BEIRUT: 37 seats for the Likud, 36 for the Blue and White alliance.
The Israeli right wing mood remains cut from the same cloth. Politics in occupied Palestine are now contested between two right wings with the defeat of the Israeli left wing. This defeat earned the Trump-like system an alleged legitimacy over the spoliation of Arab lands against the backdrop of a Judaization transcending geography to identity.
The right-wing rampant momentum in Israel after the US will soon cast its shadows on the EU elections. Hence the fears of some center-right political parties and the remnants of the left, of losing their seats to a conservative or far-right candidate. In the next three weeks, the center-right wings will reclaim defense for the EU philosophy – while calling for reinvigorated public policy priorities on one hand and institutional management dynamic on the other hand.
Any reference to the course of the EU elections in the light of the results of the Israeli elections is mainly due to the symbolic European fragility to play a counterbalancing role in the relentless American and Russian support to Israel. Israel thereby positions itself at eye level with the Security Council member states having the right to veto, along with a group of allies joined lately by China, India and Pakistan which carries many dimensions from an Asian perspective.
In these elections, Israel wanted to ditch any attempt at rebuilding a dismembered peace-process. It intends, after the folkloric American decision on the annexation of the Golan Heights, along with its American and Russian allies, to redefine the balance of power in the Middle East by ousting Iran and Turkey from the equation.
Israel would hence maintain geostrategic supremacy not from a military perspective only but owing to its alliances. It will later deal with a rhetorically aggressive Turkey and Iran whose relationship benefits Israel’s agenda. Turkey and Iran eventually battered whatever Arab presence had remained. The Arabs did not strive seriously at maintaining a solid front capable of counterbalancing Israel. The said balance does not necessarily have to be military. It may be political, diplomatic, economic, scientific and cultural.
Based on this new surreal environment, especially with Europe’s complete fallout from the international- regional balance - it is not sufficient to refuse to recognize Jerusalem as a capital for Israel or to reject giving Israel sovereignty over the Golan Heights - time has come to think. After the Secretary of State declared a week ago that the US will suggest solutions to the Israeli Arab conflict, including the Arab Israeli Conflict, it is crucial to think about how Palestine, as a member observer state in the UN, can deal with any new spoliation of whatever rights it has left.
In what direction should the League of Arab States operate despite existential questions about the capacity of this institution to play a minimal dynamic and coordination role based on the Arab Peace initiative, let alone the UN resolutions that are relevant to the Peace Process in the Middle East.
Palestinians and the Civil Resistance
Hamas Islamization of the Palestinian cause is as threatening as the Judaization of Israel. Palestinians need to end their political strife; a lingering split could ring the death knell of their rights, their struggle, and their martyrdom.
The Palestinian unity is the lying foundation for two options of resistance. First, the civil peaceful resistance for the 1948 Palestinians in the occupied territories and more specifically in Jerusalem.
The civil peaceful resistance can take different forms including civil munity. Second is the diplomatic resistance namely an exceptional movement of the Palestinian diaspora active on all levels. Here it is important to understand that any reproduction of a European dynamic coupled with a continued belief in the two state solution must start from Palestine. The Vatican diplomacy shall definitely be a corner stone in this initiative.
The League of Arab States and a Diplomatic Initiative
Egypt and Jordan can be the basis of a balanced initiative since they are adjacent to Israel and Palestine. This does not neglect the role of the GCC or the KSA. The Secretary General should better start his initiative with a nontraditional working group based on researchers and experts in order to simulate future scenarios.
The simulation shall be later on entrusted with the decision makers among the LAS member states. Building the Palestinian civil resistance can help bridge the seismic eminent gaps and will redress the outcomes of what is called the “deal of the century”. This deal is not new; it is yet unknown to its careless preachers and their objective allies who pledge hostility against the deal while doing the exact same by excessively dividing the Arab Communities along sectarian lines.
Some could belittle this approach… however, can we, for once, be serious and nontraditional after the disastrous consequences of the stereotyped paralyzing political cant?
Ziad El Sayegh is an expert in Public Policies and Refugee crises.
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