Suggesting that “the only way for the Palestinians to move forward is through direct negotiations with Israel”, an Israeli spokesman warned that Ireland’s recognition of the plight of Palestinian people hindered the region’s peace process. Though there are many, many shades of grey in that terrible conflict, and though there are many conflicting and exploiting interests, it is hard not to think that Israel’s continuing policy of land theft does far more damage to the peace process than any declaration in the parliament of a small and relatively powerless nation.
The latest example of violent colonisation was seen at the village of Turmusiya north of Ramallah on Wednesday when Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein, 55, died at a West Bank protest against new settlements. Naturally, the cause of his death is disputed but the land grab — forcefully supported by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and its army— is at the root of this and thousands more deaths.
It is more than a tragedy that all efforts to establish a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine, and all of its citizens displaced by Israeli expansion, have failed. It does seem, though, that Israel is indifferent to the fact that it is alienating itself from its allies and making peace even more remote by continuing to steal Palestinians’ homes and land.