The farce of the US to bring peace to Gaza after the war

The farce of the US to bring peace to Gaza after the war
The farce of the US to bring peace to Gaza after the war

Marwan Bishara; Al Jazeera

09 November, 2023, 04:10 pm

Last modified: 09 November, 2023, 04:12 pm

On November 5, 2023, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in the occupied West Bank. Photo: Reuters


On November 5, 2023, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in the occupied West Bank. Photo: Reuters

US Middle East policy and Israel’s war in Gaza are flip sides of the same coin. Israel is committing war crimes one after another in Palestine. In this situation, the way the United States wants to protect the country, the whole region is threatened to fall into another war.

The Biden administration sent an elite navy, including two aircraft carriers, to the Middle East after Israeli forces launched a bloody offensive on Gaza a month ago. Its purpose is to alert US adversaries and keep allies safe in difficult situations.

Thousands of people are being killed every day by Israeli attacks on Gaza. In this situation, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken avoided all criticism of Israel’s war in a meeting with Arab officials. He parroted Israel’s false statements at the meeting. He also rejected ceasefire talks. All these make clear the unconditional support of the US to Israel in the war.

Meanwhile, while Blinken was meeting with Arab leaders, Israeli attacks on Gaza continued. As Israel ramps up its bombing of Gaza’s hospitals, schools, mosques, residential buildings, and ramps up ground operations in the densely populated Gaza Strip, the Biden administration is more interested in talking about future peace than stopping the war.

Blinken visited the Middle East three times within a month of the start of the war. In his latest visit last week, he failed to reduce the anger and frustration of Arab countries over the outcome of Israel’s war in Gaza. Every Arab leader he met condemned Israel’s ‘war crime’. More than 10,000 people, most of them children and women, have been killed in the month-long war.

Blinken is essentially trying to distract from the war. He is trying to convince Arab leaders not to talk about a ceasefire. Instead, he talks about negotiating the much-desired ‘long-term peace’.

Blinken enjoyed a warm welcome from the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank rather than from the Arab states.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the US delegation and expressed interest in taking control of Gaza in the context of a post-war peace settlement, which is surprising.

2.3 million people in Gaza are struggling to survive under the Israeli siege and heavy bombardment. The PA has condemned Israel’s war crimes in Gaza and led the efforts of Arab diplomats at the United Nations, but it has blocked all West Bank Palestinian protests against the war.

The situation in the West Bank is not favorable either. Israeli forces have increased operations in various parts of the West Bank, including Ramallah. Thousands of Palestinians have been arrested. However, the PA remains silent.

Palestinian villages have also been attacked from agitated Jewish settlements. However, President Abbas seems indifferent to this matter.

The reason behind this role of Abbas is blind faith in the Biden administration. He believes the Biden administration can secure peace for the people of Palestine, and they are eager to do so. Abbas hopes that if he can keep the West Bank a little quieter, then control of a Hamas-free Gaza will be in his hands.

What a farce!

It is patently foolish to think that the PA will take control of Gaza on the back of Israeli warplanes and tanks. Abbas and his allies must be under the delusion that Israel is spending blood and resources to hand over both the West Bank and Gaza to their incompetent regime. In fact the Israeli government is making no secret of its plans to retain full control of the Valley indefinitely.

If they really believe that a victorious post-war Israel will help them establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, they are living in a fool’s paradise.

Why will US President Biden spend political capital to establish an independent Palestinian state in an election year? If his administration can’t get Israel to agree to a two-day or even two-hour humanitarian pause, unless it saves Palestinian lives, how can it convince the Israeli government and society to accept a two-state solution?

The fascists and bigots who formed the Israeli unity government with an absolute majority in the legislature are now thinking of new ways to expel the Palestinians instead of giving them back the land. They have no intention of giving the Palestinians their own state.

The best-case scenario in the current situation would be to see the US pressuring Israel to accept half of the PA-ruled West Bank. And the exchange is the normalization of relations with the whole of the Arabs and a larger amount of US aid.

On the eve of the US invasion of Iraq nearly 20 years ago, former US President George W. Bush proposed a ‘vision of a two-state solution’ and also developed an international plan of action with the Europeans to achieve that goal after the war. What is the result? We saw more bloody occupations, illegal settlements and blockades, as well as perpetual wars, which wreaked havoc on the region.

In fact, there is no Israeli peace partner to join now or in the future because of the unconditional support of the US. There is no one who can end the occupation or the apartheid system.

Only through the direct involvement and resistance of the international community can Israel be forced, as was done to France and South Africa, to give up colonial territories.

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