Posted by: Tony Carson | 17 November, 2009

Palestinians take another screwing

The EU today rejected a bid by Palestine for statehood.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, told reporters “the conditions are not there as of yet” for such a move. “I would hope that we would be in a position to recognize a Palestinian state, but there has to be one first, so I think that is somewhat premature.”

One wonders if “conditions were there” when Israel was given statehood on Palestinian lands.

The Palestinians can’t catch a break. Everyone (but the Israelis) know the Palestinian lands were definitively demarcated before the 1967 war. So the land area isn’t in question.

Must be that the political structure isn’t in place. Of course, that’s hard to establish when your polity is denied a safe and accessible corridor, when your neighbour constantly builds settlements and road barriers that fracture any geopolitical cohesion and a cordon blocks any trade.

Maybe it was those conditions that “were not there.”

And they’re not going to get better any time soon. As Israel continues to built on the West Bank and East Jerusalem the EU’s external relations commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, suggests “The most important thing until now is to really help the Americans bring both sides to the table.”

As if the US has ever been an honest peace-broker.

Netanyahu’s Israel has no intention of agreeing to peace with Palestine; it has no intention of being stuck only with the land and resources it now holds legally. The US knows that yet has support Israel’s recalcitrance every step of the way.

We expected more from the EU where people actually understand the horrific injustices done to the Palestinians.

What conditions does the EU want? Servitude?

Roger Cohen has a thoughtful column in the NY Times oddly called A Mideast Truce because as he says in his opening para: “I find myself agreeing with Israel’s hard-line foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman: ‘Anyone who says that within the next few years an agreement can be reached ending the conflict simply doesn’t understand the situation and spreads delusions.’”

He apparently envisions a Cyprus-like detente as the only possible solution in the near term.

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