Zionism and Peace Are Incompatible

At last somebody has said it in the most explicit way possible. The somebody also said: “The problem is Zionism and the solution is dismantling the Zionist framework and instituting a secular democracy that does not discriminate between Israelis and Palestinians.”

The somebody was Miko Peled, a Jewish peace activist who was born in Israel and lives in America.

He is the son of an Israeli war hero, Matti Peled, who was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967. After that war, General Peled signalled his own commitment to truth by rubbishing Zionism’s version of events. He did so with the statement that there was not a threat to Israel’s existence and that it was a war of Israeli choice (i.e. aggression not self-defense). General Peled was also one of a number of prominent Jews who called soon after the 1967 war for the immediate establishment of a Palestinian state on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

In his latest article from which my headline for this piece was extracted, Miko says that the two-state solution was clearly viable 40 years ago, but today…? He writes (my emphasis added):
“Now the West Bank is riddled with towns and malls and highways built on Palestinian land for Jews only and Israeli cabinet members openly discuss population transfers, or rather transfer of its non-Jewish population. The level of oppression and the intensity of the violence against Palestinians has reached new heights… Discussing the two-state solution now under these conditions shows an acute inability to accept reality… There is an illusion that a liberal, forward thinking government can rise in Israel and then everything will be just as liberal Zionists wish it to be. They will pick up where Rabin and Arafat left off and we will have the pie in sky Jewish democracy liberal Jews want so much to see in Israel. This illusion is shared by American Jews, liberal Zionists in Israel and around the world and in the West where guilt of two millennia of persecuting Jews still haunts the conscience of many. If only there were better leaders and if only this and if only that… But alas, reality continues to slap everyone in the face: Zionism and peace are incompatible. I will say it again, Zionism and peace are incompatible.”

Miko adds that serious study of the history of modern Israel shows that “the emergence of Netanyahu and Lieberman was perfectly predictable.”

I agree and offer this summary explanation of why.

Zionism is not only Jewish nationalism which created a state in the Arab heartland mainly by terrorism and ethnic cleansing. It is also a pathological mindset. In the deluded Zionist mind the world was always anti-Jew and always will be. It follows that Holocaust II (shorthand for another great turning against Jews) is inevitable. It follows that there can be no limits to what Zionism will do in order to preserve nuclear-armed Greater Israel as a refuge of last resort for all Jews everywhere when the world turns against them.

When I was reflecting on Miko’s main point, that Zionism and peace are incompatible, I found myself wondering why really it is that American presidents will not use the leverage they have to try to call the Zionist state to account for its crimes when doing so would clearly be in America’s own best interests.

I’m beginning to think that the awesome influence of the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress is not the complete answer. And the question I am asking myself is this: Could it be that all American presidents know there is nothing nuclear-armed Israeli leaders would not do if they were seriously pressed to make peace on terms which they believed in their own deluded minds would put Israel’s security at risk? Always in my own mind is what Prime Minister Golda Meir said to me in a BBC Panorama interview and from which I quote in my book – in a doomsday situation Israel “would be prepared to take the region and the whole world down with it.”

If it is the case that American presidents are frightened of provoking Israel, the conclusion would have to be that the Zionist state is a monster beyond control and that all efforts for peace are doomed to failure.

Is the situation really as bad as that?

My own answer is yes. But there are some observers who think that after the mid-term elections in America there might be one more opportunity for President Obama to bring enough Israelis to their senses in order to give peace its very last chance.

This new hope has been inspired, apparently, by reports of a forthcoming Palestinian (and presumably wider Arab) initiative to have the Security Council recognize Palestinian independence within the 1967 borders.

In Ha’aretz on 20 October, Aluf Benn wrote this:

Israel’s diplomacy has reached a turning point. Instead of dealing with the failed direct talks, from this point Israel will be orchestrating a diplomatic holding action against the Palestinian initiative to have the UN Security Council recognize Palestinian independence within the 1967 borders. Such a decision would deem Israel an invader and occupier, paving the way for measures against Israel. Obama could scuttle the process by casting an American veto. Would he do it? And at what price?

