Jeff Halper, author of An Israeli in Palestine (Pluto, 2010) and director of The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), has written an article discussing John Kerry’s involvement in the Israel/Palestine peace process, suggesting it is little more than another attempt to pay Palestine into accepting Israel’s terms for a two-state solution. Halper goes on to explore the role of international government involvement in such processes, and what that leaves civil society and grass-roots activists to do.
The first paragraph is reproduced below, and though you can find the whole article on the ICAHD website. You can also buy Halper’s book from our website, here or by clicking the link at the end of this post.
How do we respond to Kerry? I don’t know of anyone familiar with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – across the board – who sees in the Kerry initiative anything other than an attempt to impose on the Palestinians a Pax Israeliana. In fact, neither Kerry nor his Israeli partners bother to deny it. For his part, Kerry’s main contribution to this latest incarnation of the long-moribund “peace process” is a vague $4 billion package of “incentives’ – part of what Amira Hass calls hush money – that bears a striking resemblance to the “economic peace” Netanyahu and Peres have been trying to peddle for years. Otherwise, Kerry is merely pressing the Palestinians to accept Israel’s preconditions for negotiations and its version of a two-state solution: no end to settlement construction, land expropriation, house demolitions (28,000 Palestinian homes demolished since 1967, and counting) or displacement; recognition of Israel as a “Jewish” state; the imposition of the Clinton Parameter’s on East Jerusalem (“what is Jewish is Israeli, what is Arab is Palestinian,” thus eliminating completely any kind of coherent urban entity that might serve as the Palestinians’ capital); Israel’s retention of at least six major settlement “blocs,” strategically placed to fragment the West Bank into disconnected and impoverished cantons while isolating what remains of East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank; long-term or permanent Israeli military control over the Jordan Valley and Palestine’s borders with Egypt and Jordan – well, the list goes on: Israeli control over Palestinian airspace, over their electromagnetic sphere (communications), etc. etc. etc. – See more at: http://www.icahd.org/node/495
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