake hands on the White House lawn, September 13, 1993. (Photo: AP)

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a key participant in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations over the past two decades, is far from sanguine about the latest iteration of talks, convened in July by the United States.  Last week, the Palestinian negotiator despondently told Voice of Palestine radio that “These negotiations are futile and won’t lead to any results.”

A brief sketch of the Israeli proposal on offer, leaked to the Associated Press from within the Palestinian negotiating team, demonstrates why Abed Rabbo’s assessment is unfortunately correct.  In the negotiations, Israel has “shown no intention to dismantle any settlement,” according to an anonymous Palestinian official, potentially leaving in place as many as 650,000 Israelis in colonies established illegally on Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since Israel militarily occupied these territories, along with the Gaza Strip, in 1967.

Together with the annexation of these Israeli colonies, Israel would retain control of the West Bank’s border with Jordan and keep military bases in the Jordan Valley, leaving Palestinians with provisional borders in a fragmented temporary “state” in 60 percent of the West Bank, which together with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip constitute just 22 percent of historic Palestine. Meanwhile, the resolution of other permanent status issues, such as Jerusalem and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to properties from which they were ethnically cleansed by Israel during its establishment in 1948, would be deferred indefinitely.

Rather than resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this proposal would only prolong it, while providing Israel a pretext to further entrench its military occupation and extend its colonization of Palestinian land. Rather than allowing Palestinians to exercise independence over a small portion of their homeland, this proposal would result in the establishment of an entity devoid of sovereignty akin to a South African apartheid-era Bantustan. No wonder that advocates of a legitimate two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are souring on its prospects.

This Friday marks twenty years since Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed the Oslo Accord on the White House lawn, triggering a “peace process” that was supposed to have concluded by May 1999 with the parties resolving all outstanding issues and signing a peace treaty. After two decades of fruitless talks that have yielded only an interminable “process” with “peace” nowhere in sight—a period in which Israel more than doubled its settler population on Palestinian land—will more U.S.-mediated talks succeed in achieving a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or will the current round of negotiations merely validate Einstein’s definition of insanity as doing the same thing and expecting a different result?

The answer depends, to a large extent, on whether the United States continues to act as “Israel’s attorney, catering and coordinating with the Israelis at the expense of successful peace negotiations,” in the words of former Clinton- and Bush-era U.S. “peace process” player Aaron David Miller, or finally acts as the “honest broker” it claims to be but has not been to date.

At the outset of President Obama’s first term, it appeared that the new administration might adopt a more evenhanded approach. By appointing former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell as his Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, Obama sensibly jettisoned the tradition of appointing an individual with pro-Israel ideological baggage to lead U.S. mediation efforts. And unlike his predecessors who had turned a blind eye to the expansion of Israeli settlements during the “peace process,” Obama forcefully demanded that Israel fulfill its prior agreed-upon obligations to halt settlement expansion in order to enable successful negotiations.

However, the hopeful signs of a potential policy shift proved illusory as Obama was unwilling to stand up to the pushback from the Israel lobby and capitulated to it by appointing quintessential Israel-firster Dennis Ross to “quarterback” all Middle East policies from that point forward. The Obama administration then proceeded with the most overtly pro-Israel policy in U.S. history by increasing military aid to Israel to unprecedented levels, blocking the international community from holding Israel accountable for war crimes committed during its 2008-2009 attack on the Gaza Strip, and scuttling efforts for Palestine to become a member of the United Nations.

Unfortunately Obama’s second term policies have only exacerbated this problematic and one-sided orientation.  When Secretary of State John Kerry reconvened Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in July, unlike during its last attempt to do so in 2010, the Obama administration did not even pretend that Israel would halt its colonization drive this time around. Meanwhile, Obama’s appointment of Ambassador Martin Indyk—a former employee of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—as Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations clearly signals that there will be no veering from pro-Israel orthodoxies in this term.

By failing to act as an “honest broker” that would promote a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on U.N. resolutions, international law, and Palestinian self-determination, through the never-ending “peace process,” the United States is complicit in and a partner to Israel’s ongoing denial of freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people.

About Josh Ruebner

Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service. He is author of Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace (Verso Books).

