In what has almost become an annual ritual, an upsurge in violence has again put Jerusalem on edge. Originally centered on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount area in Jerusalem’s Old City, the clashes have now spread beyond, into the West Bank.
The authors are right to advocate that we - "...begin articulating consequences for Israel’s continued occupation and settlement construction..."
That is never talked about. It is as if the occupation is permanent, approved and of course > 'a fact on the ground' regardless of its illegality and inhumanity.
The world should start talking about the end to the occupation instead of always leaving that out as if it can never happen. It is time that it does happen.
Since the assassination of Rabin by a right-wing extremist (who would probably be considered a centrist in today's Israel) there has been no 'peace process'. Israel uses the negotiations simply to delay international intervention while it continues to use illegal settlement building and apartheid walls to steal more and more Palestinian land. There was mock outrage when Netanyahu said earlier this year that there would be no Palestinian state while he was Prime Minister, but this has been the actual situation for years. Netanyahu has been paying lip service to a two-state solution while actually working to make it impossible.
The Likud party's original platform (Netanyahu's party) said "A plan which relinquishes parts of western Eretz Israel, undermines our right to the country, unavoidably leads to the establishment of a "Palestinian State," jeopardizes the security of the Jewish population, endangers the existence of the State of Israel. and frustrates any prospect of peace."
No matter how much is said to the contrary, that is still the policy of Likud and Netanyahu. They want land, not peace.
The peace process is a sham because one party is cynically using it to buy time to steal land. This has been obvious for years. The U.S. and other nations support this pretense because the alternative, forcing Israel to comply with the Oslo accords and the pre-'67 borders, would upset the status quo. An autonomous Palestinian state would change the balance of power in the region - and not in the way the U.S. wants.
So the charade of a peace process is pushed by the U.S. and its allies. They know it's a charade, but it's a charade in which they play the supporting chorus.
Failed Peace Process?
No, Peace Process Intended To Fail.