The NYT Reinvents the Peace Process

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

The open secret is none ever existed. From inception decades earlier, the Israeli/Palestinian peace was a colossal hoax.

Peace and stability in Occupied Palestine, as well as throughout the region are anathema to Washington and Israel – what the Times and other media scoundrels never explain. 

Endless violence and chaos serve the imperial interests of both countries – why there’s no end of it.

The Times: “The day the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem is a day the world has longed for, because of what it was supposed to represent: the end of a seemingly endless conflict, a blood-soaked tragedy with justice and cruelty on both sides.” 

“Israelis and Palestinians have envisioned a capital in Jerusalem, and for generations the Americans, the honest brokers in seeking peace, withheld recognition of either side’s claims, pending a treaty that through hard compromise would resolve all competing demands.”

Fact: Jerusalem is an international city, recognized as such by nearly the entire world community – not Israel or America under Trump.

Fact: A “blood-soaked tragedy with justice and cruelty” is entirely one-sided, Israel a brutal occupier, defenseless Palestinians victimized since establishment of the Jewish state.

Fact: Washington never brokers honestly anywhere, never during decades of Israeli/Palestinian peace talks – dead-on-arrival each time initiated, equitably resolving decades of conflict unattainable because the US and Israel reject resolution, compromise not in their vocabulary.

True enough “(t)he world did not witness a new dawn of peace and security” for Palestinians with the opening of Washington’s Jerusalem embassy – just the opposite, making a devastatingly horrendous situation far worse, justifiably infuriating Palestinians more than already, driving a stake into the heart of an already moribund peace process.

The Times claim about “Israel’s democratic character…reced(ing)” in recent months ignored its nonexistence since the Jewish state was established – an apartheid regime from inception, militantly hostile to Palestinians, including its own Arab citizens, treated like enemies of the state.

The Times: “For decades, the United States prided itself on mediating between Israel and the Palestinians.” 

“Successive administrations urged a peace formula in which the two parties would negotiate core issues – establishing boundaries between the two states; protecting Israel’s security; deciding how to deal with refugees who fled or were driven away after Israeli statehood in 1948; and deciding the future of Jerusalem, which was expected to become the shared capital of Israelis and Palestinians.”

Fact: US administrations never acted as an honest broker during Israeli/Palestinian peace talks – always one-sidedly supporting Israel.

Neither Washington or Israel accepted the idea of Palestinian self-determination – paying disingenuous lip service to it alone, stalling for time, enabling Israeli regimes to continue stealing Palestinian land, controlling over 70% of the West Bank, wanting more, along with Jerusalem as an exclusive Jewish capital.

The Times: “Mr. Trump’s announcement that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and moving the embassy from Tel Aviv, swept aside 70 years of American neutrality.”

Fact: False! Washington was never neutral – not on issues involving Israel and Palestine, or virtually anything else, wanting its own interests served, mindless about those of others.

The Times: “Israel has every right to defend its borders, including the boundary with Gaza. But officials are unconvincing when they argue that only live ammunition – rather than tear gas, water cannons and other nonlethal measures – can protect Israel from being overrun.”

Fact: The Times disgracefully ignored 11 years of illegal, brutal occupation of Gaza entirely for political reasons, unrelated to its security.

Fact: Unlike all other nations, Israel has no declared borders. It wants them expanded by stealing Palestinian land, more from neighboring states.

Fact: Israel faces no regional threats – not from Palestinians, Iran, Syria or any other nation.

Fact: Demonstrating peacefully for equity and justice denied is a fundamental right of everyone everywhere. Attacking them by lethal or other means constitutes a crime against humanity – an Israeli specialty, repeating virtually daily throughout the Territories.

Fact: The threat of Israel “being overrun” is ZERO – not by Palestinians or anyone else.

The Times: “…Gazans are undermining their own cause by resorting to violence, rather than keeping their protests strictly peaceful” – a bald-faced lie!

Palestinian protests throughout the Territories, including in Gaza, are peaceful, virtually always attacked by Israeli forces violently.

The Times has a long, disturbing history of one-sided support for Israel.

It backs Washington’s destructive imperial agenda the same way, waging war on humanity – the Times a reliable cheerleader, ignoring US high crimes.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.