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  1. Ramzi Jaber
    September 13, 2013, 9:43 am

    Twenty years since Oslo, US leadership has yielded endless ‘process’ with endless illegal ‘colonies’ in sight

    • seafoid
      September 13, 2013, 4:36 pm

      Here is Said’s article from 1993 in the LRB in case anyone missed it

      link to lrb.co.uk

      • just
        September 13, 2013, 4:47 pm

        Thanks for posting that again, seafoid. It is powerful. Thankfully, Mr. Said’s words live on…….

      • seafoid
        September 13, 2013, 5:04 pm

        I really like this bit

        “The common battle against poverty, injustice and militarism must now be joined seriously, and without the ritual demands for psychological security for Israelis – who if they don’t have it now, never will. ”

        He was wrong about this though…

        “Then Israel will turn to the wider Arab world, using the political benefits of the Palestinian agreement as a Springboard to break into Arab markets, which it will also exploit and is likely to dominate.”

        Israel never did convince the Arabs. And when histories are written about the 2 waves of Crusaders who built those wonderful castles (Beaufort and the Kirya) , that point will be hammered home.

      • ziusudra
        September 14, 2013, 3:58 am

        Re.: seafoid,
        The grandest bubbles burst.
        1637, the bust of the Tulip Market!
        1720, John Law’s Mississippi Bubble goes bust!
        1720, England’s South Ssea Bubble goes bust!
        1929, Wall Street’s Bubble goes bust!
        Whatever, the Zios of Zionistan have in mind,
        remember F. Hegel: you draw a thesis, you get
        an antithesis, ponder the systhesis. The sythesis
        won’t be in favour of Zionistan. We all have
        bubbles that burst!
        ziusudra
        PS We remember that Little French taking her
        milk to market dreaming exponentially of
        going from milk to chicks to a pig to a cow; she
        fell & spilled the milk destroying her basic capital!

      • Obsidian
        September 14, 2013, 2:00 pm

        *cue cuckoo clock chime*

      • Ramzi Jaber
        September 14, 2013, 10:19 am

        Really nice. Thanks seafoid.

  2. just
    September 13, 2013, 9:47 am

    Sadly, we’ve never been an “honest broker”, and until we stop enabling covetous and cruel Israel and paying lip service to “peace” we ought to sideline ourselves from this “process”, end our unholy alliance with Apartheid Israel, stop our foolish grandstanding, and fully support the Palestinians in their efforts at the UN.

    That includes an end to our perpetual veto @ the UN. It also includes removing Samantha Power from her position……….and replacing her with a human.

    • Ramzi Jaber
      September 13, 2013, 9:54 am

      just, AMEN on Samantha Power!

      Her, just like Obama, Hagel, and many others on whom we pegged some hope, got successfully painted by aipac as anti-semitic and anti-zionism that they then go into overdrive and over-compensate becoming more zionist than the extreme zioists. can’t say aipac doesn’t know how to play the game.

      • LanceThruster
        September 13, 2013, 4:59 pm

        This always comes to mind when I see the likes of those flip-flopping and giving their seal of approval for endless Israeli encroachment –

        Lt. Col. Korn, XO: [speaking to Yossarian] All you have to do is be our pal.

        Colonel Cathcart: Say nice things about us.

        Lt. Col. Korn, XO: Tell the folks at home what a good job we’re doing. Take our offer Yossarian.

        Colonel Cathcart: Either that or a court-martial for desertion.

      • Ramzi Jaber
        September 14, 2013, 10:46 am

        You made me laugh!

    • ziusudra
      September 14, 2013, 2:51 am

      Greetings just,
      The way we were & are.
      With all our high flung posturing about Democracy; Jefferson & Washington were
      slave owners.
      We simply need look at the basis of American Football to see that the vocabulary is of nothing less than conquest!
      We perpetuate the Germanic Anglo-Saxon tribes, who conquered the Celtic British Island, (Brit, Gaelic for Tin Digger Tribe), who have been warring outside of their country from 449AD till today!
      ziusudra
      PS appreciate your post.

  3. seafoid
    September 13, 2013, 11:36 am

    The US is also complicit in the ongoing tragedy of Israel. There were numerous opportunities to steer Israel away from the path of self destruction but none was ever taken. Parenting takes balls and Israel needs a parent who takes the long view. America was doped out on AIPAC cash and never met the teachers.

