The Lie of the Century. Kushner’s 136 Pages of Lies. Palestinians have No Rights Whatsoever

Global Research, July 01, 2019
IMEMC News 30 June 2019

Well, it’s happened. It’s real. Mr. Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and Senior Advisor of President Trump has delivered 136 pages of lies, suppositions and conjuring tricks to seduce or compel us Palestinians to accept our fate and surrender our rights. What rights? As far as this document is concerned, Palestinians have no rights whatsoever, and, as for a Palestinian perspective, what is that?

The Palestinians were not even invited to Manama, let alone considered. What about the Israelis? Were they there? Were they invited? On the face of it, no. But, in reality, they were amply represented. What is Jared Kushner if not the team captain for the Greater Israel Project? After all, he is Jewish, an ardent Zionist, an investor in the illegal settlements in Palestine and an advocate, par excellence, for Israeli survival and supremacy.

The Lie Of The Century, as I call it, is just that. A lie. From beginning to end, every word, every supposition of this long-winded deception is to ensure that the Greater Israel Project will advance unhindered, and we, the Palestinians, are to accept the crumbs off the table of our land-lords. Or perish.

But, hang on a minute. How could an occupier who seized our land by brute force be made a legitimate land-lord over us? The answer is simple. In the Trumpian universe, all that matters are power and Mammon. Isn’t this what the ‘Deal of The Century’ is all about? American/Israeli power exercised over us Palestinians without mercy? And, what about the money? Oh, yes. There is money, but it is not American nor Israeli money. It’s Arab money — to be extorted from despotic, Arabic regimes in the Gulf, as per usual. Trump demands and the Arab Regimes of the Gulf and Saudi Arabia oblige. If they don’t, as Mr. Trump intimated, their shaky thrones wouldn’t last a week without US protection.

Mr. Kushner promised $50 billion in Arab money to be divided between Palestine, Jordan and Egypt. Nowhere in the document was there any mention of Palestinian political rights, the right of return of the Palestinian refugees or even the Israeli occupation of Palestine. All was conveniently kicked into touch because it doesn’t matter, you see. What matters is Israeli survival and supremacy and the continued, rapid march of the Greater Israel Project.

I say ‘rapid march’ because who is to stop it? The Palestinians do not have an army, an air force, a navy or even a coalition to stop this march. Jordan has already succumbed to American threats and promises of prosperity. The same goes for Egypt, especially under the hand-picked President Abdul Fatah Alsisi, whose sole purpose is to neuter Egypt and serve as a facilitator for American and Israeli hegemony in our area.

Syria? Western powers, Israel and despotic Arab/Muslim states have made sure that Syria is taken out of the equation by embroiling it in a 7-year long devastating war.

The Gulf States? Saudi Arabia? Instead of stopping this advance of Greater Israel they are facilitating it by making a frantic rush towards normalization with Israel and to form a coalition of the willing to combat a perceived threat from another Muslim country, Iran. The honorable exception is the State of Kuwait, who refused to attend this farce and reaffirmed their total support of Palestinian rights and aspirations.

Let’s look closely at the word, ‘surrender’. Many of you might remember an article I wrote recently, entitled, ‘Surrender Or Die’. It didn’t take too long for the Israelis to prove me right. There it is. From the Grand weasel’s mouth, none other than Danny Danon, the Israeli Ambassador to the UN. In an article entitled, ‘What’s Wrong With Palestinian Surrender”, published in the New York Times on June 24th, one day before the Manama ‘Workshop’. “Surrender”, he wrote,” is the recognition that in a contest, staying the course will prove costlier than submission.”

There you have it. To the victor the spoils.

And, then, comes the other Grand Weasel, Mr. Jared Kushner, to deliver the message of surrender to a room full of weasels. All of these aforementioned weasels, who have been gnawing at our heels for over a century, omitted to consider one vital point: The Palestinian character and pride.

