publish a summarised version of an introductory speech on the Middle
East given by Fred Weston at a recent meeting of the International
Marxist Tendency. In answering some of the pessimists on the left he points out
how imperialism is facing defeat in the region and highlights the enormous
potential for class struggle.
The recent internecine fighting between different factions
in Gaza has
temporarily calmed down after an agreement was patched together to form a
government of national unity. This will eventually break down as none of the
pressing problems of the Palestinian people will be solved.
The recent opening of archive material clearly demonstrates
that Israel used biological weapons against the Palestinian population back in
1948. Israel to this day does not abide by internationally recognised
agreements on the use of such weapons. The US imperialists turn a blind eye to
all this, as they have their own “weapons of mass destruction”.
major strike took place in Israel yesterday, called by the Histadrut, over the
issue of unpaid wages and siphoning off of workers' pension funds. The strike
affected 200,000 public sector workers, uniting secular Jews, religious Jews,
and Muslim and Christian Arabs all striking together against their exploiters.
As the Marxists have always explained, the class struggle cuts across ethnic
division, and offers the only path to a real solution of the problem.
After the humiliating exit from south Lebanon,
the Israeli generals have turned on the lesser-armed Palestinians of Gaza.
Their bombing solves nothing. It only exacerbates an already extremely unstable
situation. The situation highlights the fact that this rotten Israeli ruling
class can offer no solutions, but only create more problems.
In spite of our exhaustive response to the leaders of the
Argentinean Partido Obrero some time ago, they periodically repeat the same
distortions of our ideas. Earlier this year they concentrated their efforts on
our analysis and proposals concerning the situation in Israel/Palestine. Here
our Israeli comrades set the record straight.