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The Truth Hurts – No Peace – Ever?

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Peace in the Middle East? A two-state solution? Palestinian people equal to the Zionist Jew? Getting the national recognition that is their right? Joe Blow hardly thinks so, based upon the past history since 1948 and in particular the last 20 days. Israel has foreclosed on any peaceful solution the their 60-year land-grab and occupation.

There was a way to legitimize relations where all could live together and occupy the same lands, but the sane and sensible Jew like Avi Shlaim were too few to withstand the lawless corruption and elitism of the Zionist Jew. Interestingly, Avi Shlaim outlines why he believes the Nation of Israel has lost its legitimate right to exist as a sovereign nation. He reaffirms the same logic and reasoning the Joe Blow Report has enunciated. The die is cast.

Grief and Anger

Grief and Anger

The following is an interview with Avi Shlaim, a professor of international relations at Oxford University in England record on Democracy Now printed for your enlightenment. Avi Shlaim is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Leading Israeli Scholar Avi Shlaim: Israel Committing “State Terror” in Gaza Attack, Preventing Peace

AMY GOODMAN: As you look at what’s happening in Gaza from your vantage point, well, many miles away in Britain, can you talk about the kind of trajectory your evaluation has taken, where you started in your thoughts about Israel and where you are now?

AVI SHLAIM: As you mentioned, I did national service in the Israeli army in the mid-1960s. And in those days, Israel was a small state surrounded by enemies, and the nation was united in face of the surrounding Arab states. We all felt total commitment to the state of Israel and to the defense of the state of Israel. The Israeli army is called the Israel Defense Forces, and it was true to its name.

But 1967, the war of June 1967, was a major turning point in the history of Israel and the history of the region. In the course of the war, Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria, the West Bank from Jordan and Sinai from Egypt. After the war, Israel started building civilian territories in the occupied territories in violation of international law. So Israel became a colonial power and an imperial power.

And I, for my part, have never questioned the legitimacy of the Zionist movement. I saw it as the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. Nor did I ever question the legitimacy of the state of Israel within its pre-1967 borders. What I reject, what I reject totally, absolutely and uncompromisingly, is the Zionist colonial project beyond the 1967 borders. So we have to distinguish very clearly between Israel proper, within its pre-1967 borders, and Greater Israel, which began to emerge in the aftermath of the June ‘67 war and has completely derailed the Zionist project.

AMY GOODMAN: And then, specifically talk about Gaza, how it has developed and where it is today, right now under assault by the Israeli military.

AVI SHLAIM: In a long-term historical perspective, I would begin with the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. I wrote a book, which you mentioned in your introduction, called The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. It is a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948. It’s a very long book, but I can summarize it for you in one sentence, that throughout its sixty years, Israel has been remarkably reluctant to engage in meaningful negotiations with its Arab opponents to resolve the dispute between them and only too ready to resort to military force in order to impose its will upon them. And the current vicious Israeli onslaught on the people of Gaza is the climax of this longstanding Israeli policy of shunning diplomacy and relying on brute military force.

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