Monday, June 21, 2004

A Real Mideast Solution?

Noam Chomsky has proposed a solution to the decades old Israel-Palestine conflict. His prosal: a two-state settlement on the international border (green line), with "minor and mutual adjustments". This is seemingly a first for Chomsky who use to support a binational state. Nonetheless, Chomsky endorses the Geneva Accords. He even blasts America for not [being] among the governments sending a message of support for the accords. There was never any office reason give by the United States as to why they did not support the initiative, though the Bush Administration has called it a productive exercise. Moreover if Chomsky had cared to do some simple research he would have learned about the scrupulous past of, Yossi Beilin one of the Chief Architects of both Oslo and the Geneva Accords. Professor Efraim Karsh points out Beilin's past mistakes by stating that:

Yossi Beilin, Oslo's chief architect, [made] the arrogant prediction, shortly after the festive ceremony on the White House lawn, that the [Oslo] accord's real test "will not be in the intellectual sphere, but will rather be a test of blood." Should there be no significant drop in terrorism within a year or two from the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (i.e., May 1994), he argued, there would be "no more excuses" for Palestinian inaction and Israel would have to renege on the Oslo Accords. "This will only be a means of last resort," Beilin said. "But if we realize that the level of violence does not subside, we will not be able to proceed, and will most certainly not implement the final-status agreement. And should there be no choice, the IDF will return to those places which it is about to leave in the coming months." Seven years after the expiry of Beilin's deadline for the "test of blood" and some 1,300 murdered Israelis, isn't it time for the Labor Party to show some humility, if not outright remorse?

And this is the man that Chomsky wants to put in charge of the Middle East Peace Process?