Barak is warning Netanyahu that Obama is determined to establish a Palestinian state, even if it requires political risks. The president doesn’t have to come out publicly against Israel, but can simply stand on the sidelines when the Security Council recognizes Palestine. The international movement to boycott Israel will gain massive encouragement when Europe, China and India turn their backs on Israel and erode the last remnants of its legitimacy. Gradually the Israeli public will also feel the diplomatic and economic stranglehold.

It’s not certain that this will happen.

We shall see.

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.

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  1. bozh said on October 21st, 2010 at 6:19am #

    “theft of land” describes situation in palestine; “zionism” does not! To find if my observation is [in]correct, just ask people: What is zionism?

    Or ask: do ‘jews’ have a right to own sate? Or: are ‘jews’ a nation or a religious congregation?

    The schools and governmental media in canada/US will not pose such question nor allow a post like mine to ever appear on their pages.

    Note, please that ‘media’ [this saves time saying “socalled”] is an arm of the governance and not detatched from the body [governance].
    Above all, let’s not conflate or confuse govt with governance; i.e., system of rule over masses.

    Every kid over 10 knows what stealing means. It had gone to the bone by probably age of 7, let alone ten!
    And stealing land by murder or threats of murder-expulsion-imprisonment, wld be understood even by desperate wives, palin, rice, hillary, jessica parker, michael douglas, barabar streissand, rahm, biden, my wife!
    So let’s not call a spade an instrument!

  2. bozh said on October 21st, 2010 at 6:35am #

    Peled a war hero??? And not war coward? Or war criminal? And knowing that Israel started the war? And not knowing that the wars was waged to obtain more land and to keep it forever?
    And did not know that land taken in a war can only be retaken by a war? And alan writes for BBC!

    And even alan does not notice that fleeing people from oppressive and murderous europe had the ‘right’– and not mention god’s permission or even command– to settle in empty afrika, amerikas, and palestine?

  3. shabnam said on October 21st, 2010 at 6:46am #

    The phony “anti war”, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, where Edward Herman and David Peterson have exposed it as US gov front, “Riding the ‘Green Wave’ at the Campaign for Peace and Democracy and Beyond” and viewed their slogans and activiteis in support of US imperialist and Zionist policy against Iran, has posted another phony petition in support of Iran but in fact to undermine the Iranian government, Ahmadinejad, who won the election with millions of votes, to give a helping hand to US government agenda, like in the case of Iraq war and Iran demonization by their reactionary slogans like “niether war Nor Saddam dictatorial regime”, or “Neither war Nor theocracy in Iran” where in fact both slogans mean REGIME CHANGE FOR THE INTEREST OF ISRAEL IN THE REGION, but overlook theocracy in Israel. Why don’t we get so many petition against Israel brutal apartheid state?
    The designer of these phony petitions is Joanne Landy who has been attacked by many including James Petras as well.
    What is interesting, however, to see the same closet Zionists and their Iranian STOOGE, Hamid Dabashi, who supports the election ‘fraud’ hoax and is in cooperation with the Iranian corrupt elite like Rafsanjani and his puppet Mousavi, not to mention a charlatan, Akbar Gangi, who received $500,000 disguised under ‘Milton Freedman Award’, an economic system responsible for millions deaths and billions more hungry people around the world.
    The designer of this PHONY PETITION is Joanne Landy, whose petition and political activities have been viewed by many, as phony and in support of zionist and imperialist’s war machine. Authors such as James Petras, Edward Harman, David Peterson, Louis Proyect and others have negative view of her. James Petras in “The Responsibility of the Intellectuals: Cuba, the US and Human Rights” in 2003 writes:
    {The principal author and promoter of the anti-Cuban declaration in the United States (signed by Chomsky, Zinn and Wallerstein) was Joanne Landy, a self-declared “democratic socialist”, and lifelong advocate of the violent overthrow of the Cuban government – for the past 40 years. She is now a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), one of the major institutions advising the U.S. government on imperial policies for over a half century. Landy supported the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and the Albanian terrorist group, the KLA – calling publicly for overt military support – responsible for the murder of 2000 Serbs and the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Serbs and others in Kosova. It is no surprise that the statement authored by this chameleon right-wing extremist contained no mention of Cuba’s social accomplishments and opposition to imperialism.}
    The following statement that is authored by the “The Chameleon right-Wing extremist”, Joanne Landy, and signed by the usual suspects, the closet Zionists, and an Iranian stooge Hamid dabashi, supporter of the election ‘fraud’ HOAX like US, Israel, the EU, and Judeofascists has no aim except to form negative public opinion against Iran among the so called ignorant ‘progressives’ in the West especially the United States to help US and Israel agenda.
    Please review the following link to see Hamid Dabashi, in the last photo, a green stooge, and in supporter of an agent of US imperialism, NED, Akbar Ganjim is stan ding next to Ganji on the platform at the night of CATO Institute celebration in support of the ‘Milton Freedom Award” given to Akbar Ganji, another green stooge.Shame on you all.


