Saturday, 24 September 2011

Kudos Mr. Abbas‏, the "tragic hero": The “plucked chicken” is soaring into the sky. Give him a chance

"Will U.S., Israel give Abbas a chance? Thus asked Uri Avnery on Dec, 2004, "Abu Mazen represents the Fatah Old Guard, while his opponents represent the fighters of the first and second intifadas. But the real confrontation is between two world views and two grand strategies for the Palestinian national liberation struggle."

U.S., Israel gave Abbas the chance, supported him to smash opponents in his own Fatah party, but what was the outcome?

Hamas has won a surprise victory in January 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections. "Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said after a three-hour emergency meeting on Thursday that Israel would not negotiate with a Palestinian government including Hamas."  and Bush "hoped Mr Abbas would stay in power."

"The election results stunned U.S. and Israeli officials, who have repeatedly stated that they would not work with a Palestinian Authority that included Hamas, which both countries and the European Union have designated as a terrorist organization. In Washington, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that a party could not "have one foot in politics and the other in terror. Our position on Hamas has therefore not changed."

"CAN ABBAS be saved?" asked Uri Avnery on June 25, 2007. "I don't know." he answered, "Some of my Palestinian friends are in despair.

They grew up in Fateh, and Fateh is their home. They are secularists. They are nationalists. They definitely do not want a fanatical Islamic regime in their homeland.

But in the present conflict, their heart is with Hamas. Their mind is split. And that is not surprising.", he added

Again the U.S. and Israel gave Abbas the chance, because Abbas is a necessity for both,

"Abbas cannot be “eliminated” the usual way, as were [Hamas leader] Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and many other Palestinian leaders. In the case of Abbas, it is not even allowed to use the word “elimination” – an official term of the Israeli army, taken straight from the Mafia lexicon."

In the final analysis, Abbas is under the control of Usrael, they always have the carrot and the stick. THEYsupported him to smash Hamas in WB, launced brutal war on Besiged Gaza,
starved Gazans for electing Hamas.

What was the outcome?

Hear it from Uri. On September 14, 2009, Uri wrote, Barack Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas – All three of them – "are fighting for their political life. The three battles are quite different from each other, yet interconnected." The three battles are still ongoing and still interconnected.

The Palestinian UN bid: Abbas and the Domestic Front
"Behind the scene, there is a domestic political imperative behind Abbas decision. Yes, he wants to seek a statehood, but he is also planning his own political survival.
For many years, Abbas watched his popularity plummet among the Palestinian public. Many viewed him as a collaborator who only maintain Israel security. Netanyahu made things even harder, his refusal to renew the moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank has led to the final breakdown of the direct negotiations.
By opting to go outside the framework of the Oslo accord, Abbas would probably be able to regain his popularity among the Palestinians, snooker the Israelis and US and most importantly score a few points against Hamas....
he also understands the Palestinian psyche who will probably appreciate the small gains from the UN more than any achievement from any negotiated settlement....By seeking the UN bid, Abbas would enhance the image of a leader who want to create a state for his own people and is willing to defy the USA”the world superpower”to achieve his goal....Abbas is banking on two factors; the Arab uprising and the risk of Hamas take over the West bank...The UN bid is ideal for Abbas domestic needs. The UN may not offer the Palestinians full statehood, but would give Abbas a reasonable chance for political survival in the possible next year election and that is what probably matters most to him. As for a permanent solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, there appears to be no strategy except prayers!"
The the zionist hasbara outlets denouced the "deadly serious implications of Abbas’ U.N. campaign,"
"it has elements of farce. Abbas can’t claim to represent all of Palestine. Hamas, not the Palestinian Authority, rules in the Gaza Strip, and it has no interest in any settlement that recognizes the Jewish state. What’s more, Abbas’ election mandate ran out two years ago, and no new elections have been possible because of the Gaza-West Bank schism."
Obama's speech confirmed Uri Avnery's worries:  Obama on the wrong side of history and Egypt will change his live, you
Uri, rejoice, but the wise speech of yoyr "tragic hero" shall not stop the water rising slowly and silently behind the dam, until it burst, sweeping the illustion of possible peace with Zionism. 

Mahmoud Abbas and Barack Obama: "tragic hero" vs political prostitute

By Uri Avnery

24 September 2011

Uri Avnery compares Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s gamble in making a bid for Palestinian statehood at the United Nations – and thereby putting Palestine at the centre of world attention – with Barack Obama’s sheer unprincipled prostitution in the service of Israel – all for the sake of a second term as president.
”The Arab Spring may have been a last chance for the US to recover its standing in the Middle East. After some hesitation, Obama realized that...

