Thursday, 22 November 2012
Solutions To Peace In Gaza
Israel pulverises Gaza and then after international pressure a ceasefire comes about and we hear big noises about peace before it all breaks down and once again the Israelis are running from missiles coming from the Palestinians side and Palestinians are digging their relatives out of the rubble of their houses.
A cynic may say that neither side wants peace as both Governments use the other as the reason they should be elected, to keep their own people safe from the barbarians on the other side of the wall.
This has gone on for decades and will continue all the time that the Palestinians are criticised more heavily when they fire rockets into Israel than Israel who are an occupying army illegally seizing and building settlements on Palestinian land, defying UN resolutions, killing Hamas politicians, holding over 9000 Palestinians in its prisons, destroys farms, bulldozes homes and businesses and maintaining a monstrous wall deemed illegal by the international court of justice amongst numerous other violations.
There are only two solutions that will bring about peace and stop this cycle of violence.
The first is that America stop bankrolling Israel, especially its military. It could not maintain such a large military presence without US help, so it would have to make peace with its neighbour or it would be bankrupt.
The second solution is for Israel to finally agree to a Palestine state.
The problem with the first is the American religious voters who would not stand for America cutting Israel loose.
The second is if Palestine became a country and a UN member then it will be under the protection of UN and international law and more importantly the International Criminal Court where it could take up the legal case against Israel for war crimes and challenge the settlement building in the occupied territories.
Netanyahu shared what vision he had for a state of Palestine in his 2009 speech where he envisioned a state which would be 'without an army, without control of its airspace and obviously, the Palestinians will not be able to forge military pacts'.
Netanyahu's Palestinian state would be defenceless, have no sovereignty, and hand control of its geographical space over to its decades long oppressor.
Hamas are not good for the Palestinians and they should be rightly berated for firing missiles into Israel but the vast majority of the problems are due to Israel and its abhorrent treatment of the Palestinians and until Netanhyahu is replaced, Israel stops military incursions into Palestine, lift the blockade, stops stealing Palestinian land and remove the wall that acts as an open air prison to 1/7 million Gazans, we will be watching this scenario repeating itself over and over again just like it has been for the past 60 years.