    • Real Jew
      September 13, 2013, 2:09 pm

      Right on the money Seafoid. Its not just the Palestinians the US is hurting when it blindly supports israel’s every wish. The goons at aipac might think everything they do benefits israel but as we all know thats often not the case. They are drunk off their power and wealth and have lost sight and direction. There’s nothing wrong with finding a cause and supporting it via lobbying but to do it to the extent aipac does unchallenged is a disaster for all parties

      • seafoid
        September 13, 2013, 4:26 pm

        When TSHTF for Israel an awful lot of Jewish Israelis are going to lose out financially . And there won’t be any sign of Foxman or the AIPAC heads when that happens. Jewish solidarity won’t be anywhere to be seen.

      • ziusudra
        September 14, 2013, 3:09 am

        Greetings Real Jew,
        It is heart warming to read of you as a confesser to Judaism posting here. Where are the many voices of progressive secular US or Israelis
        as we had in the open standing up for civil & social rights as they have
        since the 1880s in US Society?
        I heard of the Israeli women who do Checkpoint Duty volantarily assisting the Falesteeni. I heard of the club of retired soldiers, who assist Falesteeni Farmers in the WB against the heinous monkey Terrorist attacks in their orchards & fields, who get spit upon & are called Nazis by the squatters. Very moving.
        The coming Sabra Generations must go against their Zio Fathers& Grandfathers in reconciliation with the Falesteeni.
        Thank you, real Jew.
        ziusudra

    • Citizen
      September 14, 2013, 12:52 pm

      I guess it takes another Ike to buck the Jewish lobby. We likely will have WW3 before we get one, if ever, as I’m not sure the US is capable economically any longer to win another world war, which would start as a strike on Iran. Russia wouldn’t be our ally, suffering most of the loss, and we’ve outsourced our industry.

      Meanwhile, check this out re why Obama can not make peace in the I-P Conflict:
      link to truth-out.org

  4. Tuyzentfloot
    September 13, 2013, 1:11 pm

    The Guardian has an article by Avi Shlaim link to theguardian.com titled
    “It’s now clear: the Oslo peace accords were wrecked by Netanyahu’s bad faith”.

    That bothered me. Netanyahu has been an easy scapegoat for a while: we’re fine, it’s just Netanyahu (and his ‘crowd’ or whatever) that’s the problem.

    But then I read the article and I think it’s decent. It doesn’t really match the title.

  5. NickJOCW
    September 13, 2013, 2:32 pm

    This Guardian piece places responsibility on Netanyahu
    link to theguardian.com

    • seafoid
      September 13, 2013, 3:25 pm

      Netanyahu and everyone who voted for him. The vast majority of israelis are happy the way things are. Evil is eventually normalised.

      • MHughes976
        September 13, 2013, 3:36 pm

        Avi Shlaim points out that it was governments of all parties, not just Likud. He still says that Oslo wasn’t doomed from the start and suggests that all would have been well had the settlement programme not been so aggressive and that genuine Palestinian sovereignty might have emerged. Well, I think that Zionism all but precludes Palestinian sovereignty in any form.

      • seafoid
        September 13, 2013, 4:27 pm

        “Well, I think that Zionism all but precludes Palestinian sovereignty in any form.”

        If Zionism had any interest in Palestinian sovereignty the Israeli education system would look very different.

      • ziusudra
        September 14, 2013, 3:24 am

        Greetings seafoid,
        As always, i enjoy & agree with your post.
        Zionism being an ideology, will weaken & fade,
        hopefully soon.
        After the cyclops had eaten some of Ulysseus’ men.
        The survivors swam to safty, slept the night, ate
        the next morning & only then, did they remember &
        lament the loss of their comrades. That’s what we,
        Mankind are.
        I’m hoping for the coming Generations of the Sabra
        to turn the tide for peace & harmony in Falesteena.
        It is certainly not going to come from Zionist Zionistan
        or the imperial Agenda of the US, UK, FR.
        ziusudra
        PS The Falesteeni & the ME will survive. This territory
        probably had been ruled by foreignors even before the Canaanites,
        Egyptians & Hittites; before written history.

      • NickJOCW
        September 14, 2013, 5:38 am

        seafoid,

        Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. Herman Goering, the Nuremberg Trials 1948

      • Citizen
        September 14, 2013, 1:05 pm

        @ NickJOCW
        Exactly. When he told the US that at Nuremberg, including his US guard, they thought he was just blowing hot air. Goering had one of the highest IQ’s of the Nuremberg defendants; if memory serves, only Shacht (Hitler’s finance minister) and maybe Seyes-Inquart (Hitler’s leader in Austria) had higher IQ’s. Nobody gave the Allied leaders an IQ test. That’s a perk of being the war winners.