Surrender is not in our character. We’d rather die standing up, defending our rights than exist, kneeling at the feet of our self-appointed land-lords and benefactors.

Just in case any of those weasels calling for our surrender might have any interest in what we Palestinians want, here is how Executive Member of the PLO, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, put it:

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Haftar Is Trying To Trick Turkey Into Overextending Itself In Libya

Global Research, June 30, 2019

Libyan National Army leader General Haftar ordered his forces to attack Turkish ships and companies that he accused of helping the internationally recognized Government of National Accord, as well as to arrest Turkish citizens in the country, which is nothing short of an effort to trick Turkey into overextending itself by provoking it into “mission creep” so that it ends up trapped in the Libyan quagmire.

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The Libyan Civil War might be entering a new phase if the forces led by Libyan National Army (LNA) leader General  Haftar do good on their leader’s threats to attack Turkish ships and companies that he accused of helping the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), a well as to arrest Turkish citizens in the country. The popular warlord has already succeeded in capturing most of the country with the notable exception being the capital of Tripoli, which has only held out as long as it has supposedly because of Turkish support.

The Libyan Civil War was directly caused by NATO’s 2011 War on Libya and the subsequent scramble for influence in the energy-rich and geostrategically positioned North African state, with Turkey playing a leading role in the latter because the de-facto Muslim Brotherhood-led country envisions restoring its Ottoman-era empire through the establishment of ideologically allied governments in this vast trans-continental space. The GNA is comprised of Muslim Brotherhood fighters and their offshoots who came to power after 2011, which is why Erdogan supports them so strongly and has a stake in their continued leadership of the country, something that Haftar is adamantly opposed to because he sees his countrymen’s collaboration with Turkey as treasonous.

The LNA leader is now threatening to impose serious physical costs to Turkey’s unofficial intervention in the Libyan Civil War, hoping that this will either compel it to retreat or counterproductively dig in through “mission creep” and risk overextending itself in what has become a regional proxy war between secular and Islamist forces backed by the UAE/Egypt/France and Turkey/Qatar/Libya respectively. Nevertheless, Erdogan’s ego, his ambition for regional influence, and the domestic political pressure that he’s under after the latest mayoral election rerun in Istanbul are responsible for Turkey’s vow to retaliate against the Libyan warlord.

Should Turkey suffer highly publicized losses at the hands of Haftar’s forces, then it might embolden the country’s Cypriot, Greek, Kurdish separatist, and Syrian enemies in its immediate neighborhood if they interpret those developments as a sign of weakness proving that the Turkish military is just a “paper tiger” incapable of properly defending its interests and/or defeating its first conventional military adversary in decades. Erdogan is therefore in a classic dilemma since he’s damned if he retreats but equally damned if he doesn’t and ends up being humiliated by Haftar. It’ll remain to be seen what ultimately happens, but Turkey is in a very tricky position nowadays and needs to be careful that it doesn’t get trapped in the Libyan quagmire.

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Andrew Korybko is an American Moscow-based political analyst specializing in the relationship between the US strategy in Afro-Eurasia, China’s One Belt One Road global vision of New Silk Road connectivity, and Hybrid Warfare. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

The “Let Em Eat Cake” Deal of the Century: Trump’s “No Peace Deal Peace Plan” for Palestine and the Middle East

Global Research, June 28, 2019

A peace conference without participation of warring sides is an affront to what the process is supposed to be all about.

Trump’s no-peace/deal of the century peace plan was partly introduced at the so-called June 25-26 “Peace to Prosperity Workshop” in Bahrain.

A fascist dictatorship was appropriately chosen to host a scheme Palestinians, the Arab street, and activists for peace, equity, and justice categorically reject.

The common theme of participating nations was their abhorrence of rule of law principles and democratic values. Representatives from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Oman and Morocco attended.

So did reinvented war criminal Tony Blair, along with US officials, others from the predatory World Bank and IMF, business interests as well showing up.

