What do you do when a déjà vu turns out being real? The night of November 29, 2012, provided unforgettable images of joy in the West Bank and Gaza. Early that day, the United Nations General Assembly approvedResolution 67/19, on the exact anniversary of its Resolution 181 Partition of Palestine, from 1947. The Palestinian joy resembled the Jewish one in 1947, even the rejections of the new resolution by certain Palestinian groups resembled the rejection of the first resolution by Irgun and Lehi. Israel suffered a humiliating defeat, when not even Germany
opposed the resolution; rumors claim that Israel is planning a boycott of the UN with its main supporters: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, and Palau. The historical parallel was too astonishing to ignore; yet while pondering on this fata morgana of a déjà vu, Israel Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman woke me up violently. "Thanks to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority doesn't exist - Hamastan and Fatahland are thanks to his administration," he said during the annual Saban Forum, at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C., the night after the resolution was approved.
Gaza, November 29, 2012
Riyad Mansour Palestinian Ambassador at the UN
Threats and Extortions
Carried away by the events, I exaggerated a bit in the previous paragraph; also the US supported Israel. Following the vote, USA's UN envoy Susan Rice said, "the resolution does not establish Palestine as state, it prejudges the outcome of negotiations, and ignores questions of security." That happened roughly at the same time that Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian Ambassador at the UN, gave interviews there behind a sign that read "State of Palestine." He was doing that with the backup of 138 countries that had supported the motion; only 9 had opposed it. I apologize to Ms. Rice for my ignorance; if she can spare a minute, I would like her to explain since when her mighty country stopped recognizing democratic majorities. In sharp contrast to what most humanity considers decent and civilized, the USA threatens and extorts on this issue. On October 31, 2011, UNESCO granted Palestine full membership (see US Enters UN Alley); the USA subsequently cut its budget to UNESCO, hoping to reverse the decision. The same threats apply to every UN agency accepting Palestine. Now, after being recognized as an observing state, Palestine has the right to be admitted to all the UN agencies. Yet, to American horror, over a year after it cut UNESCO's budget, the organization is well and alive; it even awarded Palestine its first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fata Morgana Democrats who threat and extort have lost power; US as Palau.
Not surprisingly, Israeli newspaper Haaretz—"The Land," the unofficial voice of Shin Beth—translated and published an article written by a Palestinian from Gaza, who supports Hamas. Abeer Ayyoub wrote there on November 30, "I saw them holding Palestine flags, screaming 'free Palestine' and playing patriotic songs all over the streets of downtown Gaza... it was Palestinians celebrating the loss of their rights." He ended saying, "Let Palestinians who want to enjoy the 22% of their lands enjoy it. No matter what, I’ll always have the 100% inside. I’ll celebrate with the five million refugees when they go back to their homes one day." Essentially, the Palestinian division mimics what happened in the "Yeshuv," the Jewish settlement, in 1947. "Shiber shiber, beit beit, dar dar, zenga zenga" is Arabic for "inch inch, house house, apartment apartment, alleyway alleyway." The Israeli music producer Noy Alooshe re-mixed Gadhafi’s speech from May 2, 2011, with a song by rappers Pitbull and T-Pain and used this catchy phrase as its central theme. The clip became a worldwide hit with more than 3 million views. Three out of the four words would be recognizable by most Hebrew speakers. The idea behind this describes the approach of the Jewish Yeshuv and the Palestinian Fatah: it is known also as the "Salami System." Eat one slice at a time; step by step conquer the land. Others, like Jewish Irgun and Lehi and Palestinian Hamas, want "everything or nothing," fighting for their ideals to the death. A third group is opportunist, like the fellow working in the picture at the left, where a Palestinian builds the Jewish settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim, next to Jerusalem. Eventually, Palestinians had built the Zionist dream; thus, it belongs to them.
March 2011 Palestinian Building Jewish Settlement Ma'aleh Adumim, Jordan Valley in the background
Ramallah Celebrates | November 29, 2012
In The Day before Palestine, I analyzed various Israeli threats on Palestine the day before the historic UN resolution. Israel had already announced defeat in the diplomatic arena and was openly warning Palestine. The day after the resolution, Israel led a double attack on the State of Palestine. The first was already mentioned here, Avigdor Lieberman refused to recognize Palestine, defining it as "Hamastan [Gaza] and Fatahland [West Bank]." He continued his tirade saying, "The biggest problem is the international community's weakness, and yesterday at the UN, its hypocrisy." He was not kind enough to enlighten us with the knowledge of why awarding a state to Palestine was "hypocrisy." Was the UN awarding the Jews a state also "hypocrisy?" Take your time, Mr. Lieberman, and please prepare a thorough and logical answer. The most startling sentence uttered by him was, "The real news is seeing me, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak around the same table: that's real domestic peace. On the Palestinian side, I don't see peace; I see a lot of disagreement." It portrayed him as utterly disconnected from reality. If it were legal, both people he mentioned would have used knives to solve the political disputes among them.
Yet, most Palestinians have grown used to Jewish verbal violence; Lieberman will be ignored. What is harder to ignore is Israel's second attack on Palestine after the resolution was taken. Netanyahu ordered 3,000 houses to be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, including a controversial plan for new construction in E1, the area that links Jerusalem with the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim. Both of Netanyahu's predecessors, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert, had promised the U.S. administration that Israel would not build there. "These actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations or achieve a two-state solution," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor reacted to the Israeli decision.
At this point, most readers will experience a second fake déjà vu; whenever Israel wants to punish Palestine, it decides to build new structures in the Occupied Territories. Yet, this decision comes in the year that Israel's government doubled its West Bank settlements budget and a month after an extremist announcement made by one of the Likud forefathers. Azriel Livnat, former senior member of Lehi—the Stern Gang—and father of Likud member Limor Livnat, the current Minister of Culture & Sport, who said on October 30 to Channel 7, the settlers' main media outlet,"Maybe now the Likud will return to its roots." He was referring to the agreement achieved on October 25, 2012, between Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Lieberman that their parties—Likud and Yisrael Beitenu (Israel is Our Home) respectively—will run as a single list in the elections to the 19th Knesset on January 22, 2013. "I hope that the two unified parties will guard the settlements and the entire Land of Israel, and that the vision of a Jewish State on both banks of the Jordan River will be fulfilled. In Israel Beiteinu is Minister Landau, whom I trust will guard the Land of Israel," he added. Netanyahu seems to be using the festive declaration of Palestine as a state, as an opportunity to catapult his party's historical view. "Two Banks has the Jordan – This is ours and, that is as well;" wrote Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Likud's main ideologist, in 1929. "Palestine does not exist," Lieberman added yesterday.