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Writing in the New York Times, Israeli UN Ambassador says Palestinian surrender and ‘national suicide’ is needed for peace

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This came out yesterday in the pages of the New York Times:

The “economic workshop” in Bahrain this week, a summit of business leaders and political figures, is the first step in the rollout of the Trump administration’s long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. However, because the plan offers a new approach, many on the Palestinian side, including President Mahmoud Abbas and the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, say that the plan is dead on arrival and that engaging with it is tantamount to a Palestinian declaration of surrender. I ask: What’s wrong with Palestinian surrender?

Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon’s opinion piece, titled “What’s Wrong With Palestinian Surrender?” posits that the current Bahrain conference (today and tomorrow) is something that Palestinians should have embraced, rather than rejected.

This “economic workshop”, based upon the “deal of the century” concept, is indeed proving to be dead on arrival. Arguably, this is just the Emperor’s New Clothes, where the gown is called “New Palestine”, offering no political substance, just a lot of money. Not only has the Palestinian Authority boycotted it (and persuaded Palestinian businessmen not to attend) – Israeli officials are reportedly not going to be there either.

Danon is simply chiding the Palestinians for yet again missing a wonderful opportunity. Yet he is quite clear about what this opportunity means: It’s an opportunity to surrender.

With Danon, one is often instinctively caused to think “is he being serious?” – but then you remember that this is the guy who waves bibles at the UN Security Council to claim ownership of all of historical Palestine, and you get that yes, he’s being serious.

“Destroying Israel”

Danon writes that the problem with Palestinians is that their “national identity” is about “destroying Israel”. Having chided the Palestinians for their high unemployment rates despite foreign aid (Danon does not mention that Israel plunders about 78% of that aid, though he does note over 50 percent unemployment in Gaza), Danon then procedes to point out the supposed essential flaw in the Palestinian national identity:

Yet [Palestinian Chief Negotiator] Mr. Erekat and the Palestinian leadership choose to stay the course and reject the term “surrender.” In doing so, they expose the uncomfortable truth about the Palestinian national identity: It is motivated not by building a better life for its people but by destroying Israel.

To bolster his point about this intrinsic flaw, Danon points out how “Western national ethos” is liberal – and here he brings not only the US “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and the French “Liberté, égalité, fraternité”, but also the Israeli “natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate in their own sovereign State”. This is deeply ironic. If Danon were following the vein of the former two, he could have cited something else from the Israeli Declaration of Independence, for example “complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex”. For all the discrepancy between what is written and reality, it would have at least looked better. But no, Danon chooses one of the most nationalist, exclusivist clauses, containing the “master” language, which in the Israeli reality has an all too cynical meaning. Danon reveals his white-and-Jewish-supremacist bias, which he seems to think is enlightened.

Danon then compares this to the supposed Palestinian ethos, citing from the 1968 PLO charter:

In contrast to these Western national ethoses, the charter of the Palestine Liberation Organization, a precursor to the Palestinian Authority, states its “mottos” as “national unity, national mobilization, and liberation” and talks about the “basic conflict that exists between the forces of Zionism and of imperialism on the one hand, and the Palestinian Arab people on the other.” Palestinian leaders have rejected multiple peace overtures, launched intifadas and wars, and sponsored countless acts of terrorism in adherence to this belief.

Putting aside for the moment that the PLO has moved to recognize Israel in treaty, in the 1993 Oslo Accords (while Israel has never recognized Palestine and Danon’s Likud “flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river”), Danon’s former comparison of the “Western ethos” as opposed to these supposedly backwards Palestinian “mottos”, precisely betrays the colonialist nature of his Zionist venture. The Palestinians are not allowed to “liberate” themselves from enlightened colonialist rule – the best they can do is “surrender”, for their own good, of course.

Palestinians need to commit “national suicide”

Danon falsely suggests that the Palestinian aim for statehood is anathema to recognizing Israel and what he calls “the Jewish people”. The fact that Israel is recognized in the Oslo Accords proves this is an invalid point. The two-state solution was precisely seen, at least from the Palestinian standpoint, as a means of recognition of both Israel and Palestine, where the PLO had already made concessions to suffice with a mere 22% of historical Palestine (this ideological concession was already being made around the early 1980’s). But Danon now says that Palestinians should be willing to negotiate even without any prospect of a state, to give up that ambition totally:

With this national ethos, negotiating without the explicit endorsement of a Palestinian state is seen as a rejection of the Palestinian national identity, and an acknowledgment that Israel and the Jewish people are here to stay. In short, for Mr. Abbas and Mr. Erekat, this approach is akin to national suicide. Yet a national suicide of the Palestinians’ current political and cultural ethos is precisely what is needed for peace. The belief that the Jews have no right to the land and Israel is to be destroyed, which engenders a culture of hate and incitement, needs to end.

