US buying time for Israel policies

PressTV –  Sun May 15, 2011 7:54AM

Interview with Paul Larudee, co-founder of the Free-Palestine Movement, from Berkeley
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos has condemned Israel’s forceful displacement of Palestinians.

Video here.

Paul Larudee, co-founder of the Free-Palestine Movement, discusses the issue in an interview with Press TV.

Press TV: We have the statement that’s come from Valerie Amos but there’s nothing new about this. We’re looking at years and years, and in turn, daily systematic excursions in the occupied territories in which the world doesn’t take notice when that occurs. What do you make of what Valerie Amos has said being the UN humanitarian chief?

Larudee: It’s about time because it’s started 150 years ago when Zionist settlers bought land in Palestine and did something that people who bought and exchanged land in Palestine for hundreds or even thousands of years never did. They displaced the people who were on the land, who were working the land, and that was the beginning of what we see today.

This has been the policy of Israel; it is the policy of displacing the indigenous population and replacing it with their own population. If one thing doesn’t work they’ll try something else.

They’ve made life extremely difficult for Palestinians on the theory that if it’s difficult enough they’ll leave. It’s worked a little but not much. The Palestinians are pretty attached to their land and they’re going to stay.

Press TV: One thing that’s interesting is the extensive coverage that we have given to the Palestinian cause, and this began with the unity deal between the Palestinian faction of Hamas and Fatah, and that news is setting its agenda in somewhat a positive note regarding Hamas. Of course, that comes to the dismay of Israel.

We also see the movements in the Arab world and in particular what happened in Egypt. Do you think that the time has come that perhaps we may see a change, slowly but gradually, towards some Palestinian causes being resolved?

Larudee: It’s ultimately going to be resolved in one way or the other. And it’s because of the actions of the Palestinian people and of the people of the world who are going to force their own governments to do what’s right in this case.

People are getting fed up with the way this has lasted for such a long time. And people who were willing to live with it in the past are no longer willing to live with it.

I think, perhaps, the governments of the West and the United States are saying we crushed the Hamas election before and we caused problems before but what are the consequences of that? Maybe the consequences of living with Hamas are not as bad as the consequences of trying to destroy Hamas?

This is an equation that is being discussed in various circles. Israel won’t like it but at some point the United States really does have to defend its interests and not necessarily Israel’s.

Press TV: The United States tried to defend its interests but let’s look at what happened.

We’ve had that Middle East peace envoy, George Mitchell, who recently announced his resignation. What was he good at regarding the so-called mediation efforts? It just seems that it bought time and put on a face, and some say a process of negotiation-to-negotiate, and it was basically all he did.

Larudee: That’s precisely it. The peace process is a goal in itself. It is a way of trying to defuse the fact that Israel is making progress on the ground in its ethnic cleansing campaign.

I think that neither the public worldwide nor the press is going to buy that. They have to find something else.

George Mitchell is either fed up with the peace process that leads nowhere or his handlers in Washington are.

Press TV: If you could answer this for us quickly; do you think that once the United States is going to put themselves in the driver’s seat behind being a mediator, how is it going to pan out when we have, at this point, just a military council ruling Egypt and we know how much of a factor Egypt was in this peace process with Israel?

Larudee: I cannot be optimistic that the United States will be a force for progress. On the contrary, they will allow progress to go only as far as they feel they have to and then they’re going to try to limit it as much as possible.

But, perhaps, the United States is not as much in the driver’s seat as it has been in the past. Perhaps the people of the region are beginning to take the wheel.


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