Palestinians boycotted the conference. Israel didn’t attend because of their absence. Nor Iraq and Lebanon.

Many participating representatives were mid-level officials, indicating lack of enthusiasm for the Trump regime’s dog and pony PR show — a scheme going nowhere.

Deceptively billed as “a vision to empower the Palestinian people to build a prosperous and vibrant Palestinian society,” the plan is all about serving privileged US/Israeli interests at their expense.

It has nothing to do with peace, equity and justice for long-suffering Palestinians, nothing to do with resolving irreconcilable Israeli/Palestinian differences, nothing to do with fundamental Palestinian rights affirmed under international law.

The economic portion of the plan discussed is all about serving US-led Western and Israeli monied interests, neoliberal harshness intended for Palestinians – how ordinary people are mistreated throughout the West and for the majority of Israeli Jews.

UK-based Palestinian academic Kamel Hawwash said holding the workshop without Palestinian participation showed its true goal — exploiting, not helping them, adding:

Palestinian self-determination and other rights affirmed under international law are fundamental.

Without achieving them, the peace process is stillborn — the way it’s been for the past half-century, the greatest hoax in modern times, along with the US global war OF terror, not on it.

Trump’s no-peace/deal of the century ignores fundamental final status issues, including Palestinian self-determination, illegal Israeli occupation, settlements, borders, air and water rights, other resources, the right of diaspora Palestinians to return to their homeland, and East Jerusalem as exclusive Palestinian capital.

The plan ignores US/UK responsibility for over a century of harshness imposed on Palestinians, over 70 years of Israeli viciousness, and over half a century of militarized occupation — their land stolen, their fundamental rights denied.

Longstanding Israeli land theft is fundamental, what the Trump regime supports, including Jewish state annexation of West Bank settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

The plan treats Palestinians as “customers,” not afforded the right to be citizens of their own country, free from oppressive occupation.

The scheme involves securing a $50 billion investment fund for infrastructure and business projects. It’s unclear where most of the money is coming from and under what terms — whether it’s a gift, a loan, or combination of both, and what return on investment donors/lenders expect.

Without resolving key political issues, the economic proposal is meaningless. Who’ll invest billions of dollars for development in a de facto war zone?

Undeclared Israeli war on Palestinians remains ongoing throughout the Territories, no end of it in prospect.

The Trump regime showed contempt for their rights by illegally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s exclusive capital, moving the US embassy there, and cutting off all funding for millions Palestinian refugees considered nonpeople.

Over $200 million in US aid for the West Bank and Gaza was “redirected” elsewhere “to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US national interests (sic) and provide value to the US taxpayer (sic).”

The Trump regime’s vision of “a new reality in the Middle East” is old wine in new bottles — Palestinians still denied their right to live in peace on their own land in their own country, Israel’s repressive boot no longer stomping on them.

The bottom line of what went on in Bahrain and may follow is that Trump’s no-peace/deal of the century peace plan was dead before arrival — leaving oppressive Israeli apartheid rule in place.

 

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The Economic Entrails at the Heart of the ‘Deal of the Century’

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Alastair Crooke
June 25, 2019

It is nothing new to say that the ‘Deal of the Century’ is – and always was – in essence an economic project. Indeed, it seems that its political ramifications are viewed by the White House as little more than the ineluctable consequences to an a priorieconomic architecture, already in the process of being unfolded.

In other words, it is the economic facts on the ground that are intended shape the political outcome — an attenuated political landscape that anyway has been minimised by Trump’s pre-emptive removal of key pieces of any Palestinian negotiating leverage.

The financial squeeze on the Palestinians is well attested. On the one hand, the Palestinian Authority (historically dependent on Saudi subvention) is gently slipping into bankruptcy; whilst Gaza is held in virtual abject dependency through the drip-feed of subventions channelled into Gaza by Qatar, with Israeli permission — the size of this latter monthly ‘lifeline’ subvention being carefully adjusted by Israel according to what it judges to be the norms of (generally Hamas) ‘good conduct’.

