There Will Be No Peace Without Justice- by Robert Fisk
So, the Palestinians will end their occupation of Israel. No
more will Palestinian tanks smash their way into Haifa and
Tel Aviv. No more will Palestinian F-18s bomb Israeli
population centers. No more will Palestinian Apache
helicopters carry out "targeted killings" - i.e. murders -
of Israeli military leaders.
The Palestinians have promised to end all "acts of violence"
against Israelis while Israel has promised to end all
"military activity" against Palestinians. So that's it,
then. Peace in our time.
A Martian - even a well-educated Martian - would have
gathered that this was the message, supposing he dropped
in on the fantasy world of Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday. The
Palestinians had been committing "violence", the Israelis
carrying out "innocent" operations. Palestinian "violence"
or "terror and violence" - the latter a more popular phrase
since it carried the stigma of 11 September 2001 - was now
at an end. Mahmoud Abbas - who told a close Lebanese friend
this year that he wore a suit and tie so that he would look
"different" to Yasser Arafat - went along with all this.
Just which people were occupying the homes of which other
people remained a mystery.
Silver-haired and wisdom-burdened, Mahmoud Abbas looked the
part. We had to forget that it was this same Abbas who wrote
the Oslo Accords, who in 1,000 pages failed to use - even
once - the word "occupation", and who talked not of Israeli
"withdrawal" from Palestinian territory, but of