“Now he has blown it, perhaps forever. No self-respecting Arab will forgive him for plunging his knife into the back of the helpless Palestinians. All the credit the US has tried to gain in the last months in the Arab and the wider Muslim world has been blown away with one puff.” (Uri Avnery)
A wonderful speech. A beautiful speech.

The language expressive and elegant. The arguments clear and convincing. The delivery flawless.

A work of art. The art of hypocrisy. Almost every statement in the passage concerning the Israeli-Palestinian issue was a lie. A blatant lie: the speaker knew it was a lie, and so did the audience.

It was Obama at his best, Obama at his worst.

Being a moral person, he must have felt the urge to vomit. Being a pragmatic person, he knew that he had to do it, if he wanted to be re-elected.

 Obama – selling America’s national interests for a second term

In essence, he sold the fundamental national interests of the United States of America for the chance of a second term.

Not very nice, but that’s politics, OK?

It may be superfluous – almost insulting to the reader – to point out the mendacious details of this rhetorical edifice.

Obama treated the two sides as if they were equal in strength – Israelis and Palestinians, Palestinians and Israelis.

But of the two, it is the Israelis – only they – who suffer and have suffered. Persecution. Exile. Holocaust. An Israeli child threatened by rockets. Surrounded by the hatred of Arab children. So sad.
Obama spewed out a “straight right-wing Israeli propaganda line, pure and simple – the terminology, the historical narrative, the argumentation. The music.”
No occupation. No settlements. No June 1967 borders. No Nakba. No Palestinian children killed or frightened. It’s the straight right-wing Israeli propaganda line, pure and simple – the terminology, the historical narrative, the argumentation. The music.

The Palestinians, of course, should have a state of their own. Sure, sure. But they must not be pushy. They must not embarrass the US. They must not come to the UN. They must sit with the Israelis, like reasonable people, and work it out with them. The reasonable sheep must sit down with the reasonable wolf and decide what to have for dinner. Foreigners should not interfere.

Obama gave full service. A lady who provides this kind of service generally gets paid in advance. Obama got paid immediately afterwards, within the hour. Netanyahu sat down with him in front of the cameras and gave him enough quotable professions of love and gratitude to last for several election campaigns.

Mahmoud Abbas – “a tragic hero”
The “plucked chicken” is soaring into the sky.
Not bad for a chicken, even for one with a full set of feathers
The tragic hero of this affair is Mahmoud Abbas. A tragic hero, but a hero nonetheless.

Many people may be surprised by this sudden emergence of Abbas as a daring player for high stakes, ready to confront the mighty US.

If Ariel Sharon were to wake up for a moment from his years-long coma, he would faint with amazement. It was he who called Mahmoud Abbas “a plucked chicken”.

Yet for the last few days, Abbas was the centre of global attention. World leaders conferred about how to handle him, senior diplomats were eager to convince him of this or that course of action, commentators were guessing what he would do next. His speech before the UN General Assembly was treated as an event of consequence.

Not bad for a chicken, even for one with a full set of feathers.
His emergence as a leader on the world stage is somewhat reminiscent of Anwar Sadat.

When Gamal Abd-al-Nasser unexpectedly died at the age of 52 in 1970 and his official deputy, Sadat, assumed his mantle, all political experts shrugged.

Sadat? Who the hell is that? He was considered a no-nentity, an eternal No. 2, one of the least important members of the group of “free officers” that was ruling Egypt.
“Sit, Anwar!”  
In Egypt, a land of jokes and jokers, witticisms about him abounded. One concerned the prominent brown mark on his forehead. The official version was that it was the result of much praying, hitting the ground with his forehead. But the real reason, it was told, was that at meetings, after everyone else had spoken, Sadat would get up and try to say something. Nasser would good-naturedly put his finger to his forehead, push him gently down and say: “Sit, Anwar!”  
Sit, Pharaoah
To the utter amazement of the experts – and especially the Israeli ones – this “non-entity” took a huge gamble by starting the 1973 October War, and proceeded to do something unprecedented in history: going to the capital of an enemy country still officially in a state of war and making peace.

Abbas’ status under Yasser Arafat was not unlike Sadat’s under Nasser. However, Arafat never appointed a deputy. Abbas was one of a group of four or five likely successors. The heir would surely have been Abu Jihad, had he not been killed by Israeli commandoes in front of his wife and children. Another likely candidate, Abu Iyad, was killed by Palestinian terrorists. Abu Mazen (Abbas) was in a way the choice by default.

Such politicians, emerging suddenly from under the shadow of a great leader, generally fall into one of two categories: the eternal frustrated No. 2 or the surprising new leader.

The Bible gives us examples of both kinds. The first was Rehoboam, the son and heir of the great King Solomon, who told his people: “my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions”. The other kind was represented by Joshua, the heir of Moses. He was no second Moses, but according to the story a great conqueror in his own right.