So, on the one hand there is the financial siege that is intended to make the Palestinians pliant to the ‘quality of life package’ which the ‘deal’ is supposed to bring — the Bahrain summit later this month being its shopfront. But there is another less well recognised side to the Deal which is summarised in the title to a McClatchy article entitled, White House sees Egyptian energy forum as a ‘roadmap to Middle East peace’.

In a later piece, McClatchy publishes the newly declassified map of the US East Mediterranean energy ‘roadmap’. And here the fuller picture becomes clear: the US sponsored ‘gas forum’, “according to three senior administration officials, that map [the] declassified one, obtained by McClatchy – has motivated members of the [US] National Security Council to prioritize the formation of a gas forum in the Eastern Mediterranean that would simultaneously boost and entangle the economies of several countries that have been at odds for decades”.

Well, let’s translate that little euphemism: ‘boost and entangle’. What that formula translates into is — the means to integrate Israel into the economic regional sphere is firstly, through energy. Yet, it is not intended to integrate Israel alone into this Egyptian economic sphere, but also to make Jordan, the PA (and maybe even Lebanon), too, partially dependent on Israeli energy – alongside putative partners, Italy, Greece, and (the Greek-linked part) of Cyprus — with the US offering to help flesh out the structure of the ‘gas forum’ with U.S. expertise.

This is the heart of ‘the deal’. Not just political normalisation for Israel into the region, but the making of economic dependencyof the Egyptians, Palestinians, Jordanians (and possibly – but not so likely – Lebanon) on the US East-Med gas ‘hub’.

Source: McClatchy

And, inevitably there is a sub-plot to all this, (as McClatchy notes):

“On this front, the administration enjoys support from unlikely allies. Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee … said the Mediterranean gas forum project was a strategic opportunity for the U.S. to stymie Russian influence efforts over local energy resources. “I think that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and Russia can’t and should not be able to control the situation,” Engel stated”.

So, the US Administration is pursuing two bipartisan congressional efforts to ‘stymie’ Russia in the region: One is a bill promoting energy partnerships in the Eastern Mediterranean; and a parallel bill which threatens to sanction European firms supporting the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline taking Russian gas into Germany.

There are however, two obvious big ‘catches’ to this notion of both ‘stymying’ Russia, whilst simultaneously normalising Israel economically into the region. The first, as Simon Henderson of the Washington Institute notes, [is the notion that] the area’s underlying geology could help Europe offset, or even replace, its dependence on Russian gas “seems farfetched at the present level of discoveries. Several more giant fields like Leviathan or Egypt’s Zohr would have to be found before this reality changes”:

“The idea that East Mediterranean energy could impact on the European energy balance in such a way as to dent Russian market share is a fantasy – Europe’s thirst for gas is so huge, and Russia’s ability to provide that gas is so great, that it’s a wild dream to even hope we can achieve it given the limited reserves discovered thus far,” Henderson said. “Hoping you can find gas is not the same as finding gas”.

In short, an Egyptian ‘hub’ serving exports, might only ‘work’, as matters stand, through patching some of the smaller East-Med discoveries – together with a large Israeli contribution – through pipelines into the two Egyptian gas liquefying plants near Port Said and Alexandria. But LNG availability globally is high, prices are hugely competitive, and it is by no means certain that ‘the hub’ can be commercially viable.

And here is the main catch: Geo-politics. Anything aimed at integrating Israel into the region is bound to be sensitive. So, whilst US officials are optimistic about Egypt’s leadership of their ‘gas forum’ in the wake of President Sisi’s April meeting with Trump – Egypt – a mainstay to the separate US Iran confrontation plan – shortly afterward the visit, rather notably withdrew from the strategic military alliance the Trump administration was trying to build to confront Iran: The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), to the consternation of US officials.