In other words, Danon is saying to Palestinians “drop dead.” Danon is thus suggesting that Palestinians should resort to hopes of a better afterlife, following their suicide. At least there’s something to look forward to.

Surrender, like Egypt

Danon makes the invalid comparison of Palestine to other sovereign countries, some of which had surrendered in the past yet experienced a prosperous (economic) future later. He thus brings examples from World War Two:

The United States did not eradicate the German and Japanese people after their surrender in World War II, but instead helped transform them from imperial military powers to what are today among the world’s leading economic powerhouses.

To bring the comparison closer to our times and to the region, Danon compares Palestine to Egypt:

In the Middle East, following defeat in four conventional wars between 1948 and 1973, Egypt surrendered the idea that it could wipe Israel from the region, and President Anwar Sadat chose peace, which Israel was ready to accept. After the 1979 peace agreement, Egypt became a favored recipient of American foreign and military aid, and the beneficiary of an influx of Western investment. There is no reason to believe a Palestinian declaration of surrender could not lead to a similar transformation.

These comparisons are deeply problematic, for several reasons. First, Palestine is not a state like Egypt, or Japan, or Germany, with a military, with their own sovereign territory etc. Palestine is essentially a fully occupied set of Bantustans which are at the mercy of Israel’s whims, from checkpoints in the West Bank to seasonal massacres in Gaza.

Second, Egypt did not “surrender” – in fact, it surprised Israel in a devastating joint attack with Syria in 1973, which Egypt fought on its own occupied Sinai peninsula – not even Israeli territory. That attack was the language of force, which Israelis regularly chide the “Arabs” for being the only thing they understand. When Sadat offered peace overtures to Golda Meir in 1970, he was ignored; Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said “Better Sharm el-Sheikh without peace than peace without Sharm el-Sheikh”, referring to the Sinai coastal town. So, in 1973 Israel got force, a language it understood, and that led to the peace treaty signed in 1979, where Israel agreed to withdraw from the Egyptian Sinai. If one wants to use the word “surrender”, it could be argued that Israel “surrendered” its wishes to control the Sinai.

“The Palestinians have little to lose”

Finally, Danon ends his torturous article with the paragraph:

The Palestinians have little to lose and everything to gain by putting down the sword and accepting the olive branch. Israel awaits the emergence of a Palestinian Anwar Sadat, a leader who is willing to do what is best for his people — a leader who recognizes that building a bright future requires surrendering a dark past.

It may be a Freudian slip, when Danon says “the Palestinians have little to lose”. US moves to defund various forms of aid to Palestinians, to “remove from the table” the critical issue of Jerusalem by moving its embassy, and Israeli blackmailing in the form of withholding tax revenues, amongst a plethora of other coercive measures, appear to be aimed at forcing the Palestinians into ever more dire economic straits, from which they would be prone to extricate themselves by acceding to the “economic peace” plans which involve their “national suicide”. But colonialists often make this error in judgement. They assume, that the only thing their inferior subjects want is to exist, and make money. Like Jared Kushner said it recently, when he suggested that Palestinians were not ready to govern themselves:

What [the Palestinian people] want is they want the opportunity to live a better life. They want the opportunity to pay their mortgage.

The idea that these people might want, or need, freedom from the yoke of oppression, is apparently beyond the scope of the colonialist mind. As Danon says, they need to surrender. And this is not in order to be “masters of their own fate”. Oh, no, Danon makes clear that mastership is reserved solely for Jews in Israel and Palestine. Palestinians need to know their place in this hierarchy. In this hierarchy, Danon, the bible-waving Jew, is at the top, and Palestinians are at the bottom.

Jonathan Ofir

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  1. Jasonius Maximus on June 25, 2019, 10:44 am

    Ambassador Danon’s op-ed was probably one of the most disgusting, racist, and unworthy pieces of state (and media) sanctioned propaganda in recent times. That the NY Times even considered it, let alone printed it ahead of such an important summit, in what can only be a sign of outright support for Israel’s ambitions, shows EXACTLY how biased and utterly one-sided they still are.

