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Deal of the Century: Fund for Land

Saturday 15/June/2019 - 08:34 PM
Rabea Yehia
Rabea Yehia
Written by Rabea Yehia-Translated by Hasanin Tayea
For many years، Israel has been promoting a false scenario over the absence of a Palestinian negotiator، with whom، it can reach a permanent peace deal to end the decades-old conflict. 

The Hebrew media outlets also promote a series of historical lies، which claim that the Palestinians rejected all peace proposals، by which، they would have eventually been granted an independent state. 

One of these lies was mentioned by Israeli journalist Ben-Dror Yemini in a report published in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper a week ago.

The Israeli writer claimed that the Palestinians، since 1937 until the emergence of ‘Land for Peace’ principle following the 1967 war، rejected proposals that allow them to get an independent state. 

He also claimed that they also rejected all plans for peace during the last two decades، including US President Donald Trump's plan، so-called as the "The Deal of the Century ".

The Israeli elite’s preoccupation with promoting old lies has distracted them from globally some known facts.

 This، definitely، shows that the crisis lies in the extremist Israeli tendencies that clearly dominate the Israeli political scene.

By the way، the Palestinians did not intend to assassinate one of their leaders who held negotiations for peace deals with Israel. 

In contrast، the Israelis did so when Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin، who won the Nobel Prize، "dared" to move forward towards peace.

As a result، he was killed in 1995 by a radical student named Yigal Amir، who was dubbed till now by many of the extremist Israelis as a national hero.

Every Israeli citizen، including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself، knows that none of the politicians in Israel has the balls to talk about a state for the Palestinians، as Rabin's fate may be repeated with any prime minister who seriously considers addressing the lawful demands of the Palestinians. 

Added to that، Netanyahu is exploiting this situation for his political survival، as he managed to form four cabinets، but the fifth one was not formed due to differences between religious and political extremists  represented in the ultra-Orthodox Jews، the Haredim، and Avigdor Lieberman، the former defense minister.

During Netanyahu's fourth term in office، from mid-2015 to April 2019، all indicators showed that it was impossible for Palestinians to engage into negotiations with a government includes the extremist former Minister of Education Naftali Bennett.

The Israeli politicians، even the leftist ones، consent، unanimously that they could not respond to the lawful rights of the Palestinians In light of the state of extremism that prevails the Israeli society.

Benny Gantz، head of the Blue-White alliance، has retreated his statements released in February 2019، in which، he saw the possibility of repeating the "Israeli segregation plan from Gaza and the West Bank، claiming that his speech was wrongly explained، after realizing he will be in political dilemma.

The Palestinians are actually dealing with the calls that urge them to accept the "Deal of the Century" and adhere to a firm principle of a "two-state solution" with East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital. These demands are supported by the Arab leaders and most European countries. 

The Palestinians have only clung to their lawful and historical right in face for vague calls، which seem to be consistent with the US president's personality as a businessman and a billionaire who wants to impose the principle of "Funds for Peace".

Trump's plan، which has been previously rejected by many Israeli politicians and statesmen، is based on tempting the Palestinians with economic incentives and the Israelis with security as a first step to unknown proposals. 

The plan may be similar to what has been released by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman، during his talk about annexing the West Bank، or rather the main settlement blocs to Israel.

The Israeli elite know well that any solution does not grant the Palestinians an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital will be deemed to failure. It also confirmed that no Israeli government، either now or for the near future، dares to meet the Palestinian lawful rights، especially in light of the state of extremism prevailing in Israel.


The elite are aware of the fact that every Israeli politician، who will consider responding positively to Arab right، will face the same fate of Rabin.

Indeed، the Palestinian Authority has repeatedly shown its willingness to enter into peace negotiations if the Israeli partners showed seriousness and imposed no preconditions.

France and Russia have already put forward proposals put forward many proposals for ending the current crises but the Israeli government turned blind eye to all solutions.

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