"While the PA and its benefiting classes are fighting a battle to keep the "process" alive, the Israelis have shown every indication that the "process" ended for them a long time ago. For them, the Oslo process was a necessary but historically finite step designed to co-opt the Palestinian leadership, solidify Israel’s grip on stolen Palestinian lands, and normalise Israel’s diplomatic status in the Arab world as well as globally. As the Israelis have achieved all these goals, the process no longer serves any purpose for them. At the moment, their continuing campaign to bomb and assassinate Palestinian civilians and pro- and anti-"process" politicians in the West Bank and Gaza has shown no sign of abating. As the Oslo process has brought calamity after calamity on the Palestinian people, its only reason for continuing is the survival of the PA classes that are its main and only beneficiaries.
Make no mistake about it, this is what the ongoing battle in the West Bank and Gaza is all about. What lies in the balance is the fate of nine million Palestinians." Massad
And to think that I was actually hopeful about an end to this misery, an end that might have had a human face. What a fool! What a fool…
After Madrid and during the "honeymoon" phase I was enraptured. I could visit the Holy Land, not be harassed by the security creeps at Ben Gurion and drive around the countryside as I wished.
Now it is all gone. Dare I say "Gone with the Wind?"
As I wrote some time ago, the forces of Islamist irredentism and Israeli romantic nationalism are in charge and there will be no end.
Now I listen with impatience to the chatter from "returned pilgrims" who think all is well in the Holy Land because "they did not feel afraid." Chickens do not feel fear until the end.