It has been recently a very difficult time for the Jewish self-styled ‘peace camp’ (as if no one else is for peace) both in Israel and abroad. It would seem that the only thing preventing them from collapsing in spasmic writhing of self-abasement and disgrace is ingrained ideological cognitive dissonance.Despite an ambience of "peace", local Arabs in the former territory of the Mandate of Palestine, have been engaged in murderous violence. A partial list of the Arab violence would include: five members of a Jewish family who were slaughtered in their beds in Itamar by Arab teenagers from a neighboring village, four Jews traveling in a car killed in a drive-by incident near Hebron, an Israeli-Arab-Christian-Jewish activist working in Jenin who was assassinated by Arabs, a Christian woman who was stabbed to death by Arabs while on a nature hike, a Jewish prayer supplicant who was killed by a member of the Palestinian Authority security force, shot from the rear, while leaving the religious site of Joseph’s Tomb and all the while, incitement continues ( I ; II ;) not to mention that all across the Middle East Arabs kill Arabs. Those who wish us to surrender the Golan (an area devoid of any "demographic" difficulty) do so knowing now that the person to whom those heights would be awarded, Syria''s Assad, has so far in the last month or so killed hundreds of his own Syrian countrymen. How will he act towards those he considers still as the “Zionist enemy"?In essence, there is no peace horizon but that does not stop the stampede of our peaceniks. For example, here’s my friend JJ Goldberg in his The Forward column proclaiming that:
Abu Mazen, a.k.a. Mahmoud Abbas, has said repeatedly in the last few days that he, not Hamas, is in charge of foreign policy, that he still wants to negotiate and make peace with Israel, he still sees Bibi as his partner. He’s even said that the pact calls for elections in a year; if Fatah wins, it should end Hamas control of Gaza.
But what does Hamas say? Here''s a spokesman:
Mahmoud Zahar, a senior Hamas leader who participated in the reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas, said on Wednesday that the interim Palestinian government would not be able to work on peace negotiations with Israel.
So, who do you believe. Zahar or Goldberg?
How about J Street? In reaction to the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, J-Street blogged of its guiding principle:
An unshakeable belief that Israel''s survival and security as the democratic home of the Jewish people depends on achieving a two-state resolution to the conflict with the Palestinian people - meaning the broadest possible of Palestinian society…
But when, in being ''broad'', the most extreme position of negativism and negation championed which is what Hamas is suggested to be included in the "peace" talks, where does that leave “peace?” Indeed, where does that leave J Street?And here''s American''s for Peace Now’s statement:
Today''s announcement of a Fatah-Hamas deal to jointly form a government and to hold new elections is good news, and we hope that the agreement is implemented. While we still don''t know all the details of the agreement…For years the U.S. has made the mistake of opposing Palestinian reconciliation rather than encouraging it; it should not compound this mistake by wasting this opportunity to engage a new Palestinian government. It should do so making clear that U.S. relations with this government -- including decisions about the future of our foreign assistance program for the Palestinians -- will be based solely on the positions and actions of the government…
I can assure you my readers, based on my previous experiences with APN, that their “hope” will override all indications, as already we can see by the actions of this new pushmi-pullyu creation - this "government of reconciliation" - and APN will continue to pressure Israel, continue to subvert our political support in Congress and the White House and continue to believe that peace is feasible.
My friend Marc notes:
Almost every Arab nation is on the verge of a deluge of havoc, with one of the common shouts of rising up against Israel being heard throughout the Middle East while being hushed in other parts of the world. Egypt now plans to open its border with Gaza, most probably allowing in unprecedented amounts of arms, and warns Israel not to interfere...
Our gas supply is a target of sabotage. The boycott, disinvestment and sanctions movement continues. New flotillas are equipping. Demands that NATO act against Israel as it does against Libya.Some have reached the conclusion that our ‘peace campers’ are simply on the other side. I would say they are left out, too very far left out to contribute anything practical to the peace process.