The American conception of the Palestinian state
We believe that Bush is being hypocritical when he talks about a
Palestinian state. Bush's America and Blair’s Britain used to
describe Arafat as an obstacle who “let his people down"
because he refused to cancel the right of return, and because he did
not yield to the Israeli demands that in fact cancel the Palestinian
people… They will continue to accuse any leadership that refuses to
make compromise on the very basic Palestinian rights of the same
Asked in his weekly
seminar the following question:
What is the American conception of the Palestinian state?
Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:
claim that there is no clear American conception regarding this
In other words, the
American conception is not different of the Israeli one that
offers the Palestinians everything and nothing at the same time.
It offers them vague promises and words that mean nothing, and
then accuses them of losing a historic opportunity that they
could have benefited from had they accepted the Israeli terms
that tell them that they are not a nation and do not deserve a
The Jewish entity,
with its nature of aggression and goals of expansion as well as
its racial structure, rejects the establishment of a Palestinian
state. Such a development would mean the beginning of the end of
the Zionist dream to conquer the entire region.
rejection of such a state is supported by the American
Administration that believes, although implicitly, that Israel
is always right, which means that any Palestinian pursuit of
freedom is a kind of terrorism, while all Israeli aggressions
are acts of self-defense, a natural right for the only
"democracy" in the region.
rejection of the Palestinian state constitutes the basis of any
American solution to the Palestinian cause. That is why Bush's
administration has tried throughout the first tenure to accuse
the Palestinians at every juncture that they are the problem and
the obstacle… Thus, they kept talking about the corruption of
the Palestinian authority and the need for reform, and a
leadership that seeks a "democratic transformation"…
All this was an
attempt to enlarge or inflate the internal Palestinian problem
and forget the major issue of occupation. The coming four years
will witness a repetition of the same accusations in an effort
to pass time and achieve nothing.
conception of the Palestinian state is evident in the letter of
guaranties Bush sent to Sharon, which was later endorsed by the
This letter cancels
the right of return, tries to resettle the Palestinians in the
Diaspora and violates the legitimate rights, by saying first
that such issues are to be solved by negotiations. But it would
then side with Israel once these negotiations start, giving the
Palestinians a choice between noting and a vague and leading
formula that would be given the name of state, but it in fact
does not have a taste, color or smell.
Bush who has always
talked about the evident facts on the ground, reminding the
Palestinians that the occupation is the only fact while their
dreams of a Palestinian state are a mirage, and who has turned a
blind eye towards the threats the settlements pose upon the
establishment of a Palestinian state, does not want to see any
Palestinian state. He, as well as his extreme right
administration, who resemble the Zionist extremists around
Sharon, do not want to see a Palestinian state.
They only want the
Palestinians to submit to the Israeli demands to be described by
the Western media as abandoning "terrorism". But in
return, they will be losing both the Palestinian state and the
We believe that
Bush is being hypocritical when he talks about a Palestinian
state. Even the Road Map should be tailored to fit Sharon's
plans, including the racial wall that was condemned by the
international community but endorsed by Bush as part of the
facts on the ground. Bush's America and Blair’s Britain used
to describe Arafat as an obstacle who "let his people
down" because he refused to cancel the right of return, and
because he did not yield to the Israeli demands that in fact
cancel the Palestinian people… They will continue to accuse
any leadership that refuses to make compromise on the very basic
Palestinian rights of the same accusation… they want the
Palestinians to surrender, and gain in return a so-called
Palestinian state that has no land, sovereignty or independence.
Therefore, we say
to the Palestinian people who have proved that they deserve a
state being the owners of the land, and that they are ready to
make any sacrifice, no matter how big it could be, to earn it...
We say to them that the latest developments, as tragic as they
were, have shown the falseness of the American arguments…
There is no other way but to continue the struggle, for the
state is made by those who resist and not those who have shown
that they are ready to surrender.
The Intifada has
proved to the world that no force however big and oppressive it
might be, could break the people's will. The Palestinians have
made certain concrete steps in their struggle, and they still
have further steps to make on their long road. But they should
be supported by the nation and anybody who does not would be
committing grand treason.