    • just
      September 13, 2013, 3:32 pm

      I agree with Mr. Shlaim.

      I had linked to that in Adam’s article yesterday, and responded to seafoid’s post with this:

      “Edward Said (RIP) was prescient. An incredible human with an incredible and deep understanding of the vast inequities visited upon the Palestinian people by Israel (and the US). The blame for failure to achieve peace has always been assigned to the Palestinians by Israel and the US (Bill Clinton should be and forever remain ashamed for targeting & blaming Yasser Arafat after Camp David……..). Yet what is crystal clear is that no Israeli government could or can ever be trusted, I do not believe that they ever wanted peace with the Palestinians. I ask “where is the Israeli Gandhi”!??? No matter what the Palestinians do/ do not do– neither Israel nor the US gives them any credit– ever! Instead, the punishment continues.

      “Two books published in 2004 placed the blame for the failure of the summit on Arafat. They were The Missing Peace by longtime US Middle East envoy Dennis Ross and My Life by Clinton. Clinton wrote that Arafat once complimented Clinton by telling him, “You are a great man.” Clinton responded, “I am not a great man. I am a failure, and you made me one.”[31] During a lecture in Australia, Ross suggested that the reason for the failure was Arafat’s unwillingness to sign a final deal with Israel that would close the door on any of the Palestinians’ maximum demands, particularly the right of return. Ross claimed that what Arafat really wanted was “a one-state solution. Not independent, adjacent Israeli and Palestinian states, but a single Arab state encompassing all of Historic Palestine”.[32]”
      (wiki)

      I also appreciate what Mr. Said wrote: “The common battle against poverty, injustice and militarism must now be joined seriously, and without the ritual demands for psychological security for Israelis – who if they don’t have it now, never will.”

      Those “ritual demands for psychological security for Israelis” never, ever included any physical or psychological security for the Palestinian people– NEVER. Instead Israel continues its horrible abuse of the indigenous people of Palestine– a people under Occupation and under protection of international law that Israel flouts with impunity.

      As for your question seafoid– I have no idea really. I think it may come if, and only if, the US comes clean and stops its arrogant enabling of this belligerent and cruel state that is perfecting Apartheid.”

      link to mondoweiss.net

      • seafoid
        September 13, 2013, 5:18 pm

        Said was a deep thinker. Zionism doesn’t have anyone like him. It’s all short termism .

        Anyone who is familiar with the landscape of the Holy Land understands that waves of invaders have passed through and followed the cycle of power and eventual loss. Why would Zionism be any different ? The Mamluks were the IDF of their day. What happened? Goethe warned against exaggerating the importance of one’s own times but the bots can’t stop themselves.

        That eternal bond with the Yanks is as durable as Herod’s deal with the Romans.

      • ziusudra
        September 14, 2013, 3:27 am

        Re.: seafoid,
        Bravo again.
        ziusudra

      • HarryLaw
        September 14, 2013, 6:21 am

        seafoid, “Said was a deep thinker. Zionism doesn’t have anyone like him. It’s all short termism “. Congressional approval for Israeli expansionism is also short-termism, most Congressional members probably despise AIPAC’s all pervasive control, but for short-termism ends i.e. being elected again, go along with it. Most politicians only act when forced to do so, many members of Congress no doubt see a train wreck in the future but their short-termism, money and power in the here and now precludes them from acting as prescient statesmen

      • Walid
        September 14, 2013, 8:53 am

        “Zionism doesn’t have anyone like him. It’s all short termism .” (seafoid)

        Looking at it from an Arab’s point of view, I’d disagree with you and with Harry on this one, seafoid. The Zionist master plan was hatched decades before there was an Israeli state and everything they did from the turn of the other century and onward was in function of the desired result many years and in some instances many decades down the road. For example they eyed the Litani and the Golan decades before Israel was born and had been jockeying to get their hands on both because they knew that ultimately they would need the water of both for the survival of a future state, especially as far as the northern Galilee was concerned eventhough sparsely populated by Jews at the time. For another, they started negotiating with other Arabs in the early 1920s and 1930s to transfer out the Palestinians from the Galilee to Iraq and the only reason it didn’t happen was because they couldn’t agree on the price. It was again seen with the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza when in exchange of a small problematic area that had been home for about 6,000 settlers, they got their hands on much bigger area on the West Bank to house several hundreds of thousands and an American committment to back their refusal of the Palestinians’ RoR and other goodies.. That’s not short-termism. The Arabs on the other hand don’t plan beyond the next 20 minutes and this has been one of their major shortcomings in the conflict and why Israel has been dancing circles around them for decades.

