Noam Chomsky: Israel’s West Bank plans will leave Palestinians very little

Source: CNN

Editor’s note: Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Among his recent books are Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Power Systems, Occupy, and Hopes and Prospects. His web site is www.chomsky.info.

(CNN) — The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks beginning in Jerusalem proceed within a framework of assumptions that merit careful thought.

One prevailing assumption is that there are two options: either a two-state settlement will be reached, or there will be a “shift to a nearly inevitable outcome of the one remaining reality — a state ‘from the sea to the river’,” an outcome posing “an immediate existential threat of the erasure of the identity of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state” because of what is termed “the demographic problem,” a future Palestinian majority in the single state.

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

This particular formulation is by former Israeli Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yuval Diskin, but the basic assumptions are near universal in political commentary and scholarship. They are, however, crucially incomplete. There is a third option, the most realistic one: Israel will carry forward its current policies with full U.S. economic, military, and diplomatic support, sprinkled with some mild phrases of disapproval.

The policies are quite clear. Their roots go back to the 1967 war and they have been pursued with particular dedication since the Oslo Accords of September 1993.

The Accords determined that Gaza and the West Bank are an indivisible territorial entity. Israel and the U.S. moved at once to separate them, which means that any autonomy Palestinians might gain in the West Bank will have no direct access to the outside world.

A second step was to carry forward the creation of a vastly expanded Greater Jerusalem, incorporating it within Israel, as its capital. This is in direct violation of Security Council orders and is a serious blow to any hope for a viable Palestinian entity. A corridor to the east of the new Greater Jerusalem incorporates the settler town of Ma’aleh Adumim, established in the 1970s but built primarily after the Oslo Accords, virtually bisecting the West Bank.

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  1. I wrote in the Israeli newspaper that my personal opinion would be that a Palestinian state is no longer feasible and it would be better for the Palestinians to work towards a one state, of course with equal rights for all.

    One Israeli replied:

    “fromisrael55 • 20 hours ago

    why no viable?
    West Bank + Jordan is much bigger than Israel, and everybody knows the moment they get West Bank, Arab spring will begin in Jordan where they are 85%.”

    Interesting. Why should ‘Arab Spring start in Jordan’? How does the Israeli know? May be because he knows how Israel ‘helped along’ the ‘Arab Spring’ with MOSSAD agents in Homs, Syria? (among other places).

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