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Editorial

Palestine’s false friends

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens during a news conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar following a bilateral strategic dialogue at the Foreign Ministry in Rabat, April 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool)

As the Middle East peace process again appears in free fall, with another year wasted, it is only right the Palestinians step away from the American “brokers,” and find a new way to statehood.

Having vowed to implement a framework for a deal by the end of this month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry then said that he would seek an extension for talks, but now, after this week’s developments, even that looks impossible.

Just as with every round of talks over the decades, Israel has shown itself to be a dishonest partner, uncommitted to peace, and concerned only with its own advancement. This “partner” signs off on 700 new settler homes as alleged peace talks are taking place and has continually introduced more demands of the Palestinians, despite them meeting all pre-existing conditions – this time, the recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state.”

Israel continues to take part in such talks as it knows it can get away with doing so on the surface only, without sacrificing anything.

And all the while, the Palestinians, long committed to a peaceful path to statehood, have also agreed to take part, with the Americans as brokers, as they have tried to believe the other players are honest. But it is now too late. The Americans are guided only by their domestic political concerns and have no real love for Palestine, despite occasionally vowing to recognize the legitimate rights of its people.

If Palestine will ever achieve justice and freedom for its people, it is clear that it will get there not with the U.S. behind it, and it is only right that it has, finally, given up on Kerry.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 05, 2014, on page 7.

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