Kana’an eBulletin – Volume IX – Issue 1895
As we live through the 61st anniversary of the ongoing eviction, destruction and inhalation of the Palestinian people, their geography, social fabric, economic structure, culture and national goals, let’s examine the main positive and negative developments that took place in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
World developments in the era of globalization had fundamentally widened the gap between the official/regimes and popular attitudes towards nearly every issue more than any other era before. The most obvious difference between the popular attitudes and those of the official/regimes had crystallized in their recent positions towards the Arab-Israeli conflict.
This conflict has become international and its participants are divided among multiple local, regional and international “partners”.
The world capitalist system has been “traditionally” the main factor in the Arab-Israeli conflict. In fact, this conflict would have never taken place, if the world capitalist core regimes, which represent the colonial-imperialist interests of their bourgeoisies, did not occupy Palestine and planned the creation of a settler colonial Jewish state on its soil.
At the regional level, the implantation of this settlers state in Palestine was never intended to be limited to the occupation Palestine as a final goal. The goal actually was and remains to use Palestine as a base for colonization, exploitation and blocking the development of Arab countries. This adds the regional/national dimension to the conflict.
It should be noted here that until recent years, the world regimes were either designing/planning or interfering in this conflict on behalf and in favor of the Jewish state, while the masses in those countries were either neutralized or manipulated to support the Jewish settler colonization of Palestine. In such an environment, the political forces in the society exercised hegemony over the civil society. What was needed for the regimes to achieve that, is some form of consensus or subjugation by the civil society organizations, political parties, clergy, women organizations, workers movement…etc which participate in maintaining that hegemony.
Thanks to the information revolution which enabled the cry of the oppressed to reach more of the popular masses on a world scale, and in spite of the fact that most of the world media are controlled by the ruling classes, and a private sector whose large share is owned by Jewish/Zionist capitalists, some of the world media started recently transcending this “dark age”.
These developments emphasize the fact that a deep gap exists and continue to widen between the position of those regimes and that of the peoples towards Arab-Israeli conflict. While the ruling regimes were supporting the Israeli destruction of Gaza, the masses in those countries were protesting and supporting the Palestinian cause and struggle. That is a great change.
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As for the recent political developments in the Arab-Israeli conflict, let’s briefly examine the positions of ruling classes towards that conflict at the local, regional and international scales.
On the world scale,some people who were motivated by wishful thinking, imagined or expected that some palpable change will take place in the US foreign policy during the Obama administration a change that will eventually crystallize in some “good news” for Arabs and Palestinians.
Unfortunately, those analyses or estimations were never based on understanding the colonial interests of the US ruling class; rather they were based on the ability, and the personal charisma of the president, more than anything else. Not to mention the fact that the president himself would have never win the elections without the full support and “approval” of the capitalist elite in the US.
On the other hand, other analysts believe that US capitalism might voluntary or arbitrary change or modify its aggressive policy in the Arab region following the financial/economic plague which struck its economy and spread widely throughout the world. This mode of analysis lacks the correct understanding of the capitalist “thinking process” as well as business planning, on the one hand, and fails to grasp the fact that the world capitalist class is in crisis and is striving to maintain its global domination, particularly over the poor nations, despite of the internal competition among the national economies of the G20.
The Position of Core capitalist Regimes
The Jewish settlers’ barbaric aggression on Gaza was encouraged by the core capitalist countries. Even after ceasefire took place, France sent a military ship to prevent “smuggling” of weapons to the Gaza Strip. That same France had never stopped arming the settler state-Israel including donating to it the first nuclear reactor. The German Chancellor declared her full support to “Israel” despite the thousands of dead and wounded and total destruction inflicted upon the people of Gaza. The same goes for all western capitalist regimes. What is more fascist in the position of most of the world regimes is their participation in the siege of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza by preventing construction material as well as food and medicine supplies from entering Gaza. This siege led by the US new administration was designed by Zionist Ashkenazi Regime-Israel and enforced by the ruling Egyptian regime.
On the eve of the 61st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the new US president issues a rude and arrogant initiative as he ‘commands’ Arab and Islamic regimes to recognize ‘Israel’, i.e. to give up the Right of Return of nearly 7 million Palestinian refugees, in an exchange for a mini- Palestinian state in parts of the rest of Palestine. What a great present to Jewish settlers! There is no doubt that most of the world regimes are supporting this initiative, including those who rule Arab countries.
At the Regional Level
Most of the Arab people are ruled by Qutriyeh regimes which were arbitrarily imposed on Arab countries following the imperialist Sykes-Picot conspiracy agreement of 1916, which was designed by Britain and France with support of Czar Russia before the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. In the same period, the same imperialist planned and decided to occupy Palestine and “prepare” it for the incoming immigration waves of European Jewish settlers. My point here is that the godfather of both, the Arab Qutriyeh regimes and the Zionist Ashkenazi Regime-Israel (ZAR), is the very same core capitalist ruling classes. This might shed some light and facilitate the conceptualization of why those Arab regimes had never been really determined to fight the Jewish settler state. The recent developments brought some proofs that normalization and recognition of ZAR was the first one.