Modern history tells the sad story of Anthony Eden, the long-suffering No. 2 of Winston Churchill, who commanded little respect. (Mussolini called him, after their first meeting, “a well-tailored idiot”.). Upon assuming power, he tried desperately to equal Churchill and soon embroiled Britain in the 1956 Suez disaster. To the second category belonged Harry Truman, the nobody who succeeded the great Franklin Delano Roosevelt and surprised everybody as a resolute leader.

Putting Palestine at the centre of world attention
“Abbas has placed the quest for Palestinian freedom squarely on the international table. For more than a week, Palestine has been the centre of international attention.”
Abbas looked like belonging to the first kind. Now, suddenly, he is revealed as belonging to the second. The world is treating him with newfound respect. Nearing the end of his career, he made the big gamble.

But was it wise? Courageous, yes. Daring, yes. But wise?
My answer is: yes, it was.

Abbas has placed the quest for Palestinian freedom squarely on the international table. For more than a week, Palestine has been the centre of international attention. Scores of international statesmen – and women – including the leader of the world’s only superpower, have been busy with Palestine.
For a national movement, that is of the utmost importance. Cynics may ask: “So what did they gain from it?” But cynics are fools. A liberation movement gains from the very fact that the world pays attention, that the media grapple with the problem, that people of conscience all over the world are aroused. It strengthens morale at home and brings the struggle a step nearer its goal. [All to save his political career -UP]

Oppression shuns the limelight. Occupation, settlements, ethnic cleansing thrive in the shadows. It is the oppressed who need the light of day. Abbas’s move provided it, at least for the time being.
“Oppression shuns the limelight. Occupation, settlements, ethnic cleansing thrive in the shadows. It is the oppressed who need the light of day.”
Barack Obama’s miserable performance was a nail in the coffin of America’s status as a superpower. In a way, it was a crime against the United States.

The Arab Spring may have been a last chance for the US to recover its standing in the Middle East. After some hesitation, Obama realized that. He called on Mubarak to go, helped the Libya-ns against their tyrant, made some noises about Bashar al-Assad. He knows that he has to regain the respect of the Arab masses if he wants to recover some stature in the region, and by extension throughout the world. [SO, Its all about democracy!!! Its the bloody oil and "Shalom" for Israel, stupid]

Now he has blown it, perhaps forever. No self-respecting Arab will forgive him for plunging his knife into the back of the helpless Palestinians. All the credit the US has tried to gain in the last months in the Arab and the wider Muslim world has been blown away with one puff.

All for re-election.

It was also a crime against Israel.

[Why Uri??  here is the answer: A letter from a 1948 settler to 1967 settlers in Gaza ]

Israel needs peace. Israel needs to live side by side with the Palestinian people, within the Arab world. Israel cannot rely forever on the unconditional support of the declining United States.

Obama knows this full well. He knows what is good for Israel, even if Netanyahu doesn’t. Yet he has handed the keys of the car to the drunken driver.

The state of Palestine will come into being. This week it was already clear that this is unavoidable. Obama will be forgotten, as will Netanyahu, Lieberman and the whole bunch.

Mahmoud Abbas – Abu Mazen, as the Palestinians call him – will be remembered. The “plucked chicken” is soaring into the sky.

Kudos Mr. Abbas‏,

Thus commented Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

Dr. Mazin is vey exited with the "brilliant speech at the United Nations, getting rounds of applause from most of the representatives" 
I think it demonstrated clearly and unambiguously that the Palestinian leadership has been "unreasonably reasonable" and has instead seen the hopes of peace and of millions of Palestinians suffering for 63 years dashed on the rock of Israeli expansionist, colonial, and apartheid policies. He explained that Israel has been taking one unilateral action after another each resulting in more pain and suffering for our people. Going to the UN, he explained is putting things back where the problems started (he did not use the last two words but I do). He said a word that I think he should defend strongly that no person or country with an iota of logic or conscience should reject the Palestinian state membership in the UN or its formation in the 22% of historic Palestine that is the West Bank and Gaza. I think he took a courageous step and gave a good performance." 
Mazin is optimistic, Abbas would "now implement quickly the reconciliation agreement...would act quickly and decisively to really promote popular unarmed resistance throughout Palestine."  In other words, Hamas and resistance factions should willingly lay arms or othetwise.

"A new strategy to encourage real nonviolent resistance must be adopted"....Mazin is "waiting to see clear evidence of change; a new Palestinian Spring as Mr. Abbas called it." 

I am adraid, Mazin's "new strategy would end with a "new book": Sharing the "Land of Samira"

River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian


Fad said...

