Middle East: The Clock Is Ticking

Note:  I wrote this draft before the latest “intifada” erupted…….

I write a lot about the situation between the Israelis and the Palestinians…..it is a subject that I have watched and analyzed for decades…..and after all those years the sides are NO closer to finding a way to deal with each other as equals……but the clock is ticking!

The sands are running through the hour glass and no one can find a way to stop it…..a dream for years has been a peaceful Middle East…..many have tried and ALL have failed.

I have written in the past of the possibility for peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis and even offered up a couple of suggestions on how to achieve a lasting peace……but sadly few listen and even fewer care…..

When the Palestinians go on the offensive it is major news…..the media tells all but what caused the action…….they will give the reasons that Israel retaliates against any action and it is always the same…..self-defense which as we have seen in recent years is the call of the people that have to justify the bloodshed they spill.

But think about the causes of the anger of Palestinians……crops destroyed, house destroyed and fruit trees uprooted, loss of livelihood….. and for what?  Would you sit by passively while your livelihood was destroyed?  Would you allow someone to throw you out of your house to make room for an apartment complex?

The one situation that has caused more destruction and bloodshed is Israel’s constant desire to build settlements on Palestinian land.

United Nations special committee has blasted Israel’s policy of settlement expansion, saying it is the root cause of violence towards Palestinians.

In a press release issued on Aug. 10, the committee revealed that testimony from a range of civil society groups and Palestinian officials all pointed to one conclusion: that until the government of Israel reigns in illegal settlement activity in the West Bank, the violence will likely continue.

Besides annexing Palestinian land and further fragmenting West Bank territory, settlement expansion has also contributed to a climate of impunity in which crimes against Palestinians – often at the hands of settlers themselves – continue unchecked.

Settlers also routinely attempt to destroy Palestinian farmland by cutting down trees, setting fields ablaze, damaging machinery or stealing and poisoning livestock.

Israel and the construction of these settlements are the cause of much of the violence in the West Bank then it is time for the US to man up and find a way to force Israel to top this practice and start looking for ways to end this conflict.

Unless of course………Israelis have NO intention of finding a peace and that it was all about the destruction of Palestinians all along and the self-defense BS was just the cover screen……in other words the complete destruction of a people.  That is called genocide….something Israelis should be well aware of from their past.  But wait the world allows it in the name of “self-defense”….did that excuse work in the 1930’s?  Why should it work in the 21st century?

You would think that they would be sensitive to such an act….but they seem to have short memories….you see religion is on their side……funny how religion is not a good excuse elsewhere….but it is when applied to the Israelis……the whole world is one huge communities of hypocrites!

Time is quickly running out.  Both sides, even though it does not appear to be so, have been working to end this hostility…..but as long as the settlements continue and the vicious attacks continue this relative peaceful period will end……and when it ends it will be all out conflict with all the death and destruction that anyone can imagine.

The only hope this situation has is the international community……sadly these entities will do whatever Israel wants……does Israel want a return to all out conflict?  It would give them the excuse they need to totally destroy the Palestinian people and fulfill some mythical promise from an unproven history.  And that is all the excuse they need!

6 thoughts on “Middle East: The Clock Is Ticking

  1. I think it might be accurate to say that a war will end when one side or the other has no more living participants to wage the war. That is when “Peace” can truly prevail — until the survivors find something to fight among themselves about …. and then it starts all over again.

      1. I am not going to pay that exorbitant amount of money for a little pampering and a case of sea sickness. If I was younger maybe. But thanks for the good wishes anyway.

      2. OKay…I thought you might take some time for reflection and stuff….no need to thank me….always good feelings….chuq

  2. Israel is a bully. In all the years since they took over the occupied territories in 1967 how many Palestinian lives have been lost vs Israeli lives? And yet the media doesn’t really seem to care about this, and it’s only when Palestinians decide to strike back that they do. And in any case, is it really fair that a Palestinian teen (many of the new intifada are very young, some so young that they weren’t even born in the last intifada) kills one Israeli, and so they are executed, their family is persecuted and their house is razed to the ground?

    Palestinians are the only people who are required to guarantee the safety of their oppressor… like you said they aren’t left alone to live their lives in peace, many of them are very poor because of lack of economic opportunities and are subject to discrimination, humiliating checks at the West Bank wall etc… is Israel really justified in its heavy-handed treatment of the Palestinians? Step one should definitely be ousting Netanyahu and his Likud party…

    Would like to hear your thoughts on American hypocrisy in general… like Republicans who claim to want a free market but at the same time say they’re going to impose protectionist measures to protect the American workers…

    1. Free markets are a campaign slogan…..the markets will always be titled toward the big corporations….the protectionist rhetoric is hust that ……all talk……

      If we want a peaceful ME then stop all settlements on the West Bank…..stop pretended to be a democracy…..and the world needs to sack up and hold Israel accountable for their extreme actions…..those would be good starts….chuq

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