When it comes to energy deals, however, even having a treaty with Israel does not put an end to public sensitivities about rapprochement with Israel, Henderson notes. Notwithstanding any ‘peace treaty’, many Jordanians still oppose the prospect of using (Israeli) Leviathan gas to provide for large-scale electricity generation, beginning early next year. Amman has tried to deflect such anger by calling the supplies “northern gas” or “American gas”, emphasizing Noble’s role in producing it.

But here is the other side to the issue: Clearly, Egypt does not want to be a part of any anti-Iranian US-led alliance (MESA). But equally, why should Egypt – or Jordan, or for that matter, or any other member of the ‘gas forum’ – wish to be tightly aligned with an US anti-Russian strategy for the region? Egypt may have signed up to the US ‘gas hub’ project. But at the very same time, Egypt also was signing a $2 billion contract to buy more than twenty Russian Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft. Do ‘hub’ members really judge an Egyptian ‘hub’ to be a rival to Russian gas in Europe?

Probably not: For ultimately, the idea that a putative energy hub can ‘stymie Russia’ indeed is fantasy. Europe’s thirst for gas indeed is so huge, and Russia’s ability to provide that gas so great, that it is a wild dream to even think it. The EU shows, for example, no particular interest in the US supported $7 billion mooted pipeline linking the eastern Mediterranean through Cyprus, to Greece. The undersea terrain is too problematic, and the cost too high.

Israel too, hopes to find more gas (of course). But the deadline for bids on nineteen of its offshore blocks has been pushed back to mid-August – seemingly reflecting a lack of investor interest. For now, the oil majors seem more tempted by the Cypriot blocks – up for bid.

But politics again: being a part of America’s ‘gas forum’ in which the Nicosia (i.e. the Greek-linked) government is a key member, explicitly places the forum and its members on a potential collision course with Turkey, who will not readily yield on its ambitious claims on the East Med basin (it has just announced that it will establish naval and air bases in Northern Cyprus). Nor will Lebanon, either. Sisi and Erdogan share a mutual, personal dislike, but will the others wish to be drawn into that quarrel?

Russia anyway, seems not greatly interested in the production possibilities of the Mediterranean Middle East. Rather it is focused on a pipeline corridor stretching from Iran and Iraq to Europe via Turkey or (eventually) Syria.

In sum then, the Kushner – Trump ‘Deal’, in respect to the integration of Israel into the regional energy economy seems destined to draw the same skepticism and distrust, as does the ‘Deal’s’ other parts.

سورية عقدة المستسلمين وأولياء أمورهم

 

يونيو 27, 2019

د. وفيق إبراهيم

القراءة الواقعية لتطوّر الصراع مع الكيان الإسرائيلي المحتلّ تظهر أن الدولة السورية تؤدي دور المانع لتشريع الانهيارات العربية الكبيرة منذ أربعينيات القرن الماضي ولأمد مفتوح.

فتستعمل في هذا الكفاح المتواصل الأسلوبين العسكري والسياسي وسط موازنات قوى هي دائماً لمصلحة «إسرائيل» المسنودة من أوروبا والأميركيين ومعظم العرب فتتلقى أسلحة من النووي وحتى المسدسات الصغيرة والتمويل الكامل.

لكن الدولة السورية تجاوزت نسبياً الخلل في التوازنات بدعم منظمات جهادية شبه عسكرية في فلسطين ولبنان والعراق، فحالت دون الانهيار الكامل للمنطقة كما يخطط له الأميركيون وحلفاؤهم في الخليج ومصر والأردن.

لذلك، فإنّ صفقة القرن تندرج في إطار سقوط عربي تدريجي ابتدأ سرياً منذ ستينيات القرن الماضي متطوّراً الى استسلام من دون شروط مع بدء مرحلة أنور السادات في رئاسة مصر منذ سبعينيات القرن الفائت.

يُلاحظ هنا أنّ الدول العربية غير المؤيّدة لمجابهة «إسرائيل» هي المنتمية الى المحور العربي والمتمتعة بحماياته من الخليج والأردن ومصر أنور السادات.

