Monday, March 29, 2010
Israeli: 'The world is sick of us'
The plague of darkness has struck modern Israelites
Akiva Eldar, in Haaretz: One of the harshest of the 10 plagues has smitten the children of Israel this Passover, and they are stumbling about in pitch darkness, bumping blindly into anyone in their way as they head toward the edge of the precipice. Warm friends, cool friends, icy enemies... it's all the same.
And if that's not enough, the myopic Jewish state also has gone and collided head-on with the ally that offers existential support. Israel has become an environmental hazard and its own greatest threat. For 43 years, Israel has been ruled by people who have refused to see reality...
On [March 28]... the Arab League marked the eighth anniversary of its peace proposals, which offer Israel normalization in exchange for an end to occupation and an agreed solution to the refugee problem, in accordance with UN Resolution 194. But Israel behaves as if it had never heard of this historic initiative... Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu... simply refuses to see that the world is sick of us.
They never gave any thought to the decision by the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations to turn Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's state-building plan from a unilateral initiative into an international project.
The Quartet declared that it was backing the plan, proposed in August 2008, to establish a Palestinian state within 24 months. This was an expression of the Palestinians' serious commitment that the state have a just and proper government and be a responsible neighbor. This means Israel has less than a year and a half to come to an agreement with the Palestinians on the permanent borders, Jerusalem, and the refugees. If the Palestinians stick to Fayyad's path, in August 2011, the international community, led by the United States, can be expected to recognize the West Bank and East Jerusalem as an independent country occupied by a foreign power.
Image: Gustave Doré, The Plague of Darkness; source here.