The U.S. brokers “normalization” agreements between Israel and two Arab states, and corporate media gushes. But this is no time to get starry-eyed.
In the West Bank, annexation continues: Palestinian lands and water are still confiscated. Workers are still herded like sheep through Israeli checkpoints. Families are still forced to demolish their own homes. Children are still spirited away in midnight military raids. And in Gaza, Palestinians are enduring the 14th year of a land, sea and air blockade with shortages of water, medicines and electricity that make life intolerable. As we reported recently, suicide rates are at alarming levels.
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I ask you: Can we accept this new normal?
Yes, some Arab leaders turn a blind eye to Israel’s abuses. And – no surprise – Thomas Friedman of The New York Times declares in broad-brush style: “In the Middle East, you get big change when the big players do the right things for the wrong reasons. And this is the right thing. ”
We disagree: This is power politics in support of Israeli apartheid. Here’s the insight you’ll find in Mondoweiss:
Every “peace deal” that Israel can accept with anyone, is always about sidelining Palestinian statehood – Jonathan Ofir
“The fact is, we don’t have to be in the Middle East, other than we want to protect Israel. We’ve been very good to Israel. Other than that, we don’t have to be in the Middle East.” – quoting Donald Trump in a Sept. 8 speech
You blame the Palestinians for missing all opportunities to make peace with the State of Israel and you call the unholy rush of some rich Arab leaders to normalize relations with Israel as a move towards peace. … The truth is, there has not been one genuine opportunity for a just peace that Palestinians missed. – Dr. Alex Awad
Bahrain practically lives under the Saudi umbrella and hides behind Saudi muscles. It’s almost a Saudi protectorate. So it’s highly unlikely that the Bahraini ruler decided to go ahead with the normalization without at least an implicit Saudi approval. – Emad Mousa
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