lørdag, oktober 31, 2015

Baruch Kimmerling om Camp David-forhandlingerne

Baraks "generøse tilbud" til palæstinenserne under Camp David-forhandlingerne i 2000 var mindre værd end de sydafrikanske bantustaner under Apartheid-regimet, skrev den velkendte (og afdøde) israelske sociolog Baruch Kimmerling i et anbefalelsesværdigt review:
"The Israeli proposal, as transmitted to Clinton, was quite detailed. On territory, the Palestinians were to be offered 80:20—that is, 80 per cent of the West Bank and Gaza Strip would be under the control and sovereignty of the Palestinian state; 20 per cent would be annexed to Israel,including seven settlement blocs which comprised around 80 per cent of the Jewish settler population; a viaduct would be built to link the Gaza Strip and West Bank. [...] It should be recalled that the Palestinians, from their perspective, had already made the ultimate concession, and thus were without bargaining chips. In the Oslo agreements, they had recognized Israel’s right to exist in 78 per cent of historical Palestine in the hope that, following the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan—and on the basis of the Arab interpretation of UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338, which call for withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967—they might recover the remainder, with minor border adjustments. Yet—although later there was a certain slackening of Israeli demands—talk continued concerning annexation of another 12 per cent or so of the West Bank in order to create three settlement blocs, thus dividing the Palestinian state into separate cantons, with the connexions between them very problematic. The Palestinians called the portions allotted to them bantustans; but the original enclaves created by the Afrikaners for South African blacks were far better endowed than those of Barak’s ‘generous’ proposal." (Min fremhævning)
Baruch Kimmerling: From Barak to the Roadmap, New Left Review 23, September-October 2003

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