On Politics and a Request: What is going on in the world today is serious transformation and transfiguration of power relationships from a unipolar to a multipolar world and from power centered in the north to that centered in the southern hemisphere.
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
The height of power of the unipolar world was in 1989-1991. Since then, things have been changing and unless we establish a world based on justice and human rights, the US/Israel axis will lose big. Let me again remind you that our choices are 1) a livable world based on justice and human rights, 2) a dead-end world based on might is right, 3) there is no other choice.
The Israeli leadership of Netanyahu tried to reassert Israel’s “might is right” impunity by attacking a group of Hizbollah fighters deep inside Syrian territory (Israel also illegally occupies the Syrian Golan heights). Ten days later and on January 28, Hizbollah resistance struck back at Israeli soldiers inside the illegally occupied Shebaa Farms (Lebanese territory occupied by Israel illegally since 1967). This operation buried the notion that Israel can attack anywhere and everywhere with impunity.
In other world news, an employee of a US subsidiary of Israeli defense company Elbit Systems was apparently killed (“suicided” by falling off of his hotel room) in Saudi Arabia. His family says it has to do with the complicated business of Israeli weapons being sold to Saudi Arabia! That country had a shake-up recently with the new king even more allied with Israel and the US and he removed a number of officials who were “only” 90-95% pro-Israel.
We also had more Snowden leaks about US and Israeli “intelligence” cooperation including in extrajudicial assassination of Imad Mughniyeh and also Iranian scientists. The Jewish State of Israel in the Levant (JSIL) apparently also convinced US intelligence to identify Palestinian resistance (that presumably includes everything from Hamas to nonviolent popular committees in Nebi Saleh etc), Hizbollah, Iran, and Syria as joint enemies (hay perhaps that should give us a hint!).
But then again even Egypt today is more pro-Israel than ever before (an Egyptian court ruled that Hamas military wing is a terrorist organization and Egyptian government enforces the Israeli siege on Gaza that is killing civilians every week). And the US government budget of nearly $4 trillion will add $0.5 trillion to the exploding US national debt which will ensure the US gets bankrupt soon (unless they devalue the dollar and thus default on much of this obligation). The US will become soon a third world power and Zionists are already looking to move on to China and India (as they did when they moved from Britain to the USA).
Huge changes are unfolding here in Palestine, the epicenter of much of the conflict in Western Asia and North Africa. Zionists push their luck by pressuring the moderates within the PLO who were always ready to have a two-state solution. The two-state solution was never alive but if it was then it was also killed by the Israeli settlement enterprise (650,000 Jewish settlers now live in the Palestinian areas of the West Bank).
The upcoming Israeli elections are of “who is most fascist”. Zionists are intent on pushing further by stealing more natural resources, stealing Palestinian taxes, daily killing civilians, and even using their hegemony in the US to get judges there to rule to give them money for being victims of “terrorism”.
Of course, the real victims of terror (millions of Palestinians) are not allowed to get any compensation. The Oslo process tied the hands of Palestinian officials. Some want to change now and when there is a will, there is a way.
But what would YOU advise us Palestinian leaders to do? I am genuinely curious as to how many of my readers have constructive advice based on what they know of geostrategic structures, capabilities etc. I will keep your advice confidential (unless you tell me otherwise) but summarize all responses received (I suspect >100) and share them with receptive Palestinian authority figures.
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