“State of Palestine ”
Is that what they want to call themselves?
On what/whose advice have Löfven & Wallström gone ahead, post-haste ahead of everyone else in Western Europe, to declare, deliver like a midwife, the birth of a state of Palestine? Who are Löfven & Wallström’s disciples?
Should we all clap our hands, stamp our feet, sing and dance, Bon vent that it’s a step in the right direction – or- could it possibly be counter-productive?
There is no doubt some symbolic and emotional value in the recognition although no one has ever said that the Palestinians are not human beings, so it’s not like the erstwhile recognition of e.g. black people as human beings, at a time when some white people did not know that black folks like Adam were created in the image and likeness of Almighty God and have souls too…
The immediate effect of Sweden’s impetuous recognition which was not even preceded by a parliamentary debate – a recognition which is by Mr Löfven’s decree alone as Mr-He-Who-Decides-Everything:
1. Israel recalls Isaac Bachman their ambassador to Sweden.
In diplomatic jargon it’s usually ”for consultations” and in this case it’s clearly displeasure – great annoyance with Sweden, as expressed by Mr Ambassador in this interview @10.17 minutes into this news programme shortly before he was recalled back home, although at least (from my point of view) Sweden-Israel relations can take a temporary back seat if need be (whilst business goes on as usual) because what’s more important at the moment and several moments ahead, is the future of the Palestinian people which Sweden is infinitely less able to influence than Israel is able to influence. In fact if anyone at all, any outsider is able to exert some meaningful influence , it’s power-broker United States of America and not Sweden who can’t even find a little foreign submarine playing games with Sweden, lurking in Swedish territorial waters – and it cannot be said that looking for whatever submarine it was – was like looking for a needle in a haystack or a sardine in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, or that finding and arresting the captain of that submarine was like what we find in these lines from Derek Walcott
the seven-foot-high bum boatman
loose, lank and gangling as a frayed cheroot,
once asked to see a ship’s captain, and refused,
with infinite courtesy bending, inquired
“ So what the hell is your captain?
A fucking microbe? “
( from Another Life)
I saw Margot Wallström on Swedish TV and on al Jazeera and also read her article in yesterday’s DN, in which she gives the reasons for her and her boss Stefan Löfven taking on the mantle of European and world leadership in Middle East Affairs and what I saw and read was innocence and naivety stamped all over them.
Does she (mother moon) and he (Father earth) realise that Hamas who were recently at war with Israel, that this Hamas which is the main partner in the Mahmoud Abbas’ so called Palestinian unity government is recognised by the EU community as a Terrorist Organisation
and the implications thereof?
Here’s a big question which Löfven & Wallström should try to answer honestly: Do you think that announcing to the world, that you “recognise” the “state of Palestine” will bring the two sides to the negotiating table to settle the issues that need to be settled and must be settled before there can ever be a state of Palestine (with no terror tunnels) living side by side in peace and tranquillity with Israel ?
If yes, why do you think so?
And what if your “recognition” does not bring the two sides to the negotiating table, what then are you going to do about it, kick out all the so called settlers from Judea and Samaria, the so called West Bank? Lead the world in calling for sanctions against Israel, academic boycotts, divestment, invasion ?
I believe that the terrorist elements in the Palestinian struggle for self-determination now find more comfort, confirmation and encouragement/ support through the current Swedish government’s recognition and that now, much more than before, they believe that the way of Jihad (as in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, everywhere in Islam) is the alternative to negotiations and that Swedish recognition at this stage is a recognition of the justness of their cause – that Jihad will therefore be the method of achieving full recognition and respect by all. Therefore, as a result of this psychological boost by e.g. Swedish recognition, we are likely to see even more violence than before, that the so called West Bank could soon be going the way of Hamas in Gaza – to provoke Israel to hit hard and by being hit hard and suffering civilian casualties etc., to thereby win the sympathy of the world audience. But will that lead to statehood?
What still puzzles me is why the Palestinian negotiators still insist on the cessation of Israeli building construction as a condition for coming whole-heartedly to the negotiating table. They have been insisting on this for very many years now, and if they had gone to the negotiating table without such preconditions they would have arrived at a settlement with Israeli negotiators about almost all of their problems (apart from the right of return, Jerusalem) a very long time ago.
Conclusion: the earlier they go to the negotiating table without any preconditions, the better…or they can continue to see more Swedish recognitions, more population growth more buildings going up and go on waiting for the last building to be built before they start getting serious about beginning negotiations?
Or for their prophet Isa (Jesus of the Galilee) to come back, landing on the rooftop of the main mosque in Damascus at noon, and see what happens after he leads the Muslims in prayer there ( according to Islamic eschatology
This Sabbath’s Portion : Lech-Lecha about the world’s first Jew.
Shabbat Shalom everybody!