    Statement by the Campaign for Peace and Democracy-October 2010
    Initial signers of the statement include:

    Bashir Abu-Manneh, Michael Albert, Greg Albo, Kevin B. Anderson, Parvin Ashrafi, Ed Asner, Rosalyn Baxandall, William O. Beeman, Judith Bello, Medea Benjamin, Joan G. Botwinick, Laura Boylan, MD, Frank Brodhead, Steve Burns, Leslie Cagan, Antonia Cedrone, Adam Chmielewski, Noam Chomsky, Margaret W. Crane, Hamid Dabashi, Gail Daneker, Bogdan Denitch, Manuela Dobos, Tina Dobsevage, MD, Martin Duberman, Lisa Duggan, Rusti Eisenberg, Michael Eisenscher, Mark Engler, Gertrude Ezorsky, Sam Farber, Thomas M. Fasy, MD, Dianne Feeley, John Feffer, Barry Finger, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Jean Fox, Dr. Harriet Fraad, David Friedman, Robert Gabrielsky, Bruce Gagnon, Barbara Garson, Irene Gendzier, Jack Gerson, Joe Gerson, Hoshang Tareh Gol, John Gorman, Greg Grandin, Arun Gupta, E. Haberkern, Thomas Harrison, Nader Hashemi, Howie Hawkins, Bill Henning, Michael Hirsch, Madelyn Hoffman, Iranian Centre for Peace, Freedom and Social Justice-Vancouver, Doug Ireland, Marianne Jackson, PhD, Melissa Jameson, Kathy Kelly, Tooba Keshtkar, Assaf Kfoury, Mina Khanlarzadeh, Jack Kurzweil, Dan La Botz, Joanne Landy, Marc H. Lavietes, MD, Roger E. Leisner, Jesse Lemisch, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Nelson Lichtenstein, Amy Littlefield, Martha Livingston, Robin Lloyd, Jan Majicek, Betty Mandell, Marvin Mandell, Nasir A. Mansoor, Dave Marsh, Don McCanne, MD, Scott McLemee, David McReynolds, Debbie Meier, Martin Melkonian, Marilyn Morehead, Erika Munk, Ulla Neuburger, Mary E. O’Brien, MD, Derrick O’Keefe, David Oakford, Rosemarie Pace, Leo Panitch, Peace Action New York State, Christopher Phelps, Charlotte Phillips, MD, Frances Fox Piven, Danny Postel, Judy Rebick, Katie Robbins, Leonard Rodberg, Richard Roman, Elizabeth Rosenthal, MD, Matthew Rothschild, Saffaar Saaed, John Sanbonmatsu, Ajamu Sankofa, Jennifer Scarlott, Jay Schaffner, Jason Schulman, Peter O. Schwartz, Lance Selfa, Stephen R. Shalom, Cindy Sheehan, Stephen Soldz, Cheryl Stevenson, Bhaskar Sunkara, David Swanson, William K. Tabb, Jonathan Tasini, Meredith Tax, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Chris Toensing, Bernard Tuchman, Adaner Usmani, Wilbert van der Zeijden, Steven VanBever, David S. Vine, Lois Weiner, Suzi Weissman, Naomi Weisstein, Laurie Wen, Billy Wharton, Sherry Wolf, and Julia Wrigley.

    www dot zcommunications.org/end-the-war-threats-and-sanctions-program-against-iran-by-many-signers

  4. bozh said on October 21st, 2010 at 7:17am #

    De facto [and the hell with academics] palestine pre’67 war does not exist. Only some isolated pal’n communities or counties exit!
    It can only be reestablished by a war. That is the usual mode. Land stolen by war is not given back unless the writing is on the wall.