Abbas was not a plucked chicken
He is a palestinian in touigh situation like all Palestinians since 1948.
He is blocked with Israeli lies and quibbling and intransigence and his hands are stranded with the American full support of zionists
Lastly I have to praise Abbas high whatever I'm in disagreement with his old policies

Allah bless Palestinians

uprooted Palestinian said...

Fad, with full respect to your opinion, I totally disagree with it. Abbas was the Engineer of OSLO, that divided Palestinians, his bid shall lead to nowhere, and soon, very soon, the the flying plucked chicken, face iis fate, a kosher shawarma
Pleased to so read you
Welcome FAD

Fad said...

And I still against his previous policies my friend

I just have a dream that the current agitation in the Arab world may help in any way to put the Palestinian cause on proirities of international attention
'' UN vote might not go anywhere but it send the the world a message that Palestinian have lost all patience and nothing left but violent third Intifada''
I hate to see the world asleep for another decade

uprooted Palestinian said...

With full apreciation to intentions and dreams. Abbas said it tens of time, Negotiations is the only option, even if if fails, and faild, so the Statehood Bid is a Bid to Rescue Negotiations. He said. Palestinians refugee are waiting the UN to implement the Res 194 since 63 years, Lebanese waited 25 year the implementation of Res 425, the southeren Lebanon was liberated by force, not by UN. The UN noe is protecting Israel

Simon Bolivar said...

I agree with U.P relating to this, the United Nations with the support of the United States will continually act as a tool of international imperialism against Palestine. The UN does not have a 'duty' to affirm the right of return and self-determination for Palestinians whose land has been occupied, instead it's quite the opposite, they will continually attempt to legitimize and affirm the right of occupation for the Zionists due to Western foreign policy interest in the region. Palestinians cannot afford to abandon the struggle, if Palestinians don't continue the revolutionary struggle through armed means they will lose their voice, Palestinians need to continue struggling in order to liberate their land from the Zionists, they don't need to wait down for a hand down from a legitimized occupation for a tiny bit of autonomy, they need to push forward the revolution in any form possible, and one of these forms is the armed struggle. The armed struggle calls for while the occupation and it's crimes continues, armed activity. Through armed activity the Zionists and the world will see that Palestinians are not willing to just roll over and accept the occupation, instead they're being shown that Palestinians are willing to continue their resistance at any cost in order to liberate both man and land. The only negotiations that will be possible are those with the armed struggle in mind. I myself fear if Fatah is going to continue to betray their duties towards the armed struggle and betray their armed comrades not only in Fatah but the PLO (Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades-PFLP and others) they're going to lose their relevance sooner or later, maybe even to Hamas. Which would honestly be a shame, as the PLO needs to affirm the secular and working class nature of the struggle of Palestine.

Fad said...

I understand that armed resistance is the only effective weapon that makes zionists 'who are not serious over negotiation' reconsider statehood as solution
But the world has been brainwashed by the likes of Merdoch's media and other zionist media that comprises 96% of world media .
They all are decieving world audience by chanting ''terror- terror'' to smear the legitimate resistance and deny the right of the occupied to resist his occupier

Force is the only language working with zionists , but resistance should be accompanied with other activities through good media and deplomacy to confront the buzzing zionist Hasbara and refute their screaming lies

Simon Bolivar said...

The propaganda us that buzzes around Hasbara only draws a line between the social, ideological, armed and justified struggle that the Palestinian national liberation movement is. If Hasbara is going mad with the screams of Zionist politic, we know that the Palestinian national liberation struggle is capable of doing this to the Zionist state. From there on Palestinian national liberators must make their statements, in order to show the world the path of the Palestinian struggle in order to furtherly draw a line between the revolutionaries and the Zionists.

Fad said...

I agree on the same points
I am adding that I have some optimism over apparant change in mainstream trend worldwide because many people have woken up and got out of the capture of zionist propaganda

An American friend named Isabella became an activist in the favour of Palestinian after her trip to the West Bank. Now she is sponsering a school for disabled Palestinian kids
After watching the crimes of racist settlers on the ground she realized that she was deluded by fake hasbara created by the brutal zionists

uprooted Palestinian said...

Fad, thanks to resistance and the people of Gaza, to their blood that defeated the sword, turned Gaza into a focal point,turned the hasbara Magic against the zionist magicians, turned the trend and tide, in favour of Palestine. Abbas's bid is short lived, and shall not change the course, we shall never forget that his hands are soaked with our blood.

Fad said...

My love and appreciation to every kid and woman and man in Gaza , they survived horible catastrophes inflicted on them by the occupiers and by fellow muslems especially the imprisoned traitor Mubarrak though they didn't complain but to Allah