U.S. aim in ‘Peace Process’ is liquidation of Palestinian struggle

Jamil Mizher, a member of the PFLP’s Central Committee, called the negotiations “a net profit for the [Israeli] occupation,” saying that both the United States and Israel will combine to “blackmail the Palestinian side to make concessions on Jerusalem, our borders, and the refugees’ right to return even as they refuse to end settlement building and reject all international law and resolutions.”

The real aim of Washington in these talks remains what it has been since the U.S. first openly entered into negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1991: the liquidation of the Palestinian struggle as part of a drive to pacify and dominate the Middle East as a whole.

In continuing disregard for the Palestinians’ right of self-determination, the Obama administration decided who could and who could not represent the Palestinian people in the talks. Hamas, the governing party in Gaza and winner of the last election of the 2006 Palestinian Legislative Council held in both the West Bank and Gaza, was excluded, as were all Palestinian parties except Abbas’s Fatah.

On the day the talks began, a press conference in Gaza City by 12 Palestinian organizations including Hamas, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Islamic Jihad, Popular Resistance Committees, Palestine People’s Party and others denounced the Washington talks as a sham and announced their intention to intensify the resistance against Israeli occupation.

Renewed negotiations are taking place against a backdrop of the accelerated seizure of Palestinian land in the West Bank, a vast expansion of Israeli settlements and the continued blockade of Gaza. Today, there are more than 500,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The extreme right-wing Israeli government, which includes outright fascist elements, has intensified repression against Palestinians who make up 20 percent of the population inside the 1948 borders.

The current Israeli government is a coalition of right-wing forces, including the misnamed Labor Party. All three top officials—Prime Minister Netanyahu (Likud), Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Our Home) and Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Labor) have made clear they oppose any extension of the freeze or even a slowdown in settlement expansion. The fascistic Lieberman said on Sept. 5 that a treaty “is a target that is not attainable within the next year and not within the next generation.” Lieberman, the second-ranking official in the government, has never disguised his desire to drive all the Palestinians out of their homeland.

A second round of negotiations is set for September 15 in Egypt.

A September 2 press release by the PFLP quoted a statement issued by the PFLP’s Political Bureau: “The White House meeting and gala dinner launching the direct bilateral negotiations brings to mind the same image of the White House lawn on Sept. 13, 1993 when the Oslo agreement was signed, with only a change in the actors and the extras surrounding them.” The press release continued: the Oslo agreement, said the Front, ended in disaster for the Palestinian people on the ground, and these negotiations pose the same threats.

Jamil Mizher, a member of the PFLP’s Central Committee, called the negotiations “a net profit for the [Israeli] occupation,” saying that both the United States and Israel will combine to “blackmail the Palestinian side to make concessions on Jerusalem, our borders, and the refugees’ right to return even as they refuse to end settlement building and reject all international law and resolutions.”

Richard Becker, Party for Socialism and Liberation, September 7, 2010

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