    They have yet to reach out to or print a single article or official comment directly from Palestinians (not even Saeb Erekat) on their own stance regarding their notable absence from the ENTIRE process so far. Heck, any fucking Palestinian voice right now would go a million miles towards helping Americans better understand their views and struggles at this critical juncture. Instead all we get is pages and pages of one-sided opinion and propaganda every month, from the Oren’s, Danons, Friedmans, Dershowitzes, Stephens, etc. of the world. Even the half arsed attempt to sort of defend the Palestinians are more often than not written by Jewish Americans, through a warped prism of elitist self reflection, hand wringing, anti-Trump or anti-Netanyahu sentiment, and a litany of disclaimers and unwitting and accidental racist stereotypes and tropes of the Palestinian people and leadership. So juicy so, that you are lucky to get a single quote or direct opinion from a single Palestinian, let alone a full sentence on their actual policy or position regarding even a single topic at hand.

    • mondonut on June 25, 2019, 12:10 pm

      @Jasonius Maximus ,They have yet to reach out to or print a single article or official comment directly from Palestinians (not even Saeb Erekat)

      Except for that entire May 22 Opinion piece written by Saeb Erekat himself.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/trump-israel-palestinian-peace-plan.html?searchResultPosition=3

      • Misterioso on June 26, 2019, 8:55 am

        Meanwhile, on the side of justice, Kuwait stands shoulder to shoulder with its Palestinian brothers and sisters:

        https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190625-kuwait-to-boycott-bahrain-conference/

        “Kuwait to boycott Bahrain conference” Middle East Monitor, June 25/19

        “The Kuwaiti parliament announced yesterday that it will boycott the Manama conference and has stressed its support for Palestinian rights.

        “In a statement read during an open meeting, Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said:
        ‘Kuwait is a supporter of occupied Palestine and rejects normalising ties with Israel.’

        “He added: ‘As all Kuwaitis are against normalisation, we call for the government to adopt a strict and decisive stance to boycott the meeting in Bahrain.’

        “Al-Ghanim hailed the stance of the Kuwaiti foreign ministry, which keeps up with the policy of the Kuwait Emir, regarding support for international legitimacy and Palestinian rights.

        “Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Subah Al-Khalid said: ‘The government has listened to the statement and stresses it is sticking to its principles in support of the Palestinian cause… we accept what our Palestinian brothers accept.’

        “MP Abdel-Karim Al-Kandary said: ‘The parliament has commissioned the committee of legislation affairs to make sure there would be no normalisation.’

        “He added: ‘We stand against any direct or indirect normalisation attempt.'”

      • mondonut on June 26, 2019, 11:05 am

        @Misterioso, Kuwait stands shoulder to shoulder with its Palestinian brothers and sisters

        Is that the same Kuwait that ethnically cleansed nearly 400,000 Palestinians after the PLO (Arafat) foolishly backed Saddam Hussein’s invasion?

      • Jasonius Maximus on June 26, 2019, 12:18 pm

        Fair enough. I remembered reading that article and searched NYT but totally missed it. I figured it must have been in WaPo. My mistake!

        Still… that puts us at one article by an actual Palestinian in the Times. Yay! We’re on the map! A few hundred more and we might even get a ticket to the prom this year.

        #blinkandyou’llmissit

      • RoHa on June 26, 2019, 8:31 pm

        What makes the Kuwaitis brothers and sisters of the Palestinians? Membership of the Arab League?

    • Misterioso on June 26, 2019, 8:45 am

      https://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/palestine/3253-deal-of-the-century-eon-of-disasters.html

      “Deal of the Century or Eon of Disasters?”

      American Herald Tribune, by Jamal Kanji, June 24/19

      “The Trumpian hyperbole marketing brand had generated unrealistic expectations for the ‘Deal of the Century.’ For over a year and a half, Jared Kushner promised but missed at least three dates to unveil the ‘secret’ plan.

      “Assisted by two bono fide Zionists, Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador David Friedman, Kushner’s lone political experience with Palestine/Israel is his family’s tax deductible contributions to building ‘Jewish only colonies.’

      “Kushner’s predisposed conviction and his parochial bias were palpable in the June 2nd interview with Axios on HBO. In the interview, he opined that Palestinians were not ‘capable of governing’ themselves or become free from Israeli occupation.

      “After more than a year of hyped promotion, Kushner’s Zionist team revealed a scaled down version of Trump’s ‘concrete plan.’ Evident in the leaked conference agenda, the goal of Kushner’s gathering is not to offer economic support to Palestinians, but rather to provide a cover-up for opening the doors of Arab capitals to Israeli officials.

      “Israel gets the reward of the illusionary peace upfront while US tantalizes to Arabs a peace process that may never materialize. Deferring and circumventing political process is archetypical Israeli trademark strategy that seeks to harvest fruits before the tree blossoms. Hence, the fruits of the US proposed miniature workshop in Bahrain.

