Obama declares unbreakable bonds of friendship for Israel but for Palestinians comes a grim warning
Obama's speeches in Israel and Palestine
In his speech at the Jerusalem Convention Centre on 21 March, 2013 President Obama said he brought with him “the support of the American people, and the friendship that binds us together” and spoke of the “Zionist dream”. The President of the United States described Israel as a nation of museums and patents, timeless holy sites and ground-breaking innovation. Only in Israel “ he said “could you see the Dead Sea Scrolls https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Scrolls. Of course the Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of texts that were discovered between 1946 and 1956 at Khirbet Qumran in what was, at the time of the initial discovery, in British Mandate Palestine, and which since 1947 has been known as the Palestinian West Bank.
Obama showed his appreciation of the Zionist obsession with ethnicity as he advised his listeners: “Given the demographics west of the Jordan River, the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realisation of an independent and viable Palestine.” This appeal to Israel to permit the establishment of a Palestinian state was not based on humanitarian considerations, or international law but solely upon a coldly calculated estimation of the best way for Israel to achieve its ideological goals. Obama continued “Peace is just”, saying moreover “That is why security must be at the centre of any agreement. And there is no question that the only path to peace is through negotiation.”
Obama is concerned with security, for Israel, but security for Palestinians is never mentioned. Saying that “the only path to peace is through negotiation” dovetails with the bald assertion that “Peace is just”. In fact there are two kinds of 'peace'. One is enforced by the powerful upon the conquered. The other form is a just peace. Under the circumstances peace with justice is hardly likely to be achieved by 'direct negotiations' between an occupied, defenceless population, and its nuclear armed oppressor.
The Palestinians have been forced into this situation by a world community that has thrust Israel upon them and which aids and abets every act of lawlessness committed by the Zionist state. Instead of facing up to their moral responsibilities to protect the Palestinian people, the United States and the rest of the world community are abandoning them to their fate. The maps of a progressively dwindling Palestine bear mute testimony to the results so far of 'direct negotiations'. The talks are conducted with the Zionist objective always paramount and with both spoken and unspoken pre-conditions. Zionist assertions regarding Jerusalem for instance, that it is the “eternal and undivided capital of Israel” and with regard to the illegal settlements, as Netanyahu said triumphantly, “we're here to stay” give away the real time-wasting purpose of such 'talks'.
Obama said that at Yad Vashem, “the world is reminded of the cloud of evil that can descend on the Jewish people and all of humanity if we fail to remain ever vigilant.” The sad reality is that Obama and other leaders of the world community have not only failed to be vigilant, they have become complicit in unspeakable acts of ethnic cleansing and violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Obama ended his address “May God bless you, and may God bless Israel and the United States of America. “
But President Obama, speaking in Ramallah, had no blessings for the Palestinian people. He did acknowledge that “the Palestinian people deserve an end to the occupation and the daily indignities that come with it”. The President of the USA also admitted that the Palestinians should have their “independent and sovereign rights respected” and even that “Palestinian children should have a life of dignity and opportunity.” Obama also said that he thought of the Palestinians “that hold peaceful protests because they understand the moral force of non-violence”. But never once did Obama mention Israeli violence – the fact that non-violent protests are sometimes met with live fire from the Israeli Occupation Army or that such demonstrations are suppressed almost routinely by the Israeli Army's use of rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades. Perhaps it is Israel that fails to understand the moral force of non-violence.
But Obama's message to the Palestinian people was, essentially, 'get over it', as he bleakly admonished them with the warning that the only only way to achieve peace is “through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians themselves – there is no short cut to a sustainable solution”. Expect more of the same.