Distorted Perceptions of Peace Process

  • 22 November 2009

Instead of reverting to the real references of the peace process and accepting the international community’s will, which was clearly expressed recently on the issue of colony-building, Israel continues to digress from the tacks of the peace process and its natural references by virtue of its distorted perceptions and proposals to circumvent international pressure. The initiatives by both Israeli President Shimon Peres and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, reported by the Israeli media recently, are a clear example of Israeli’s attempts at wasting more time and reducing pressure to enable it to implement its plans for “Judaizing Jerusalem” and building of settlements everywhere in the occupied Palestinian Territories. This initiative proposes to establish a Palestinian state with temporary borders over half of the West Bank area in the first phase, to include in the second phase of negotiations for permanent borders with recognition by the Palestinians of a Jewish Israel, with reference to its refusal of the right to return of Palestinian refugees.

Throughout the years of the peace process, which started since the Madrid Conference  in   1991,  Israel has prevaricated and placed half-baked notions that are devoid of the spirit or the objectives of peace, while the Arab world has been kept to its commitment to peace as a strategic option, both in word and deed, and to all references and resolutions, which has been testified by the whole world, in addition to the United Nations, and had proposed a peace plan, at the ‘Arab Summit’ in Beirut in 2002, which was built on the principle of “land for peace.” However, the experience of the last few years confirms that Israel wants to impose an “Israeli peace,” which is opposed to withdrawal from Palestinian land, and which looks at negotiations merely as a truce for altering the geographic and demographic reality within the occupied Palestinian Territory, in order to impose its terms on the limits of Palestinian state and its nature.  There is no need for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process to slide back to square one again, because the terms and references of the peace process are clear and detailed, and obligations of both parties is unambiguous. It is only the Israeli side that needs to respect its commitments, instead of causing confusion by mooting alternative proposals for a provisional Palestinian state that has already been vehemently rejected because it would violate the spirit of peace and would not meet the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

In view of the international pressure imposed on it because of colonies, and the Palestinian approach to announce its state unilaterally, Israel finds itself in a difficult position as it tries to wiggle out of the situation by proposing unrealistic plans which it knows, more than anyone else, cannot be implemented. The peace process has reached a critical juncture that requires strong and unprecedented intervention by the international community free it off its impasse and put an end to Israel’s equivocations and its aggressive policies which has continued ever since the Madrid Conference.