      “In the Oslo Accords in 1993, the PLO agreed to recognize Israel, in advance, over 78% of historical Palestine. There was no reciprocal Israeli obligation toward the PLO on the remaining 22% (West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza).

      “A quarter of a century later, peace did not blossom and the only implemented sections of the Oslo Accords were the PLO recognition of Israel. In addition, it relieved Israel of administering the life of five million Palestinians, security coordination and outsourcing―free of cost―the security services to the Palestinian Authority.

      “Meanwhile, Israel continued to violate and effectively buried the Oslo Accords under new expansive ‘Jewish only colonies’ changing the demographics of the population in areas allotted for the future Palestinian state.

      “Ten years following the Accords, George W Bush proposed a Road Map for peace. To placate Israeli reservations, Bush rewarded Israel, in advance, with an official American letter agreeing to annex ‘Jewish only colonies’ in the West Bank as part of any future peace agreement.

      “Israel crushed Bush’s Road Map under the bulldozers of yet more ‘Jewish only colonies.’ The American letter remains the sole outcome of the Road Map. Greenblatt and Friedman are using Bush’s letter to advocate Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank and Jerusalem.

      “Kushner’s economic peace is an age old Israeli contrived gas bubble intends to skirt compliance with international law and UN resolutions. Shimon Peres floated the idea to equivocate Israel’s commitments under the Oslo Accords. Current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revived it in 2009 to sidestep the American (Bush and Obama) administration’s support for two-state solution.

      “Yet, for quarter of a century since the establishment of the Palestinian authority, Israel had systematically strangled the very economy it (and now Kushner) claims to champion.
      Since 1993, the European Union invested billions of dollars in economic infrastructure, including an airport and seaport in Gaza. In 2002 after the failure of Camp David, Israel obliterated both facilities denying Palestinians access to trade and fishing.

      “To further stifle the economy, Israel erected walls separating farmers from their olive groves and farms, spiked the West Bank with intrusive military checkpoints encumbering the movement of goods, divided towns and cities and misappropriated tax money held on Palestinian imports.

      “Kushner and Israel’s invented economic peace is a political shenanigan to sedate the bird cage (walled) economy, or leverage it in the form of collective punishment to suppress resistance and subjugate Palestinians.

      “Like the Oslo Accords, the Road Map, and now ahead of rolling out the political plan for the ‘Deal of Century,’ Trump conferred on Israel another advanced installment by recognizing Jerusalem as its capital, cut financial aid to Palestinians including UN organizations, and the annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights without any Israeli concession.

      “In addition to normalizing contacts between Arabs attending the Manama workshop and Israel (another advanced installment), Kushner’s plan would relegate the cost of the caged Palestinian economy to Arab countries, gifting Israel yet more freebies without negotiation.
      “Kushner’s economic peace workshop is a false allure to salve Palestinian (and Arab) capitulation before rolling out the eon of all political disasters.”

    • Misterioso on June 26, 2019, 9:46 am

      For the record:

      http://www.dci.plo.ps/en/article/12915/PLO-Statement-on-Manama-workshop

      “PLO statement on the Manama Workshop” June 26/19

      “The PLO Executive Committee reaffirms that the lack of political and legal dimensions in the presentation of the so-called plan presented by the Trump administration in the Manama diversionary sideshow are grounds for its sealed fate of failure. The Trump administration, which has already disqualified itself from any credible role in peacemaking, presented this ‘plan’ to pre-empt and prevent any viable political solution in the future.

      “Further, the de-contextualization of the situation reflects this administration’s willful blindness to the occupation and deliberate refusal to deal with reality, as well as its rejection of the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and sovereignty over our natural resources. The workshop attempts to circumvent the real issues by peddling in recycled and failed ideas. It wants to sell a mirage of economic prosperity for the Palestinian people so long as they accept and endorse their perpetual captivity. This a formula that no dignified people can accept.

      “The purpose of the workshop is clearly the normalization of two abnormal situations. On the one hand, the Trump administration is attempting to normalize the illegal settler colonial regime of occupation in Palestine and promote its permanence by advancing the illusion that occupation and subjugation can be made more palatable. On the other, it wants to normalize Israel in the Arab world and reposition it as a major economic, security, and intelligence power in the region.

      “This administration is ideologically aligned with the fundamentalist right in Israel. It has endeavored to accommodate Israeli colonial aspirations, as demonstrated in its recognition of the illegal Israeli annexation of occupied Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights, rejection of the just plight of Palestine refugees, and promotion of the illegal settlement regime, while negating Palestinian rights and national aspirations, including the right of return as ‘ideas of the past.’ This is an arrogant and irresponsible approach that undermines international legality and undermines the real requirements of peace.