لكن ما حدث في كمب دايفيد في 1979 كان مشروعاً لإنهاء قضية فلسطين نهائياً واستتباع العالم العربي بأسره للمحور الأميركي الإسرائيلي.

وهذا يعني أنه مشروع شرق أوسطي من البوابة الفلسطينية وكان أقوى من الحظوط الخائبة لصفقة القرن لأنه عكس انهيار أكبر بلد عربي هو مصر التي أخذها السادات عنوة إلى «إسرائيل» في إطار حلف سياسي اقليمي ولم تعُد بعد، وعلى الرغم من انّ معاهدة كمب دايفيد لم تتمكّن في حينه من جذب دول عربية الى مفهومها وبشكل علني، إلا أنها حققت بالنسبة للحلف الإسرائيلي الخطوة الرسمية الأولى في تحطيم المناعة العربية، وأخرجت مصر من نظام عربي كان ضعيفاً، لكنه كان أفضل من الخواء الحالي.

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كمب ديفيد الساداتية هي إذاً الآلية التي سهّلت اتفاقية أوسلو الإسرائيلية مع الرئيس السابق لمنظمة التحرير ياسر عرفات وغطت الاتفاق الإسرائيلي الأردني في وادي عربة في تسعينيات القرن الماضي فأصبح في المشهد العربي حلفاً بين «إسرائيل» ومصر والاردن والسلطة الفلسطينية بدعم من السعودية والإمارات وبموافقة حذرة من دول عربية أخرى مقابل سورية وحلف المقاومة وإيران.

هناك ميزة أساسية يمكن استخلاصها من السياسة السورية إزاء قضية فلسطين بما يؤكد انّ سورية تتعامل مع فلسطين على أنها جزء أساسي من بلاد الشام سرقها المستعمر الإنجليزي في غفلة من زمن استعماري تناوب عليه «العثماني والإنجليزي والفرنسي والأميركي» بتواطؤ عربي كان يعتمد على فصاحة اللغة في الحروب الحديثة، والتآمر المدروس في الليل.

للتوضيح، فإنّ الأميركيين استعملوا أسلوب الجذب الاقتصادي لاستمالة السادات للتحالف مع «إسرائيل» ووعدوه بمشروع يُشبه مشروع «مارشال» الأميركي الذي أدّى الى ازدهار أوروبا بعد تدميرها في الحروب العالمية المتتالية. والمعروف أنّ الأوطان لا تُباع بآليات جذب اقتصادية،

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لكن السادات وعرفات والحسين بن طلال تخلّوا عن القضية ولم يوفر لهم الأميركيون الحدّ الأدنى من وعودهم لهم والدليل أنّ معدل الفقر في مصر السادات بلغ الخمسين في المئة، فيما يتجاوز الآن معدل الدين تحت خط الفقر الخمسة والخمسين في المئة إلى جانب خمسة وعشرين في المئة من المصريين يقبعون عند خط الفقر تماماً مقابل عشرين في المئة فقط هم الطبقتان الغنيّة والمتوسطة.

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والأمر مشابه في الأردن الذي تسقط دولته فور توقف المساعدات الخارجية عنه بما يدلّ على أنه باع كلّ شيء على مستوى الكرامة والسياسة مقابل التغطية الأميركية بحكمة الهاشمي، وسط اقتصاد ريفي متسوّل يبيع مواقف سياسية ووطنية مقابل الاستمرار.

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أما أبو عمار فوجد نفسه طريداً شريداً في تونس مفضلاً «مخترة» مجرّدة من السلاح والأمل والطموح في ضفة غربيّة ليس له فيها إلا مبنى مع وعد بدويلة مجهولة الجغرافيا والإمكانات فترك فلسطين التاريخية لكانتون وهمي لا تريده «إسرائيل»!