        Despite all their long-term super planning, in the end the Zionists are doomed to fail not only because they didn’t alter their master plan to fit the changing situation but mostly because of their insatiable lust for land. Their end will come at their own hand and without any help from the Arabs.

        It’s as you say about their time being limited just like with other empires that ruled the land before them.

      • seafoid
        September 14, 2013, 9:38 am

        Walid

        They only look at the asset aide of the balance sheet and they have been building up the liability side and ignoring it. Sure the Gaza thing was neat but who says they will get away with it? At the end of the day they never had an answer to the question of what they are going to do with all the Palestinians in their Jewish Disneyland.

        Zionism started out with those tower stockades in the Galilee and has basically followed that model from then on. It’s like a momentum stock. But no idea what to do when the momentum stops .

        Is anyone in the Zionist leadership aware of where the whole project is headed? Lehman Bros was probably run by Zionists…

      • Walid
        September 14, 2013, 10:45 am

        Loved the “Jewish Disneyland” term. It fits right in with the Birthright hulabaloo and other themes.

      • seafoid
        September 14, 2013, 11:07 am

        Walid

        Jewish disneyland- I read it somewhere.

        Back to your point about the Arabs. They have been behind the game from the start. But think about it like this. Amos Oz in his autobiography wrote about a Palestinian in Jerusalem who invited his family for dinner sometime in 1947. By 1948 his father’s friends were moving into Palestinian homes. The hospitality was met by ethnic cleansing.

        That was a trauma and then you had the elite leaving and the population pauperised. The last 70 years of Palestinian history would have been unimaginable to a fellah in the Galilee in the 1920s. How low things could go. It takes time to recover from something like that.

        link to youtube.com

        But look at things now- look at the organization on campuses in the US or the BDS crowd or the eloquence of Haneen Zoabi when swatting off the bot memes
        link to youtube.com

        – the society is kicking back at the same time that thinking people are asking questions about the reality of the Israeli system.

        And sure the education system is better in Israel. But if you look at Iraq it’s not always about who has the biggest stock market. You have to know what you are doing. And I don’t think deep down the Israelis do. They have this insecurity that is based on the injustice of their system . I think they know that it is all rotten. And nobody wants to go there.

        Israel has so many stresses pushing down on the mental structure of Zionism and the Arabs are only one part. Maybe the most dangerous enemy will be a younger generation of Jews. It may not be this generation but the ideology is so fragile.

      • Walid
        September 14, 2013, 12:04 pm

        Seafoid, your piece about the young Palestinians is inspiring. All I was seeing was the dark history of decades of the Palestinians getting it from the Zionists, from other Arabs and from their own. Getting it from the Zionists was natural but getting it from the others was not. It would be of more interest to know whatever became of the treasure hunt for Arafat’s alleged mega-fortune than about the Polonium. Arabs now rushing to normalize relations with Israel is more shafting of the Palestinians. 2 states signed full peace treaties with Israel without ensuring in the process some relief to the Palestinians. Ironic these 2 states were part of the rush to grab a piece of the pie before the Zionists beat them to it. Palestinians can rely on only themselves.

        Until the Zionists self-destruct, which will surely happen in the future, the Palestinians will continue suffering.

      • Citizen
        September 14, 2013, 1:11 pm

        @ seafoid
        As Bush Jr regime believed, and I think the Obama regime thinks the same: we will do what we do and make history for we are history’s doers, we make our own reality, and you can all write about it many years later. I think Zionist leaders think the same, hence they never stop establishing “facts on the ground.” Only world wars can erase such facts, as Hitler, another doer, found out. Also Mussolini and Tojo.