      “The Trump administration’s negativity and rejection of Palestinian rights and international law are evident. It has employed cruel and illegal measures to pummel the Palestinian people into submission while railroading any attempt to align the discourse with applicable international law and relevant United Nations resolutions. In this regard, while the Manama workshop is discussing economic issues, the grave political implications of this approach must alarm all responsible international actors who remain committed to an international rules-based system.

      “The Palestinian people and leadership are in unison. No one attending this workshop represents the Palestinian people or speaks on their behalf. In this regard, the PLO reaffirms its commitment to defend the rights and dignity of the Palestinian people. The PLO will continue working with all responsible international actors to protect the Palestinian people and ensure the realization of our inalienable right to freedom, return, dignity, and prosperity.

      “The freedom of Palestine from Israeli occupation and economic domination are non-negotiable and essential requirements of peace. We remain committed to engage in good faith with sincere and credible efforts to realize these requirements. Finally, the PLO calls on states to act with the required courage and integrity to defend Palestinian rights, which are an integral part of the universal principles of human rights and international law.”

  2. Citizen on June 25, 2019, 11:17 am

    Duh. The most realistic comment on this article is that you will never hear anything like it in the US mainstream media. Hence, now what?

  3. eljay on June 25, 2019, 11:22 am

    Shorter Danon: I am a hateful and immoral Zionist hypocrite who believes that justice, accountability, equality and respect for international laws and human rights are meaningless where Jewish supremacism is concerned.

  4. yoseeq on June 25, 2019, 11:46 am

    could you please give me the gist of the above article?

    • eljay on June 25, 2019, 12:45 pm

      || yoseeq: could you please give me the gist of the above article? ||

      Sure:
      1. The rapist wants his victims – the women he has kidnapped and chained in his basement – to stop struggling and to lie back and enjoy the ride.

      2. A group suicide of their current beliefs – that he has no right to their bodies, that they should be liberated from his clutches, that he should be held accountable for his past and on-going crimes – is precisely what is needed for peace.

      3. Their beliefs, which engender a culture of hate and incitement against him, need to end.

      4. They are to blame for whatever physical and sexual abuse they suffer at his hands.

      • Misterioso on June 26, 2019, 9:36 am

        @eljay

        And of course, it’s all because the rapist is “special.”

    • Mooser on June 25, 2019, 12:53 pm

      “could you please give me the gist of the above article?”

      Sure, my pleasure. Here it is: Danny Danon sucks.

      • yoseeq on June 25, 2019, 3:17 pm

        im serious i need simplification of this article in simple english can u do that for me please?

      • Mooser on June 25, 2019, 4:53 pm

        ” can u do that for me please?”

        Sorry. Here’s a gloss if you need one.

      • echinococcus on June 27, 2019, 7:57 am

        Yooseq,

        Simplified: Palestinians should all commit suicide now; this will save us the extra expense and effort of exterminating them. It’s obviously in their own interest.

  5. LiberatePalestine on June 25, 2019, 11:55 am

    → this is the guy who waves bibles at the UN Security Council to claim ownership of all of historical Palestine

    Let him advance that claim in Yahweh’s courts. By the standards of every human legal system in history (other than that of the Zionist entity), his claim is garbage.

    → Danon writes that the problem with Palestinians is that their “national identity” is about “destroying Israel”.

    A better case could be made for the thesis that the Israëlis’ «national identity» is about destroying the Palestinians.

    → the Israeli “natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate in their own sovereign State”

    There is no such right, natural or otherwise. If, say, a new island emerged in the middle of the Pacific, beyond any state’s territorial limits, and members «of the Jewish people» were the first to arrive there and assert and defend a claim to the land, they would probably have a right to reserve it for «the Jewish people» only—not because they are Jews, but because they were the first to arrive. But neither Jews nor Palestinians nor any other group has the right to invade others’ land and assert supremacy as the new «masters». Nor is there any abstract «right» to statehood for any population whatsoever.

    The Palestinians, by contrast, do have the right—including the natural right—to Palestine.

    If «the Jewish people», whatever that means, had the right to a state of its own, surely the same would be true of every other «people»—unless, like Danon, we engage in chauvinist special pleading. Where exactly should the Palestinian state be established? In Mongolia?

    → the Palestine Liberation Organization, a precursor to the Palestinian Authority, states its “mottos” as “national unity, national mobilization, and liberation” and talks about the “basic conflict that exists between the forces of Zionism and of imperialism on the one hand, and the Palestinian Arab people on the other.”