إنّ ما شكل استثناء هو سورية التي قاتلت في 1973 الجيش الإسرائيلي واستسلام السادات في آن معاً، وقاومت منذ التسعينيات حتى الآن محاولات فرض استسلام عليها بإسناد عالمي خليجي عربي تركي لإرهاب دولي أراد تدمير الدولة السورية.

وحاربت منذ 1982 وحتى 2006 بدعم حزب الله في لبنان وتتحالف مع إيران لردع أقوى هجمات أميركية تاريخية الوقع والتدمير.

لماذا تصمد سورية؟

رفضت سورية أيّ صلح مع «إسرائيل» لأنه لا يعني إلا القضاء على القضية الفلسطينية التي تشكل بدورها جزءاً بنيوياً من بلاد الشام وقسماً عزيزاً من أرض العرب.

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لذلك يجب الإقرار بأنّ الصمود السوري منذ رئاسة الراحل الكبير حافظ الأسد مروراً بالمرحلة الحالية هي التي تجعل من قضية فلسطين منيعة غير قابلة للتفكيك لا بمعاهدة كمب ديفيد ولا بصفقة القرن.

فما بين سورية والفلسطينيين ليس تحالفاً قابلاً للجذب والتراجع، لأنه مسألة بنيوية غير خاضعة لأيّ نقاش.

وما تشهده صفقة القرن الأميركية الإسرائيلية الخليجية من فرملة لأهدافها فيرتبط بالموقف السوري الفلسطيني الرافض لها، لذلك تحوّلت لقاء يجمع بين دولٍ متحالفة سلفاً ولا تحتاج الى مؤتمر لإسناد بعضهما بعضاً، فهي جزء من قمم مكة الثلاث التي لم تنتج إلا حبراً على ورق.

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وهذا مصير ورشة المنامة التي أصبحت مؤتمراً لسرقة أموال خليجية يجري تبديدها على مصر والأردن من دون أيّ فائدة سياسية لأنّ هذه الدول تعترف بـ «إسرائيل» رسمياً في ما يقيم معظم الخليج علاقات عميقة تتجه عبر صفقة القرن لأن تصبح علنية. وهكذا تبقى سورية بتاريخيتها وتحالفاتها الحصن المنيع الحافظ لحقوق السوريين والفلسطينيين والعاصي على صفقات القرن والأحادية الأميركية.

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Ayatollah Qassim: Trump Trying to Sell All that Palestinians Have, Including Holy Sites

By Staff, Agencies 

Bahrain’s most senior cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim denounced on Monday a so-called “peace plan” devised by the United States under President Donald Trump as it “seeks to irreversibly compromise Palestinians’ entire entitlements.”

Qassim made the remarks during an address at a conference in the north-central holy city of Qom in Iran on Monday.

He further warned that the US scheme amounted to selling everything the Palestinians have, including Islam’s holy sites.

“Rejecting the deal means rejecting slavery and accepting freedom,” he added, noting that there was no choice for the Islamic world but to resist America’s plans for Palestinians.

His Eminence said Washington’s deal was a trial for Arab rulers to show their true colors.

In parallel, Ayatollah Qassim declared that the Bahraini people were against both the deal and the Manama conference.

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مؤتمر المنامة ومأزق السياسات الأميركية

يونيو 25, 2019

ناصر قنديل

– ستكشف الأيام أن أشد قرارات إدارة الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب غباءً وأكثرها تعبيراً عن الجهل والأمية السياسية هو قرار تبني حل للقضية الفلسطينية يلبي المطالب الإسرائيلية بالكامل ويتجاهل الحد الأدنى من الحقوق الفلسطينية بالعودة والقدس وتقرير المصير، مستنداً إلى الاطمئنان لوجود الحكومات العربيّة في قبضته، ومتوهّما أن مقايضة القضية الفلسطينية بالمال أمر ممكن أن يكتب له النجاح، وأن الكتلة العربية الرسمية لن تجرؤ على التمرد على قراره. وهنا من المفيد أن نستذكر كلاماً لوزيرة الخارجية ومستشارة الأمن القومي الأميركي سابقاً غونداليسا رايس في مقال لها في النيويورك تايمز أول أيلول 2000 بعد دخول ارئيل شارون إلى المسجد الأقصى، قالت فيه إن شارون أطاح عقوداً من النجاحات الأميركية بجعل القدس وفلسطين والعروبة من المفردات المنسيّة، وأعادها إلى الضوء مذكراً شعوب المنطقة بهويتهم الجامعة، محرجاً حكومات قطعت مع واشنطن أشواطاً في التعاون لتدمير هذه الهوية الجامعة.

