August 22, 2010
That's good news, surely? Could it be that an end to suffering is finally in sight for the millions of people who live in the West Bank, in Gaza and in those Israeli areas that daily face the Qassam rockets aimed indiscriminately at homes, shops, schools and hospitals? Let's all hope so.
Democratic nations, such as Israel and the USA, cannot conduct any sort of meaningful peace talks with an organisation like the PA because it is obvious that the PA are not working towards the best interests of the Palestinian people. They are nothing more than an oppressive and inhumane regime that utilises fear and violence to keep the will of the Palestinian people suppressed.
As Khaled Abu Toameh continues,"The Palestinians do not need a dictatorship that harasses and terrorizes journalists, and that is responsible for the death of detainees in its prisons. In the Arab world we already have enough dictatorships.
The Palestinians do not need additional security forces, militias and armed gangs. In fact, there are too many of them, both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip."
One day, as so many of us hope and pray, there will be peace in Israel and Palestine. The majority of the Palestinian people, like people everywhere, simply want to live their lives without fear, violence and bloodshed and with enough food to feed themselves and their children. One day, they will realise that it's the PA who are preventing them from achieving these aims and when that happens, it'll only be a matter of time before they rise against the PA and destroy them. Perhaps they will then establish a democratic government with whom those nations that value human rights and freedoms can negotiate.
In the meantime, these latest talks are unlikely to achieve much despite the best will of those in the USA and Israel who long for peace, both for Israel itself and for Palestine. However, becoming known as the president under whom talks restarted is going to be a real popularity boost for Obama, whose public image is nowadays that of a mere human being rather than that of a semi-divine being as was the case immediately following his election. Hillary - and the US government - are surely well aware it's impossible to talk meaningfully about peace with violent warmongers, so one must wonder if improving presidential PR is the real purpose behind this?