Trump’s Palestine ‘Deal’ Dead Before Launch
- Trump’s Palestine ‘Deal’ Dead Before Launch
There is seemingly no stopping deluded prospectors digging for nuggets of gold in the empty mine of Palestinian leaders’ capitulation. True, that mine once contained rich seams. Small, but rich enough.
In 1993 Yasser Arafat terminated the First Intifada, the popular Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation. In exchange, he got some personal power for him and his entourage. Yet Palestinians remained occupied.
The Oslo Accords – contrary to “Peace Process Industry” illusions – never promised an end to the process of Israeli colonisation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The idea that Oslo was “supposed” to lead to a “Palestinian state” based on the 1967 ceasefire line is completely belied by the actual text of the agreement itself. Oslo’s most principled opponents recognised this immediately. As early as October 1993, leading Palestinian intellectual Edward Said wrote: “Let us call the agreement by its real name: an instrument of Palestinian surrender, a Palestinian Versailles.”
In the same article, Said slammed the White House lawn ceremony that Arafat participated in, along with then US President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as a degrading and crude spectacle intended to humiliate and depress Palestinians the world over.