– مؤتمر المنامة الذي يشكل الاختبار الأهم لقدرة أميركا على تأمين الحشد اللازم للإقلاع بصفقة القرن، التي تشكّل عنوان المشروع الأميركي لشرق أوسط جديد، ينعقد بحضور جدّي واضح من عدد من الحكومات العربية بعدد أصابع اليد الواحدة، هي السعودية والإمارات والبحرين ومصر والأردن، وبغياب رسميّ واضح موازٍ بالعدد، لفلسطين وسورية والعراق ولبنان والجزائر، وبينهما تراوح في الغياب والحضور دول كالكويت وقطر وعمان من جهة، والمغرب وموريتانيا وتونس من جهة موازية، حيث في الجانب الأول تريّث لعدم الوقوع في خطأ الحساب، وفي الجانب الثاني أحزاب سياسية وحركات في الشارع وفي المجلس النيابي تعلن تجريم الحضور وتفتح النار عليه. والحكومات مرتبكة القرار.

– في كل المعارك التي خاضتها واشنطن منذ العام 2000 نجحت في الحفاظ على تماسك موقف عربي رسمي وراءها، من الحرب على العراق إلى الحرب على سورية، ومثل ذلك نجحت في حشد النظام العربي الرسمي وراء السعودية في حرب اليمن وفي مواجهة إيران، حتى جاء موعد الحصاد، في كيفية تسييل هذا الفائض الأميركي في الجيب الإسرائيلي، فبدأ التغيير، والضربة القاضية كانت فلسطينية، وبغياب التغطية الفلسطينية لأي مشروع يخصّ فلسطين، يصعب على أي حاكم أو حكم عربي أن يغامر أو يقامر. فهذه فلسطين، وهذه القدس، واللعب ممنوع ومكلف وخطير. وها هي النتيجة أميركا تستبعد «إسرائيل» من المدعوين أملاً برفع نسبة الحضور، والحصيلة أن أعلى نسبة تمثيل هي وزير دولة، فحتى الدولة التي تتلقى التعليمات وتنفذ الأوامر لا تجرؤ على جعل المناسبة احتفالاً «يليق» بصهر الرئيس ترامب وعراب الصفقة.

– من يظن أن العبث مع فلسطين والقدس ممكن عليه أن يفسر هذه الخيبة وهذا الفشل، ومن يعتقد أن الأميركي ممسك بالوضع العربي عليه أن يضع تحفظاً ويضيف «حتى يصل الأمر إلى فلسطين». فعملياً الذي يجري الآن هو أن محوراً عربياً يولد من رحم المقاطعة لمؤتمر المنامة، سيتبلور أطرافه بوضوح كلما تمسّكت واشنطن بمشروعها، ومقابله سيكون محور العار، وبينهما محور الانتظار، ورغم كل شيء يمر به لبنان وكل شيء يقع تحت وطأته العراق، سيكتب لهما مع فلسطين وسورية تشكيل عمق جديد لمحور جديد سيكتب التاريخ العربي الجديد وننتظر الجزائر. وغداً ربما تكون معهم الكويت، وموريتانيا والمغرب وشوارع تونس والعين على مصر والأردن وما سيقوله الشارع فيهما إن لم يكن اليوم فبعد حين، ولن يطول الانتظار. فهذه فلسطين وهذه القدس.

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