maandag 3 januari 2011

From Palestine to Ecuador

Op-ed: South American recognition of Palestine a symptom of Israeli failure to speak clearly
Yoaz Hendel

We can keep the levels of anxiety down in the face of the willingness of certain South American states to recognize a Palestinian state. We’ve been there before. Words may shape one’s perception, yet hollow diplomatic declarations produce nothing.

On November 15, 1988 Arafat spoke in Algeria and declared the establishment of Palestine. For a few days it appeared to be a painful blow to Israeli policy: The declaration was embraced by most states of the world. The UN later decided to symbolically change the PLO’s name to Palestine – 104 states voted in favor, two voted against (Israel and the United States,) and the rest (36) abstained. The world that exists within the confines of the UN spoke up.  

Yet then reality intervened. As we know, the state of Palestine was never established; instead, a corrupt authority came into being under the auspices of the Arafat gang.
In the past two years we are seeing a repeat performance – a struggle for global recognition. The Palestinians, who lost the violent struggle led by Arafat (the al-Aqsa Intifada) are engaged in an all-out war of legitimacy. Yet it’s important to keep in mind that this is not a struggle for the Palestinian right to statehood and recognition. It appears that on that front, ever since Netanyahu’s Bar-Ilan speech there isn’t even one state that officially objects to this.
The real struggle is over our own legitimacy and the State of Israel’s right, some 62 years after its establishment, to exist. The issue of borders is much less fundamental: It can be 1967, 1948, or any other border you come up with. This war is about the existence of the Jewish state.
Against this backdrop, anti-Israeli forces are,7340,L-4008313,00.html