Arab comprador regimes had also “donated” to ZAR the so-called Arab Initiative which denies the Palestinian ROR in an exchange for a tiny Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank and Gaza. Israel, however, never accepted that offer which is still on the table since 2002. The panic that Arab rulers fall in is that they can’t withdraw their initiative because the only other remaining alternative is to cease their recognition of Israel and to support the resistance. In fact, for the dependent comprador regimes this is impossible to achieve since these regimes have decided for good to adopt a “peaceful strategy” against an enemy that will not accept peaceful initiatives and insists on attacking all countries in the region. Accordingly, the so-called “Peace as a Strategic Alternative” adapted by Arab regimes is, in fact, a strategy against popular resistance.
During the Israeli massacre in Gaza (December 2008-January 2009) which mobilized the entire Arab nation and peoples of the world against barbaric Zionists, some expected that Arab regimes might change their position and cancel their “cheap” and inferior initiative. The result was totally the opposite from those expectations. Many Arab regimes repeated their position during ZAR against Hezbollah of Lebanon, a position which supports Israeli aggression aiming to uproot the resistance movement.
The Arab rulers support for the enemy against the resistance movement bears many messages such as:
□ Those Arab regimes decided to stand totally opposite to the attitude, ambitions and interests of Arab nation.
□ Those regimes insist on maintaining their initiative to “buy” peace with Israel.
□ Those regimes had moved from being neutral in the Arab-Israeli struggle, to the opposite front.
This became clear when the Egyptian regime imposed total blockade on Gaza and arrested Hezbollah militants who were supporting Hamas in Gaza.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) plays a mutual dependent role, justifies and conspires with Arab regimes. One of the PA justifications for recognizing the Jewish state is that Arab regimes are no longer ready to fight against Israel. The Arab regimes, on the other hand, used the justification that states: we accept whatever Palestinians accept for themselves, i.e. the Oslo Accords. Both, Arab and Palestinian rulers never listen to the voice of their people.
The so-called international community is monopolized by the Quartet position that insists on exchanging the lifting of the blockade on Gaza with Hamas’ recognition of Israel. Arab regimes agree on the Quartet’s baseless justification and the PA did the same. The main justification of the PA is that the donors will never pay if Hamas did not recognize Israel.
Arabs, however, are not in need for the donors’ money. A tiny emirate like Dubai is able to pay for all economic and human costs of the Palestinians. However, there is a secret agreement between the PA and Arab rulers that the PA shouldn’t ask Arab rulers to so that because this will oblige them to challenge the US-Israeli position, a goal that is impossible to achieve taking their weakness and dependency in consideration.
Resistance is the Determining Factor
The best way to explain the unabridged gap between the position of Arab regimes and that of the people (the popular position) is to look at the positions of those two fronts towards Arab resistance in Lebanon, Iraq and especially Palestine.
While Arab comprador regimes failed to defend Arab land, Iraqi resistance is about to bring the US army on its knees in addition to the role it plays in deepening the US economic/financial crisis. Lebanese resistance movement defeated, in June 2000 and summer 2006, a highly equipped and well armed Israeli army.
The Palestinian resistance in Gaza made it impossible for the same army to defeat the city of Gaza or evict the population and occupy gas wells there.
The rise, persistence, continuity and victories of resistance led the Arab nation to a new situation of class re-ordering where:
□ The ruling classes uncover their alliance with the Zionist-imperialist camp.
□ The popular classes throughout the countries of the Arab Homeland stand behind the resistance.
The same division is taking place on a world scale. That is why anti-war and anti-globalization movement stand more and more in solidarity with the resistance movement, a fact that was not witnessed before.
 As a Palestinian, Arab and Socialist I dislike to use the term Jews or Jewish. The first time I found that it is not a problem to use this term is when I heard Shimon Peres in the end of 1980s as he “welcomed” Sheransky, a settler who was imported from the former Soviet Union. Peres introduced him to a people who accepted him at the Lodda Airport (after the occupation of Palestine it was re-named as Ben Gurion Airport), Peres said: Now we must call him by his Jewish name: Nathan. What obliged me to use the name now is Netanyahu new insistence on converting Palestine to be an exclusive pure Jewish state. If the racist insists on declaring his racism, why should we cover it for him!
 For the sake of avoiding being accused of conspiracy theory, I like to call those who expect a change in US policy a people of wishful thinking, rather that calling them “tools” that are used by US foreign policy.
  Qutri or Qutriyeh in Arabic is an adjective of qutr. In Arabic it means a country or a part of a county, a district, or province. However, in modern Arabic (political) discourse it signifies an area (such as Syria or Iraq) that was been artificially severed from the rest of the Arab Homeland as a result of occupation by European colonial powers (Britain and France) then divided into several states that are politically and geographically ‘independent’ and isolated from the collective of Arab countries. The term also refers to the underlying fragmentation of the Arab Homeland into aqtar (plural of qutor).
 The manipulation and repression here is that, the so-called International community, represented by the Quartet decide that the ZAR (Jewish state) is a legal state and they want the Palestinian people who is evicted from its Homeland by the Jewish settlers to recognize its catastrophe and gave up its ROR.