Peace Talks That Allow Racism Cannot Continue
Call an end to the farcical peace process today. American Secretary of State John Kerry who falls over himself to try and create dialogue between the democratic state of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, who represent a small fraction of the Palestinian Arabs, should call it wraps today. If America is at all concerned with civil rights, racial equality or any of those other racial touch-button words, now is the time.
The Palestinian Authority this week outspokenly condemned the idea that “Jewish settlers who find themselves on the Palestinian side of the border under a two-state deal should be given the choice to remain in place and live under Palestinian rule.”
As the top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said “Anyone who says he wants to keep the settlers in a Palestinian state is really saying he does not want a Palestinian state. No settler will be permitted to stay in a Palestinian state, not one, because the settlements are illegal and the presence of settlers on occupied lands is illegal.”
Erekat’s statements came in response to Prime Minister Netanyahu making clear that he will not uproot any Jewish settlements, nor will he force any settlers to leave. He insists that if there’s a peace deal, Jews will live in their homes in “peace.”
Leaving aside the unfeasible nature of Jews living in an “Arab Palestine” – as Jews cannot live safely among Arabs, clearly this shows the very radical nature of the Palestinian Arabs. Arabs live freely – and very well in the Jewish State of Israel. But nowhere in the Arab world can Jews live freely. Where’s Peace Now and J Street now when it comes to “oppression” regarding the settlements? Why the double standard?
How can the American government oversee these peace talks when America will not accept racism anywhere in the world? The American government allows Jews to live anywhere they want. Why wouldn’t they insist for the same thing from Palestinian Arabs? How can President Obama allow Kerry to continue with these so-called peace talks when Jews will be forbidden from living in certain areas?
For many thousands of years – from czarist Russia to medieval Europe – Jews have been told where they can and cannot live. Those days are long over in the State of Israel. As none other than Benjamin Netanyahu has said, “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”
Ronn Torossian is a New York based entrepreneur, author and philanthropist.