Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Shame on us
In an interview with Ha'aretz, which will be published in full on Friday, Dov Weisglass, senior advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said the following:
The significance of the disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process. And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem.While the information does not come as much of a suprise (let's face it), the shock is the ability of a top aid to Sharon being able to come out and say this in the open. While Israelis on the left are furious, I doubt there will be any outcry from the US. Maybe a statement from the State Department that we still believe in the road map. But Weisglass is essentially correct in stating that this comes not just with "a presidential blessing" but also with "the ratification of both houses of Congress." Neither party presses for a resumption of the peace process. You could hear that in the Vice Presidential debate last night. You can see it in the ridiculously one-sided resolutions passed by the House and the Senate which are passed for no other reason that to express their encouragement of Israel's abandonment of negotiations and involvement with the Palestinians. Shame on us for letting this happen. More from Weisglass:
Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda. And all this with authority and permission. All with a presidential blessing and the ratification of both houses of Congress.
The disengagement is actually formaldehyde. It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.
That is exactly what happened. You know, the term `peace process' is a bundle of concepts and commitments. The peace process is the establishment of a Palestinian state with all the security risks that entails. The peace process is the evacuation of settlements, it's the return of refugees, it's the partition of Jerusalem. And all that has now been frozen.... what I effectively agreed to with the Americans was that part of the settlements would not be dealt with at all, and the rest will not be dealt with until the Palestinians turn into Finns. That is the significance of what we did.