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Israel & its fathers America & Europe are actually at fault for its failures

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Submitted by Nishi (India), May 20, 2008 at 00:35

Israel & its foster fathers America & Europe are actually at fault for its failures, owing to its continued military occupation and illegal settlements. Despite giving lip service to peace, the Israeli army's refusal to leave the occupied territories continues to be in direct contravention to what the preamble to UN Security Council Resolution 242 termed the "inadmissible taking of land by force."

But the international community, Palestinians and Arabs all bear responsibility as well. Indeed, the list of disappointments pre-dates Israeli statehood and the Nakbeh itself: the King-Crane Commission of 1919, the 1937 Peel Report, the British White Paper of 1939, the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry of 1945, and the UN Partition Plan of 1947.

To be sure, Palestinians and Arabs are also to blame for their inability to empathise, recognise and understand the plight of the Jewish people.
While European public and private support to Israel, especially in its founding years, is believed to be very extensive, the US has created a firewall of vetoes and political protection for Israel, in addition to providing massive financial support.

After the US, Germany is the principal donor of both economic and mili-tary aid to Israel.

In the face of Israel's strength, the Palestinian national movement's failure has now played into the hands of Islamists.

The Hamas, which emerged during the first Intifada in 1987, grew more powerful in the 1990s, after the return of the PLO's Yasser Arafat and the creation, as a result of the Oslo Accords, of the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas's rejection of the Oslo Accords bore political fruit as it became increasingly clear to Palestinians that the handshakes on the White House lawn would not produce the coveted end to the Israeli occupation, or even of Israel's illegal settlement activities.

Yet, despite history's long train of failures, Hamas's June 2007 seizure of control of Gaza, and its pariah status in the West, we are repeatedly told by the US that 2008 will be the year of a peace agreement. But the so called champions of Democracy civil society Human Rightas had not allowed Hamas to rule Palestine, only because of excuse that it is an alleged terrorist organization, are these champions are not supporting Friendly dictators and Terrorists in other countries, why this selective demonstration of rightiousness in palestine only?

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