New Year, New Hope?

With the dawn of a New Year is there any reason to hope that it will see real progress on ending the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel and stopping the countdown to catastrophe for all?

I can see only one reason. It’s in the fact that the Zionist state has become its own worst enemy. (Some will say thank goodness for that because with the Arab regimes as enemies, Israel doesn’t need friends!)

It has long been my view that Israel is its own worst enemy, but as we say goodbye and good riddance to 2009, it’s obvious that more and more so-called ordinary people of the world are becoming outraged by the Zionist state’s arrogance of power, its contempt for international law and, most of all, its brutal repression of the Palestinians.

When governments are complicit in Zionism’s crimes (more by default than design I say because they are terrified of offending Zionism too much), does it really matter what the peoples of the world think?

Yes, it does, but it’s really a question of numbers. In the Western world, governments are not going to change their approach to Israel until enough of their citizens, the voters, insist that they do.

When friends tell me I am naïve for believing that government policy could be changed by manifestations of people power, they rest their case on what happened in the UK when, under the leadership of the deluded Tony Blair, it was preparing to go to war in Iraq with the moronic “Dubya” Bush’s America.

Up to two million citizens of all faiths and none and all classes demonstrated against the idea of war. Blair and his government ignored them.

That’s true but it’s not the whole story. We now know from the accounts of some of Blair’s ministers at the time that the demonstration caused his government to “wobble”.

The conclusion that invites is surely this. If three or better still four million people had demonstrated against the war, Blair would have been obliged to say to Bush, “Sorry, George, I can’t do it.”

It really is a question of numbers.

The more we citizens become politically engaged in the struggle for justice for the Palestinians, the less our governments will be able to dance to Zionism’s tune.

Alan Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and globally as a researcher, author, and a correspondent for ITN and the BBC. Read other articles by Alan, or visit Alan's website.

4 comments on this article so far ...

Comments RSS feed

  1. Ismail Zayid said on January 1st, 2010 at 11:56am #

    I think Alan Hart is an optimist in thinking that the new year may resolve the Palestine/ Israel conflict. He knows more than most of us that the Zionsit progam is determined to continue its repressive policies against the Palestinians with continuing theft of their land and gradual ethnic cleansing. He is perfectly right in summing it up by stating that with enemies like the Arab regimes, Israel doesn’t need friends. However, its Western government friends are not willing or able to stop their unquestioning support for Israel, regardless of the crimes it is committing against the defenceless Palestinian people.

  2. Rehmat said on January 2nd, 2010 at 6:51pm #

    Unless the majority of Jewish population in North America distance itself from the Zionist regime – it would be naive to expect that Washington or Ottawa would have the guts to stand against the Zionazi thugs occupying Palestine. But, it seems that the young generation of Jews are realizing the evilness of the Zionist regime and their criticism of Israel is in the air which scares the hell out of Jewish lobbying groups in the US and Canada. This is one of the reason that they want to divert the attention of people away from Israel-Palestine to Iran and Yemen.

    Lieberman: “Yemen will be tomorrow’s war”

  3. william nomates said on January 3rd, 2010 at 2:35am #

    It has long been my view that Israel is its own worst enemy

    alan you are in a tiny minority of people and especially jews who believe this. it is the equivalent of telling muslims that mohammed is their worst enemy or christians that jesus christ is their worst enemy.
    zionism is at the heart of judaism,whether you like it or not

  4. Maryb said on January 3rd, 2010 at 1:53pm #

    I agree with what you say here Kalidas and your other in reply to some sort of suggestion of a threat for more of their killing on the day or purim but please don’t feed the troll. I wonder if the pseudonym (we have ‘Billy No Mates in the UK) is some sort of inverted boast.