This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.
Is there a tipping point that will make Palestine reappear?
I doubt the turmoil in Syria is helping.
With Israel striking targets in Syria and fleeing Syrians inundating Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan – there are more than half a million Syrian refugees in Jordan alone – instability in the Middle East is once again Israel’s gift from God.
Jordan is at wits end. Turkey is deporting Syrians. Syrian refugees are spilling over into Israeli controlled areas. According to commentators the Arab League has made another “strategic choice” to sit this one out. “Neutrality” is another way of choosing sides.
“You can’t be neutral on a moving train” – wrote Howard Zinn, the late extraordinary Jew of Conscience. But you can jump off and let others absorb the crash then see what comes your way.
Patching Syria together again will take years. Everyone in the Middle East will have to “cooperate” as respected members of the international community. Yes, as they pick apart the pieces of Syria they want.
Think of those in and around Syria as circling vultures feeding off Syria’s carcass.
Whither Palestine in relation to Syria? International public opinion and recognition has been moving in Palestine’s direction for decades now. The only thing missing is a Palestinian state.
As Israel strikes Syria from the air, Prime Minister Netanyahu is affirming that discussions about the Arab League’s proposal aren’t about so much about land swaps. The recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is more important. Of course, it helps that Israel already has a solid lock on the land it wants. Now it’s time to wrap up the Jewish state idea.
I’m sure the Arab League is listening. No doubt Israel as a Jewish state is next on their “strategic choice” agenda. After “fixing” Syria, next year in Washington!
Palestine doesn’t appear on the “fix Syria” screen. What the Syrian people will have left after the vultures have their fill is anyone’s guess.
The joke about the Conquistadors coming to the Americas with the Bible and the sword may apply here. Punch line: They took the land and left the indigenous people with the Bible.
Jews brought the Jewish Bible to Palestine, created Israel and took the land. The Palestinians are left with their Bible and Koran – without freedom or a state.
That’s Netanyahu’s mindset – a Jewish state without a Palestinian state.
I wonder what’s on the minds of the vultures feeding on what’s left of Syria.