Peace on another planet
Posted by aogTuesday, 21 October 2003 at 20:33 TrackBack Ping URL
Melanie Phillips rakes Amos Oz over the coals for his bizarre “Geneva Accords”, which result from a process he describes The Guardian
After two years of secret talks, a group of prominent Israeli leftists and Palestinian leaders this week unveiled what they claim is a blueprint for Middle-Eastern peace. Israeli novelist Amos Oz, who was one of them, explains how the negotiators finally tackled the ‘radioactive core’ of the conflict […]
After two years of intense negotiating that leads to a document that doesn’t mention the “right of return”, Oz notices that
As far as I am aware, we have never heard from any representative Palestinian actor the words “the Jewish people,” and we have certainly not heard any word of recognition of the Jewish people’s national right to establish an independent state in the Land of Israel.
Let me see if I have this right. Oz doesn’t seem any fundamental problem with the fact that after two years of negotiating a “peace” plan, the other side not once conceded the most essential item in the plan, the continued existence of Israel? Oz demonstrates just what a different world he lives in when he says
The problem of the 1948 refugees, which is really the heart of our national security predicament, is resolved comprehensively, completely, and absolutely outside the borders of the State of Israel and with broad international assistance
The current Palestinian refugee camps are the most lavishly funded in the history of the world. The result was them still being around over fifty years later. An observer of actual facts might note that funding seems to correlate inversely with the longevity of refugee camps. But we can Oz isn’t real big on the “fact” thing when he claims
we Israelis could have long ago lived in peace and security had we offered the Palestinian people in 1967 what this document offers them now. Had we not been inebriated with victory after the conquests of the Six Day War.
Oz has apparently forgotten that there weren’t any Palestinians in 1967. They were Egyptians, or Jordanians, or Syrians. There was no “Palestinian Authority” to turn the conquests over to. In fact both Egypt and Jordan abandoned the territory rather than negotiate with Israel (or, because they flat out didn’t want the territory if it came with pre-installed Palestinians). One is also left to wonder, if Oz is correct, why was there a war in 1967? If the situation was such that an offer of the 1949 borders was acceptable, what was the war about?

I was originally just going to post this as a clipping but every time I read a bit more of it I saw some other glaring delusion. I didn’t get all of them - see if you can find any more.

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Defenestrator Wednesday, 22 October 2003 at 18:49

Here’s the official UN statistics and demographics of the Palestinian refugee camps.

http://www.un.org/unrwa/publications/pdf/figures.pdf

From a camp population of 300,000 in 1953 to 1.2 million in 2002, the current growth rate for refugees recieving aid from the UN was 3.1% in 2000. The latter, thankfully, is an improvement over the 4.9% growth rate recorded for 1995.

The problem of resettlement just keeps getting more and more difficult.

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