The Sack of Annapolis

Rightly or wrongly, we will be held responsible for the outcome in Palestine and for the ultimate fate of the Palestinians. In a real sense, we will be paying for it. Actually, we have been paying for it for a long time, and not just in terms of “foreign aid”

by Patrick Foy

If you want to appreciate just how hopelessly entangled America has become in the fate of modern day Israel and Zionism, you may want to take a look at an eye-opening article of December 5th in the Jerusalem Post. It is entitled “Annapolis—A True Zionist Victory” by Dr. M.K. Ephraim Sneh. He is a former Deputy Defense Minister of Israel and Head of the Civil Administration for the occupied West Bank. Regrettably, you can’t check the article out online, because it has been removed from the JP site. Dr. Sneh is a “progressive” commentator and a Labour member of the Knesset. He claims to be optimistic that “peace” between Jews and Palestinians in the Holy Land is just around the corner. There have been some contrary reports in the Palestinian press, and many of his own people are fit to be tied. We learn in a side remark at the end of the article that Dr. Sneh’s father was instrumental in bringing about the 1947 UN partition of Palestine: “Last week marked the 60th anniversary of the UN partition plan which sought to establish two nations in the land of Israel. I would like to mention my father, Moshe Sneh, zihrono li’vraha (May his memory be blessed), who in 1947 stood at the head of the political delegation in Europe which lead to the decision. This ruling gave 56% of the land to Israel and 44% to the Palestinians. When we complete the permanent agreement, we will hold 78% of the land while the Palestinians will control 22%. After sixty years, seven wars and two intifadas, the upcoming agreement will be a true Zionist victory.”

Interesting, isn’t it? The “upcoming agreement” will be the result—supposedly in the foreseeable future—of the recent 2-day Annapolis conference (November 27th-28th). Dr. Sneh appears to know the outcome of future “negotiations”. [I put “negotiations” in quotes because the Palestinians are prostrate and powerless, in no position to “negotiate” anything, and Mahmoud Abbas has little authority to “negotiate” on behalf of the Palestinians. Please note Ephraim Sneh’s statement above and what this man takes for granted. To a large extent, it is what has been passively accepted in the West. Sneh’s assumptions reflect the general outlook of most active Zionists of all persuasions.