    What’s wrong with that? Obviously an organisation dedicated to national liberation is going to promote national liberation. Why shouldn’t it? Various groups of Jews have fought for national liberation at different times and in different places. What were they supposed to do: lie down and commit «suicide»?

    → Palestinian leaders have rejected multiple peace overtures, launched intifadas and wars, and sponsored countless acts of terrorism in adherence to this belief.

    The pot calls the kettle black. Only in this case the kettle is white, whereas the pot is indelibly encrusted with soot.

    → The Palestinians have little to lose and everything to gain by putting down the sword and accepting the olive branch.

    Olive branch? How many of those are left after the Zionists’ calculated destruction of Palestinians’ olive groves?

    The Zionists, armed to the teeth, demand that the Palestinians put down the sword, then act surprised when that demand is rejected.

  6. LiberatePalestine on June 25, 2019, 12:15 pm

    → The idea that these people might want, or need, freedom from the yoke of oppression, is apparently beyond the scope of the colonialist mind.

    Yes, it is. Oppressors often regard their victims as Untermenschen, as subhuman. Examples abound.

    There’s no other good way to rationalise one’s oppression of another population without acknowledging one’s own wicknedness. Colonialists usually aren’t prepared to acknowledge that; they prefer to veil their oppression of others as part of an allegedly noble endeavour such as a mission civilisatrice, the Christianisation of the «heathens», or the «redemption» of «a people without a land». They’re doing god’s work, you see. And god is on their side.

    Many Zionists insist that the Palestinians do not exist, at least as a nation or an ethnic group. Naturally those Zionists do not see that a people whose very existence they deny requires freedom from the yoke of oppression.

  7. Mooser on June 25, 2019, 12:51 pm

    “Jon s” will be here soon and explain why Danon’s words (in print, too) are all part of Israel seeking, “Israeli-Palestinian peaceful co-existence.”

    • eljay on June 25, 2019, 1:25 pm

      || Mooser: “Jon s” will be here soon and explain why Danon’s words (in print, too) are all part of Israel seeking, “Israeli-Palestinian peaceful co-existence.” ||

      Like all Zionists, jon s and Danon believe in peace a Zionist “peace” that:
      – allows Israel to remain a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”;
      – allows Israel to keep as much as possible of what it has stolen, occupied and colonized;
      – absolves Israel of its obligations under international law; and
      – absolves Israel of responsibility and accountability for its past and on-going (war) crimes.

      Like all Zionists, when it comes to I-P jon s and Danon are hypocritically opposed to justice, accountability and equality.

      jon s won’t have any trouble justifying Danon’s words.

    • jon s on June 25, 2019, 4:10 pm

      Eljay,
      Mr. Dannon is a right-wing Likudnik and I’m a left-wing MERETZ voter so we’re pretty far apart.

      • eljay on June 26, 2019, 9:49 am

        || jon s: Eljay,
        Mr. Dannon is a right-wing Likudnik and I’m a left-wing MERETZ voter so we’re pretty far apart. ||

        Of course you are: You’re the Zionist who holds his nose while a Zionist like Danon does the dirty work.

      • LiberatePalestine on June 26, 2019, 11:24 am

        Sorry, but there’s no such thing as a left-wing Zionist.

      • Mooser on June 26, 2019, 12:03 pm

        “I’m a left-wing MERETZ voter so we’re pretty far apart.” “Jon s”

        Oh look, a nose-holder. With a ticket out.

      • Mooser on June 26, 2019, 12:29 pm

        “eljay”, we better not speak too soon.

        Why, Meretz could be negotiating the coalition which will put them at the head of the Israeli government right now! All while standing on one foot and holding their nose.

      • wondering jew on June 26, 2019, 12:38 pm

        Here is Yossi Klein Halevi, an “antidote” to some of the antizionist rhetoric voiced here.
        https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/286569/yossi-klein-halevis-palestinian-neighbor-writes-back

      • Mooser on June 26, 2019, 12:51 pm

        “Here is Yossi Klein Halevi, an “antidote”

        Leave it to Tablet to find the Palestinian who is in favor of surrender and national suicide, and tells Yossi Klein Halevi all about it.

      • LiberatePalestine on June 26, 2019, 10:15 pm

        The existence of a Palestinian who allegedly favours surrender and national suicide should surprise noöne. It’s always possible to find a Quisling or an Uncle Tom who for whatever reason will take the side of the oppressor. Often, but not always, the reason is personal gain.

      • wondering jew on June 27, 2019, 8:45 am

        To label the two state solution as surrender and suicide is unhelpful rhetoric. YK Halevi’s Palestinian interlocutor spent 10 years in Fatah in the violent struggle and his rejection of violence is remarkable and armchair warriors are in no position to criticize his position, though that never stopped anyone.

