Around 9 months ago, we at Pluto were considering the title for a book on the history of the Middle East Peace Process, which drew on material in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Title discussions are often a torrid affair, but in this case the evidence pointed to a clear conclusion: Israel did have a partner for peace, but the Palestinians did not. From there, it was a short journey to reversing ‘Arab Rejection’ – the mainstream media’s narrative of the failing peace process – and using the title to assert that Israeli Rejectionism was the main enemy of the peace process. In this post, the book’s authors, Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit, outline the historical background that led to the PA’s misguided but understandable stance and the inevitable reaction from Israel.
On Sunday, January 23rd, the TV Network Al Jazeera released 1600 documents covering the ‘Peace Negotiations’ between the Israelis and the Palestinians over ten years that were leaked from the Palestinian Authority. These leaked documents reveal that Palestinian leaders made enormous concessions to the Israelis including their willingness to forego the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland and even allowing Israel to annex most of East Jerusalem, which the Palestinian claim as their future capital. Such concessions fundamentally contradict the known official Palestinian position and expose the extent to which they were willing to go for peace. The Palestinian people themselves had no idea, apparently, of these concessions. But even more incredibly these concessions were a complete contradiction to the Israeli version of the failure of the peace negotiations.
Our book, Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda of the Middle East Peace Process is about to be released by Pluto Press. The main tenet of the book is that the failure of peace negotiations had nothing to do with the Palestinian unwillingness to be a partner for peace but has always been that for Israel peace was never the goal. Throughout its history, the State of Israel and the Zionist Movement before it considered the entire territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea as its own rightful land and took every opportunity to conquer more and more of this land. Israel achieved its territorial goal in 1967 when it conquered all of British Mandatory Palestine. It is therefore not surprising that during the period covered by the leaked documents Israel sabotaged all peace proposal presented to it, as we demonstrate in our book.
Regardless of the enormity of concessions made by Palestinian leaders such as Saeb Erekat and Ahmed Kourei, Israel’s standard response was that these offers were inadequate and therefore of no interest. It is no consolation to demonstrate that these leaked documents confirm and validate our contention that there is no peace because Israel never wanted peace. Nevertheless the documents clearly confirm our contention of Israel’s rejectionism and reveal that the Palestinian rigidity alleged by Israel is untrue.
A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process
Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit
An analysis of the Middle East ‘peace process’ showing that peace has never been in the interest of the state of Israel.