by Paul Rogers
A major new war has begun in the Middle East. But the Islamic State movement is prepared, and the precedents are bleak.
In een tijd van mediaconcentratie, embedded journalism en politieke spin probeert 'Geopolitiek in perspectief' met beknopte teksten een onafhankelijk beeld te schetsen van de veranderende machtsverhoudingen in de wereld en de gebieden waar de strijd om de macht zich manifesteert. De blog, die open staat voor bijdragen van gastauteurs, besteedt speciale aandacht aan brandhaard Midden-Oosten en de bijzondere relatie Israël-VS.
…In fact, our relation to those who are second-class citizens of Israel is inextricably bound up with our relation to those who live in immense distress at the bottom of the chain of the Zionist rescue operation. That oppressed population, which has lived under the occupation for close to 50 years, deprived of political and civil rights, on land that the “state of the Jews” considers its own, remains abandoned and ignored by international politics. I recognise today that my dream of an end to the occupation and the creation of a confederation between two republics, Israeli and Palestinian, was a chimera that underestimated the balance of forces between the two parties.
Increasingly it appears to be already too late; all seems already lost, and any serious approach to a political solution is deadlocked. Israel has grown used to this, and is unable to rid itself of its colonial domination over another people. The world outside, unfortunately, does not do what is needed either. Its remorse and bad conscience prevent it from convincing Israel to withdraw to the 1948 frontiers. Nor is Israel ready to annex the occupied territories officially, as it would then have to grant equal citizenship to the occupied population and, by that fact alone, transform itself into a binational state. It’s rather like the mythological serpent that swallowed too big a victim, but prefers to choke rather than to abandon it…
Shlomo Sand, professor of history at Tel Aviv University