The mountain has laboured and borne
a mouse. That would be a
fitting epitaph for the Annapolis conference on Palestine. After four
months of endless talks about talks Condoleezza Rice, the American secretary of
state, failed to obtain what Washington and
Abbas desperately need: an agreement on at least the main points of a deal that
would ultimately create a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
vice-premier Haim Ramon has suggested ceding Arab neighbourhoods to a future
Palestinian state. This has divided the Israeli political establishment… obviously.
But what it reflects is the pressure on the Zionist ruling elite to make at
least some verbal concessions in an attempt to stabilise the situation.
tears have been shed over the fall of Gaza under Hamas control. In reality what
has happened is that the carefully prepared plans of imperialism have exploded
in their face. They had bought off and corrupted the leaders of Fatah in order
to get them to police the Palestinians for them. Because of this the
Palestinian masses turned away from Fatah and embraced Hamas. So where do we go
Forty years of the horrors of the
repression of the Palestinians, the many other barbaric wars Israel has
launched since then, and the defeat of the Israeli war machine in the last war
in Lebanon have changed the image of Israel that has been fostered since 1967. Read also Yossi Schwartz on Israel: The 1967 War.