Tuesday, January 25, 2011

MJ Rosenberg Reacts To Palestine Papers

At the time I am writing this there have been two Huffington Post bloggers who have written articles in response to the recently Palestine Papers leaks (also known as Palileaks, though I don't know if that will stick). They are Omar Baddar and MJ Rosenberg, and I'm going to start with the latter because his article is more dramatic. No offense to Mr. Baddar.

Anyway, Mr. Rosenberg reacts the way we have come to expect: The papers prove what he has known to be true all along; that the Palestinians are kind and peaceful and Israel doesn't want peace even half as much as they want all the land. As others have pointed out, the documents cover so much and the people involved say such a variety of things that they can be interpreted any way one wishes. And as the link above explains, Mr. Rosenberg isn't quite correct when he says that, "the Palestinian Authority went well beyond the Palestinian consensus on every key issue: borders, Jerusalem, settlements, refugees," or that, "nothing less than a complete Palestinian surrender to Israel's right to every last inch of historic Palestine will ever be acceptable." Both Israel and the PA have long known that the Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem will go Israel and that the right of return isn't happening. But overblown rhetoric is to be expected from any Huffington Post blogger, so I can't say I'm surprised.

We can go around and around with what exactly the documents mean, but I am not all that interested in that discussion. Because Mr. Rosenberg again does what he always does; he uses the current issue of the day as a springboard with which to write about his favorite topic: "The Israel Lobby." Check out this gem (emphasis mine):
"As for Americans, we learn, as if we didn't know, that due to the pressure of AIPAC, we simply lie about the whole conflict. We pretend that the Palestinians still need to make concessions for peace when we know full well that there are none left to make."
One would think that in order to make this kind of statement an author would need some kind of proof that it was true. I mean, I didn't see anything in the Palestine Papers about AIPAC or anything else, unless maybe Mr. Rosenberg has access to information that I can't see. What's far more likely is that Mr. Rosenberg is thinking like a conspiracy theorist: When he sees something he can't explain, he blames the conspiracy. Even to the point of simply making things up:
"No matter what the provocation... we are silent UNLESS we can enthusiastically endorse Israel's position. We are not an honest broker. We are no broker at all."
 Is this true? I know! Let us ask Omar Baddar, Mr. Rosenberg's fellow Huffington Post blogger!
"The American stated position (though not policy) has been quite good, sharply critical of Israel's policies in the Occupied Territories. In the words of Hillary Clinton:
The position of the United States on settlements has not changed and will not change. Like every American administration for decades, we do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity. We believe their continued expansion is corrosive not only to peace efforts and two-state solution, but to Israel's future itself."
 Hm. I see. Let us also not forget the Biden-settlements fiasco and backdoorgate with Netanyahu. It appears that once again reality is simply not anti-Israel enough for Mr. Rosenberg. Let's conclude with yet another claim by him of AIPAC-control:
"Why do we do it? The same reason we don't ban assault weapons. A lobby (only in this case, the lobby of a foreign government) is dictating our policies with no regard for the greater American good."
He concludes with hoping that the Palestinians will attain statehood and that there will be peace, with which I take no issue.


  1. There won't be peace! Talking about maps and ranting at length about supposed AIPAC conspiracies won't change the fact its not on the horizon in the foreseeable future.

  2. The fall of Egypt will be a game changer. Consider the peace treaty with Egypt and Jordan in jeopardy. Time to draw up plans. Now.


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