By Ted Belman
David Samuels, who wrote “In a Ruined Country”, the definitive article on Yasser Arafat in The Atlantic in 2005, and a stunning article last year in The Jewish Press entitled “The Silence of the Lambs”, has now written another essential article in the February 13 issue of The New Republic entitled “The Father of Palestine”, dealing with Pres Bush’s attempt to birth Palestine.
Before sharing with you some key paragraphs in this very profound article, I would like to comment on the central idea driving the peace process from the point of view of the Government of Israel. It is to arrive at a Declaration of Principles which is really a negotiated separation as opposed to a “unilateral” disengagement. It tells us, it will only be a “shelf agreement” but the reality is that it will cast a giant shadow on all Israeli policies. Israel will have received a “recognized border” that is given the stamp of approval by the western world and Abbas on behalf of the Palestinians. Then Israel will proceed to implement it as she see fit. Thus all settlements east of the agreed border will no longer get any government support and all Israelis living there will be offered compensation to return to the west side. I am confident that this D of P will not include the final agreement on Jerusalem, other than a commitment to solve Jerusalem in ten years, nor will it include an end to the “right of return”. This issue will be fudged. The name of the game is separation, negotiated or otherwise.