      • eljay on June 27, 2019, 9:59 am

        || wondering jew: To label the two state solution as surrender and suicide is unhelpful rhetoric. … ||

        I agree that a 2SS would not be surrender if it were to comprise among other things:
        – two secular and democratic states of and for their respective citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally;
        – Partition borders with mutually agreed-upon adjustments;
        – return of refugees and/or reparations in lieu; and
        – full accountability for past and on-going (war) crimes committed.

        A 2SS would be surrender if it were to:
        – allow Israel to remain a religion-supremacist state;
        – allow Israel to keep as much as possible of what it has stolen, occupied and colonized;
        – absolve Israel of its obligations under international law (incl. RoR); and
        – absolve Israel of responsibility and accountability for past and on-going (war) crimes committed.

  8. LiberatePalestine on June 25, 2019, 2:07 pm

    Danon’s position, like that of most if not all Zionists, is rooted in emotion, not principles. Note the following garden-variety Zionist tropes:

    * invocation of the Bible to establish the will of «God» and the authority of humans to give effect thereto

    * reference to «the Jewish people» and «the Jews» as a monolith represented by the Zionist entity

    * one-sided attention to the putative rights and interests of Jews; refusal to consider that non-Jews might have rights and interests that might limit or even override those claimed in behalf of Jews

    * vilification of the Palestinians as Untermenschen whose whole raison d’être is «destroying Israel» (by which is meant the Zionist entity, although the choice of terms confuses the issue by falsely suggesting that the Palestinians wish to destroy Jewry)

    It’s all emotional nonsense, and the same wretched old story has been used, mutatis mutandis, to justify and sanctify the European conquest of the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and much of Asia. For that matter, it has been used to oppress Jews.

    Now, if we start from principles, we are forced to admit that Palestinians are neither more nor less human than any other group, that they have valid rights and interests, that one interpretation of a particular set of ancient religious writings cannot determine political arrangements affecting many millions of people, and that no population is superior to others. Suddenly the emotional wailings of Danon and other Zionists are seen to be irrelevant.

    • RoHa on June 25, 2019, 7:05 pm

      “…non-Jews might have rights and interests that might limit or even override those claimed in behalf of Jews ”

      Bite your tongue!

      Never even hint at such an antimacassar idea.

      • Mooser on June 26, 2019, 12:06 pm

        “Never even hint at such an antimacassar idea.”

        Don’t worry, “RoHa” the issue can be settled with a status-of-forces-agreement.

      • Mooser on June 26, 2019, 4:28 pm

        Naturally, there will have to be negotiations with the Ottomans on the basis of the Davenport agreements.

      • RoHa on June 26, 2019, 11:28 pm

        No doubt they will discuss it in the divan.

      • oldgeezer on June 27, 2019, 7:57 am

        The Earl of Chesterfield is rolling in his grave at the bad puns.

      • Mooser on June 27, 2019, 4:20 pm

        “Macassar oil (definition) is – a soft fat obtained from seeds of the kusam and used in cooking, in illumination, and as a hair dressing; also as floor wax and desert topping.”

        But let’s not stray off-topic.

  9. US Citizen on June 25, 2019, 2:35 pm

    I’m sure all of the countries who could stomach listening to this drivel were rolling their eyes. israel, who takes every chance to bash the UN now hopes to make a useless case like this? His moronic words are useless but he and israeli are just to stupid to realize it.

    Here’s a another peace plan – Let’s call it “The New Israel”

    The settlement blocs in the occupied West Bank, which are illegal under international law, would form part of Palestine.

    Jerusalem will not be divided but is to be shared by Palestine and the “New Israel” with Palestine maintaining general control.

    Israelis living in Jerusalem would be citizens of the Palestinian state and Palestine would remain in charge of the municipality and therefore the land.

    The newly formed Israeli state would – pay taxes to the Palestinian municipality in order to be in charge of education in the city for Israelis.

    New Israel will have a local police force who will be allowed to hold “light weapons.” The new Israeli state will be prevented from forming a military. Palestine will be responsible for security – for a fee paid by the Israeli government.

    Egypt will offer the new Israeli state land to build an airport, factories and for agriculture which will service the israel proper. Israelis will not be permitted to live on this land.

    “New Israel” would not be allowed to continue having or forming an army but could maintain a police force. Instead, a defence agreement will be signed between “New Israel” and Palestine in which Palestine would defend the new state from any foreign attacks.