      • seafoid
        September 14, 2013, 2:28 pm

        Walid

        The Palestinians were shafted by everyone but someone said recently that it is only they who can guarantee the Jewish presence in the Middle East. And they can really only rely on themselves even if they have tremendous popular support.
        Sometimes just getting up out of bed is the only thing people can do. I think the Palestinians did well to hold on as long as they have – this was one thing the Israelis never understood. How could anyone want to live in Balata refugee camp. But being in Palestine is everything even if it looks like nothing. And the smell of the trees . Also the fourth generation has more insight than the previous ones did. It is going to be very interesting.

        Ultimately Zionism is anti the values of Judaism – so maybe they were very successful politically but at an enormous social and moral cost.

        BTW I think the damage they did to the Palestinians is going to take ages to recover from. Israelis are traumatised but so too are Palestinians.

      • Walid
        September 14, 2013, 4:13 pm

        Many countries stood by the Jews in the creation of their state; how many stood by the Palestinians? There are now almost 100 memorials to the holocaust spread out over 25 countries, 40% of those memorials are in the US, but not one memorial to the Nakba anywhere in the world that up to today has as many victims as the holocaust itself. In fact “Nakba” is a dirty word in Israel and any commemoration of it by Palestinians is outlawed.

      • seafoid
        September 14, 2013, 10:27 pm

        The bots are very dismissive of the Roma as well, Walid. The Roma were murdered with them by the Nazis and are still dirt poor. It says a lot about the human capacity for bullshit.

  6. American
    September 13, 2013, 5:01 pm

    Ha!
    you wanna end I/P?
    then you gotta get seriously nasty
    you gotta throw your shoes at US poltcans
    you gotta tell them how you know they are freaking bought and paid for hypocrites and tratiors
    you gotta attend their speeches when they venture out in publc and confront them the same way the ordinary citizen confronted McCain and called him a DC marshmellow and war monger.
    you gotta get mad,mad,mad and disembowel the f****** in public in front of their audience..
    you gotta verbally hammer them so hard their throats close up and they start choking…
    you have to put them ‘on the run’—not have ‘reasonable discourse with them.
    you gotta rip their character and careers to shreds
    iow..go for the juglar, bleed out every drop of their poltcal lies and hypocriscy.
    Have no sympathy for them cause I guarentee they have none for you.
    And there are thousands of maimed forever Americans and 50,00 + dead ones in Arlington cemetery in the past 4 decades to prove it.

  7. upsidedownism
    September 14, 2013, 6:07 am

    nothing wrong with Oslo, except a detail of spelling

    It should be called the ‘Oslo Piece Process’

    Then people would understand it is a process which lets Israel take control of Palestine piece by piece by piece….

  8. American
    September 14, 2013, 12:11 pm

    Arron David Miller?..really?

    Lets just dissect Mr Miller a bit……and his advice to look at the ‘cold realites’ of being Israel’s lawyer.

    Miller—-”The case for Israel-first advocacy is compelling. Israelis live in a dangerous neighborhood; they have only one real friend and critically important security requirements that the United States is committed to furthering. Practically speaking, Israel sits on land the Arabs want, so without Israel’s trust and confidence there can be no peace process.”

    Ah yes, presupposing and still promoting the ‘special relatonship’ and US responsibility for Israel. And Arabs are the ones that want to steal Israel’s land.

    Miller—-“”Having worked for the past six secretaries of state on Arab-Israeli negotiations, I believe in the importance of a strong U.S.-Israeli relationship.””

    Yeah, we know you do.

    Miller—-“And one lesson is that there should be no inherent contradiction between our special relationship with Israel and our capacity to be an effective broker in Arab-Israeli negotiations. We can still be Israel’s close friend and work with Israelis and Palestinians to ensure that the needs of both sides are met.”

    Sure, just like I would violate my special relationship and be impartial about the choice of my wife , child, etc. vr someone else.

    Miller—“Beyond this, once Gaza withdrawal is secured and Palestinians can effectively control terrorism and violence, the administration must recalibrate its role — lawyering now for both sides: Palestinians need a settlements freeze and a pathway to permanent-status negotiations; Israelis need a comprehensive end to Palestinian terrorism, violence and incitement.”

    Yes indeed, it is Gaza violence that is the problem for Israel’s ‘needs’.

    There are no ‘cold realites ‘ in Miller’s pathetic attempt uphold the ‘special relationship’ while ‘pretending’ to advocate ‘even handness’.
    Direct contridiction and typical bullsh*t of I-Firstdom lite–wouldnt pass the sniff test in Critical Reading 101.

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