Baum: New technologies are allowing Israel to maintain control over its occupation remotely
This week, the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erakat, announced that because Israeli settlements continue to grow (with de facto US support) and annex the land planned for a future Palestine, the Palestinians may have to abandon hopes for an independent state. He therefore urged Palestinians to fight for one democratic state where all citizens will be equal. With this announcement, many are wondering what the future of the Israeli occupation would look like. Meanwhile, Israel is continuing its technological evolution of the occupation, making it possible to institutionalize control over the occupation remotely. At the end of October, the joint Israeli-Palestinian Alternative Information Center held a conference in Bethlehem on economy of the occupation. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky attended and spoke to Dalit Baum of Who Profits and Shir Hever, of the Alternative Information Center about the changing face of the Israeli occupation.
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Let’s face it and just admit the undeniable fact, which is that Israel and its subservient, loyal and practically obedient big mama, the US, will not allow the creation of any real viable Palestinian state on Palestinian land. It’s just not going to happen, and from the looks of things, no meaningful negotiations, much less any chance of peace agreement, will take place any time soon – not for a long time to come. But don’t be mistaken to think that that day will never come, for it will – maybe way in the future, but eventually it will – because what goes around comes around, and nothing lasts forever; not Israeli superior military power and superior, maniacal arrogance, not America’s unconditional support and protection, and not Arabs’ weakness. All that one day will come to an end – that’s the way history usually works – and Israel will then regret that it never listened to reason and grabbed the opportunity to make decent, honorable peace with the Palestinians and its other neighbors.
So what are we trying to do by maintaining this charade of pretending to broker a pointless, unattainable peace agreement between the all-powerful, non-compromising occupiers and the hopeless occupied. Israel will never give the Palestinian any thing worth mentioning unless it feels it has no choice but to cooperate, and that the price of its intransigence and arrogance will be too high if it didn’t. And that day, one day, will come. History is a great source of knowledge and wisdom, for those who wish and are interested in learning from it, but Israel, for the time being, isn’t showing any signs or interest in learning any lessons, not from history or any one else – and that’s an ominous sign of a bloody future for all involved, especially Israel.
No question is raised here about legality of the wall or the occupation. Both of which have been condemned by te UN. The US aid to Israel is to fel the military industrial complex. The world needs to overthrow the hegemony of the US and by extension Israel, and then put a peace keeping force in place, removing the Israelis and returning Palestine to it rightful owners–the Palestiians.
A truly sad state of affairs, and the Middle East will never really know any peace untilt he issue is resolved.