June 2009; The Israeli Prime Minister proposes «demilitarized Palestine». His statement could trigger a new violent intifada, than the final deception of a lasting peace.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on Palestinian leaders to restart Middle East peace negotiations without preconditions. For the first time the Israeli PM in principle accepted the word «a Palestinian state».
Netanyahu said he would accept a demilitarized Palestinian state, if the international community can guarantee that it not have any military capabilities.
Source: The Israeli dailes Haaretz and Jerusalem Post.
By demanding that a new «Palestinian state» has to be a demilitarized state, Netanyahu opened up a new Pandora box.
First: He smoked out the fox. If the «Palestinians» really have used violence in the past to get a chance to live in peace, this would be the perfect solution. Different PA spokesmen immediately reacted with promising more violence:
They warned that Netanyahu’s policies would trigger a new intifada.
«Netanyahu’s remarks won’t lead to a just and comprehensive peace based on United Nations resolutions», Abu Rudaineh added.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior PLO official closely associated with Abbas, launched a scathing attack on Netanyahu, calling him a «swindler and liar».
Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat called on the Arab countries to suspend the Arab peace initiative in protest against Netanyahu’s statements.
Second: Netanyahu gave Obama the chance of soon to become the «great man of peace», by giving Israel the assurance that the «International community will guaranty that a new Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria wil be demilitarized». When Obama gives such assurance, Netanyahu can no longer move back from his own proposal.
Third: The concept of «demilitarized states» have never worked. Its an illusion. Netanyahu is playing a risky game with the state of Israel and the Jewish people.
Examples of «demilitarized states»:
The demilitarized zone of South Lebanon:
The United Nation Resolution 1701 of 12th of August 2006, demands that Hizbullah was to be disarmed. There should be No paramilitary forces, including (and implying) Hezbollah, south of the Litani River. Today, there are more rockets launchers in this area than before the Second Lebanon war.
The Rhineland Crisis:
On March 7, 1936 a small contingent of German troops, increased considerably in number in the following days, marched into the Rhineland demilitarized zone bordering France.
Hitler’s excuse (as if he needed one) was the ratification one month earlier of a mutual assistance pact between France and Russia that he chose to regard as directed against Germany.
Though the demilitarized zone was German territory, the Treaty of Versailles (Arts. 42, 43) had decreed that no troops or fortifications were ever to be placed there–as a permanent guarantee of French security.
The International community who had guaranteed France security, did nothing to stop Hitler.
The Andalusian nationalism:
The anarchists in Spain founded an Independent Andalusian state in Spain in 1918. They were tired of war, and wanted to build a peaceful utopia. The state was supposed to have no army. People should rather put flowers in the pipes of their guns.
A good ide. However the start of the Civil War in July and the assassination of Blas Infante by Franco’s rebels in August of the same year put an end to the autonomist project for Andalusia.
Blas Infante was among numerous political figures who were summarily executed by Franco’s forces when they took over Seville at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.
First published 15.06.2009.
Written by Ivar