    I am curious about the fact that so many [or is it all?] msm and junior msm scribes omit this fact in their pieces.
    However, omission is caused. Caused by whom? Media owners? But still just another branch of the same tree: governance.

    So, i conlude, columnists are scared of their paymasters: the governance! U say what the system prohibits and u’r outta nice paying job with dento-health-pension care.
    remember that when the system is in a danger; resulting from WH [in]action, even a prez can be punished. Johnson, nixon, carter, bush senior are good examples!

    Nixon had not been deposed because of killing asians or hating china; he had been deposed solely for doing smthing [tho of trivial nature in comparison to killing aliens] that the ruling class did not like.

    the circus about nixon’s punishment had another useful function: divert attention from US aggression against vietnam!

    back to palestina. it seems that so many people want to revive a dead country like palestine; however, only by words and only by wrong words. And they get paid for them!
    Is it $50 for a word and not mattering one bit of what kind as long as syntax, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and brilliancy is just right.
    As obama had learned: just speak brilliantly– never mind sense– and u’r going places! tnx for ur Finger!
    No, i am not saying this to new or some old readers of the DV!

    PS. I asked editors to remove demonizing posts of at least three people. And one such godly-inspired comment had been removed, but many other appear.
    Do u fair onlookers think i shld tell editors not remove such posts and because i am ordering them around, they may spite me and start removing all such god-inspired posts.
    My posts are not inspired by god like theirs! So, i only write to godless people! And they love my posts!

  5. shabnam said on October 21st, 2010 at 7:31am #

    {back to palestina. it seems that so many people want to revive a dead country like palestine; however, only by words and only by wrong words. And they get paid for them!}

    Only a FOOL says that. We know the history and remember APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, fascist Germany and Italy. All these regime and system have placed into their GRAVES so Judeofascists blood thirsty and their stooges follow the same fate.
    Palestinians have been living on their land continually for the past 21 centuries and no fool can deny that.

  6. bozh said on October 21st, 2010 at 10:16am #

    let’s have it then! people who call other people fools simply say: look i am mad as hell. So, i say, good for u; u’ve earned it all by lonesome self.
    Arabs which were one time conquistadores are mad as hell when one asserts that the dead kurdistan– conquered by arabs, has no right to resurrection.
    it seems that just like russians, ‘jews’, britons, americans, chinese, et al; so do arabs say: look u lost and we paid with blood to get this land to posses or control forever.

    And let these name callers [namecalling and demonization not being skin off the back of DV owners; thus allowing it] name a thief that returned stolen property of own goodwill!

    So palestina is dead and i am not going to move a finger to revive it. I’l just use words!
    And if these namecallers are so devoted to the revival of only palestine, i think they know what is wanted from them.
    i have ben attacked also by stating that abbas, who was accused of being a traitor by namecallers, also wld not sign away an inch of palestine.
    he just said so!
    hey eds, how long???? forever???

  7. shabnam said on October 21st, 2010 at 10:22am #

    {Arabs which were one time conquistadores are mad as hell when one asserts that the dead kurdistan– conquered by arabs, has no right to resurrection.}

    Only ignorant closet zionist write above rubbish. Learn your history first and then continue your nonsense. My suggestion to all Judeofascists is to learn about ‘battle of Chaldiran’ to inform yourself.


  8. mary said on October 21st, 2010 at 12:32pm #

    Announced triumphantly on the BBC website.

    21 October 2010

    Settlers start 600 new homes after ban ends – report

    Construction in West Bank settlements has resumed since the freeze expired on 26 September

    Jewish settlers have started building more than 600 homes in the West Bank since a building freeze expired last month, an Israeli pressure group says.

    The pace of building is four times faster than before the ban was put in place, Peace Now says.

    Recently relaunched Middle East peace talks could collapse over Jewish settlement building on occupied land.


  9. David Silver said on October 23rd, 2010 at 8:54am #

    Alan Hart warms te cockells of my heart.