Mideast Peace Is Buried
By Eric Margolis
March 21, 2015 "ICH"
The US media is full of stories about how
the Obama administration is going to punish
Israel for re-electing Bibi Netanyahu in an
election marked by demagoguery and arrant
The New York Times EVEN warns President
Barack Obama may back a series of UN
resolutions demanding that Israel withdraw
to its narrow 1967 borders and there create
a viable Palestinian state.
Hardly. “King Bibi’s” re-election makes
Israel virtually unassailable and master of
all its surveys.
Who is going to force Israel to follow this
sensible, two-state solution to the misery
of the Palestinian people? Obama could not
even stop Netanyahu from coming to
Washington and humiliating him before
Congress. Is Obama going to force Israel and
its 650,000 armed settlers out of the West
Not so long as Israel and its American
advocates control both the Congress, the
Republican and Democratic parties – and
Hillary Clinton. The late Israeli PM Ariel
Sharon reportedly said to an aide concerned
about a negative US response, “don’t worry
about the US, I control the US.”
Israel’s partisans hold important influence
over France’s government and ruling
Socialist Party. France secretly supplied
Israel with nuclear weapons capability in
Both Britain’s parties are similarly
beholden to pro-Israel donors. Germany
remains very timid in foreign policy and
does pretty much what Israel demands, even
supplying Israel with submarines to carry
nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.
Russia’s Vlad Putin is quite pro-Israel and
never forgets there are one million former
Russians now living in Israel. China has
wisely stayed out of the Arab-Israeli
dispute. So short of the US, no power can
force Israel out of its annexed lands.
Most Israelis will be happy with the
electoral outcome. Poll show some 75% of
Israelis oppose creation of a Palestinian
state and don’t want to live near Arabs,
whom many calls “Wild animals.” Their mood
is somewhere to the right of white South
Africans during the apartheid era. Israel’s
center-left, led by Ashkenazi European Jews
has been shattered. Mideastern Jews and
Russian emigrants now call the shots.
Israelis moan and groan a lot about their
economic woes but in fact their per capita
income, boosted by over $3 billion in annual
US aid, is higher than Italy’s and close to
that of Western Europe. Israel’s military
and high tech industries are by now world
Israel’s mighty military could conquer the
central Mideast, including Egypt and Saudi
Arabia, in a week. With over 200 nuclear
weapons – why so many one wonders – Israel
is unassailable. Saudi Arabia, Jordan,
Morocco, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates
are tacit allies. Israel controls the flow
of the US aid that keeps Egypt from starving
thanks to its hammerlock on Congress.
So who will push Israel back to its 1967
borders? Not al-Qaida which has only a few
hundred active members. Not the Islamic
State gang of thugs which excels at online
PR and fighting inept Arab forces. Not an EU
boycott: Israel values the conquered West
Bank – and don’t forget strategic Golan –
more than shipping tomatoes to Europe. Not
Iran, which is militarily decrepit and
unable to project power – and which has no
nuclear weapons or the means to deliver
The Arab world had only three significant
military powers: Egypt, Syria and Iraq.
Egypt has been bought off and has become the
first real Arab neo-fascist state. Syria and
Iraq lie in ruins thanks to US intervention.
The dream of the 1920’s Zionist theoretician
Vladimir Jabotinsky – the guiding light of
the Netanyahu family – is coming true: a few
heavy blows to the brittle mosaic of the
Arab world will bring down its regimes and
open the way to Greater Israel.
No wonder Israel’s founding father, David
Ben Gurion, refused to define his new
nation’s eastern borders. War hero Moshe
Dayan asserted it was not his generation’s
right to define these borders – but up to
The recent discovery of huge underwater gas
and oil fields between Israel/Palestine and
Cyprus are a bonanza for Israel, which will
shortly become a net energy exporter. Secret
deals between Israel and the Kurds are
bringing more oil to the Mediterranean coast
As for the Palestinians, they don’t seem to
have much hope. Chances for even a rickety,
feeble Bantustan state on the West Bank are
gone. Netanyahu declared no Palestinian
state at the end of the elections race. He
will, of course, continue flirting with the
US and EU over this worn-out question,
making small tactical concessions to allow
his western allies to continue going along
with the charade that “peace talks” are
still alive. They are not and have not been
for a decade. It just suits the western
powers to continue this deceitful game while
Israel relentlessly annexes the Occupied
Palestinians will do well to be rid of their
aged, useless puppet leader, Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas, locked up in Gaza by Israel and
Egypt, will be the real Palestinian voice.
Many of them will think of emigrating from
Palestine, which is just what Israel wants
as it continues to bulldoze and cement over
the West Bank. Occupied Golan, from which
230,000 Syrians were ethnically cleansed
after 1967, will be forgotten, becoming part
of Greater Israel.
Israelis have shown they don’t want to be
part of the neighboring Arab world, any more
than many white South Africans wanted to
join black Africa. They want to stand alone
behind their high walls, their restive Arab
populations locked away in tribal
reservations. Israel has the land, the water
and now the energy, and intends to keep them
And why not. Israel and King Bibi now hold
all the high cards.
Eric S. Margolis is an
award-winning, internationally syndicated
columnist. His articles have appeared in the
New York Times, the International Herald
Tribune the Los Angeles Times, Times of
London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times,
Nation – Pakistan, Hurriyet, – Turkey, Sun
Times Malaysia and other news sites in Asia.
Copyright Eric S. Margolis 2015
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