BADIL concluded

Three Day

Al-awda training school

UNGA 75th Session: BADIL welcomes

the reaffirmation of Palestinian

refugees’ inalienable rights

BADIL concluded

its first online

Al-Awda Training School

Youth Empowerment Project

concluded with Palestinian

Refugees in Lebanon

Road map up a cul de sac

Road map up a cul de sac

For Immediate Release

No. (E/12/04) 16 April 2004

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It’s a dead end for Palestine and the demise of two-state solution but a “new and better reality for Israel”.

 

The agreement reached between Israel and the United States on unilateral moves to withdraw from Gaza and small areas of the West Bank has been described as “historic and courageous”.

 

Historic. Yes. It rewards occupation and seizure of land by force. It recognizes illegal Jewish colonies/settlements and puts an end to the idea that a two-state solution could be negotiated with a Zionist Israel.

 

Courageous. No. Two of the world’s major military powers can impose their view of the future on a dispersed and defenseless people. Power politics rules. What counts is force not the rule of law.

 

This agreement preempts future negotiations. Palestinians have not been consulted on the latest moves nor have neighboring states that host several million Palestinian refugees. Do they not have a say in their own future?

 

It ends the era of “constructive ambiguity” when both Palestinians and Israelis could interpret statements to support their own views and claims. At least it is clear to everyone that what Israel wants, Israel gets.

 

As early as 1937, Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion said: “…the boundaries of the Zionist aspirations are the concern of the Jewish people and no external factor will be able to limit them”. While this view may always have had the support of the United States, it has never been so blatantly proclaimed as it was on 15 April 2004.

 

Palestinians in this asymmetrical relationship are again in the position of having to react to unilateral decisions made in Israel and Washington. Such decisions are usually made with Israeli security in mind with no thought for the security and well-being of Palestinians.

 

It is the Palestinians who have no partner in negotiations. There are no negotiations, only declarations and edicts from one of the parties to the conflict.

 

A durable peace can only be achieved when international law is applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, United Nations resolutions are implemented and Palestinians participate in the development of peace plans.