    Israelis will not be in charge of their own security against Palestine, which means not only the Israeli military but also the fanatical, messianic settlers, many of them Americans, who think nothing of killing, bashing, and humiliating the goyische Palestinians with impunity will be deported back to “new Israel”. See army vets’ testimony about gratuitous violence at Breaking the Silence – these people will form the backbone of security with Palestine

    The Jordan Valley will remain in Palestinian hands and a four-lane toll road will be built through ‘New Israel”.

    Oh, no? the zionazis would NEVER agree to something like that right. Then why should the Palestinians?

    • Jon66 on June 25, 2019, 5:38 pm

      US,
      How stupid are “he and israeli ”?
      Oh yeah, they are “to” stupid.

  10. Marnie on June 26, 2019, 2:21 am

    Zionist criminals won’t be fulfilled until any and all resistance to their crimes against humanity end with the immediate surrender by palestinians and their acceptance of whatever jared fucking kushner and friends deem appropriate compensation. As long as they promise to behave and abandon their aspirations to live a normal life on their land. Would any other people settle for this? Of course they wouldn’t. So why are palestinians expected to? This is among the grossest displays of colonial racist superiority as they come and its the 21st fucking century. danny the lisp danon can go straight to hell along with jared kushner , et al.

    • LiberatePalestine on June 26, 2019, 11:09 am

      Imagine the howls if Jews were urged, in the halls of the UN and on the pages of The New York Times, to endure systematic dispossession and torture, subject themselves to a group regarding itself as god’s chosen people, decline to defend themselves, admit that they have no right to be on land that they and their ancestors have inhabited for centuries, and commit collective «suicide».

      Ah, but Jews are special in the eyes of a Zionist. One standard applies to Jews, another to everyone else.

      • Marnie on June 26, 2019, 1:21 pm

        You are exactly right.

      • eljay on June 26, 2019, 1:26 pm

        || LiberatePalestine: … Jews are special in the eyes of a Zionist. One standard applies to Jews, another to everyone else. ||

        One of the core tenets of Zionism is: Jews are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

  11. WeAreAllMadeOfStars on June 26, 2019, 5:58 am

    it’s good that we’re kept updated with this kind of “thing” (can’t find any other word, sorry) but in the meantime what else do you expect from one of the top grand master of propaganda, himself a racist fool ?
    No one ever expected anything but utter trash-talk from any official from apartheid South Africa, same here with any Israeli official.
    I for one kind of enjoy reading him (when I have to, that is …) I mean, it’s like science fiction. Are these guys real ?
    The only thing that saddens me is the *real* impact Ayalon and co have on Palestinian life

  12. Vera Gottlieb on June 26, 2019, 11:42 am

    Hitler almost succeeded in a pre-planned elimination of European Jewry. Are we going to witness a pre-planned elimination of Palestinians? And is the “civilized” world going to look the other way…again?

    • echinococcus on June 27, 2019, 8:37 am

      Vera,

      Yes. This “deal” is, in so many words instead of camouflaged as it was up to now, a call to all “governments” by the master of most of them to look the other way.

  13. carollang on June 26, 2019, 10:34 pm

    I’m usually pretty good at responding to this utter and complete racism on the part of the Israelis, but now I’m so furious that I can’t parse out all the inanities and dangerous propositions that are being put forward by Danon.

    We must stand up for the Palestinians here and abroad because nothing short of total ethnic cleaning will be on the Israelis’ agenda.

    • Mooser on June 27, 2019, 6:04 pm

      While Israel is in between governments is the best time for extremists trying to push matters to a crisis.

  14. Sibiriak on June 27, 2019, 11:53 am

    John Bolton’s Three State Middle East Solution
    http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/02/john-boltons-three-state-middle-east.html

    [Three states: Israel, Egypt, Jordan]

  15. traintosiberia on June 30, 2019, 9:52 pm

    “A national suicide of the Palestinians’ current political and cultural ethos is precisely what is needed for peace,” writes Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN in the New York Times.

    Now try this

    “A national suicide of the Israel’s current political and cultural ethos is precisely what is needed for peace,” says Iranian leader to the congregations at a mosque

    or try this “ “A national suicide of the Zionism is precisely what is needed for peace,” writes PLO Chairman in the New York Times.

    Last 2 will definitely would be consistent with both the Oslo and the 1947 UN partition plan . But it would now reactivate the 24/7 full-throated MSM’s demands of attacking Iran and obliterating Palestinian.

    • Mooser on July 1, 2019, 1:08 pm

      “A national suicide…”

      Yeah, that’s how they start all those hysterical articles decrying Jewish (and Israeli) out-marriage.

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