ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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New Hopes, Looming Threats

The extreme Right in Israel and the United States are standing in the way of justice to the Palestinians.

The new spirit of assertion by the hitherto supine al-Fatah leadership of Palestine and the degree of support it has received from governments across the world speaks of a dawn of hope for the Palestinian people. The bid for a unilateral declaration of independence from Israeli occupation, which the Palestinians hope will be recognised by the United Nations (UN), emerges from the wider ferment in the Arab world. But because it involves Israel it will be judged by a different set of standards. It embodies the spirit of hope and resistance. Yet, it could just as well be the first stage in a new phase of confrontation, more bitter than anything in the past.

The dangers are embodied in the figure of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who basks in the glow of adulation from the United States Congress and self-righteously demands the unquestioning loyalty of what he, with complete arrogance, calls the “civilised world”. Unqualified endorsement of the creeping annexation of all Palestine – save the Gaza which would continue being the world’s largest open-air prison – is the minimum he demands as blood price for past atrocities the Jewish people have suffered in the heartlands of “civilisation”.

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