I could have sworn that Ehud Olmert made a far ranging and courageous peace offer last month, but apparently it is not so. It must not be so, because those paragons of Middle East commentary Akiva Eldar and Yossi Parizky tell us it is not so, and everyone else seems to feel the same way. Who am I to contradict all those people?
Experiencing Middle East history is like living in a historical novel written by a demented and evil genius, or a bad episode of Star Gate in which the Gouald erase Michael Jackson's memories and implant different ones. That is because much of written Middle East history is a historical novel written by demented SOBs and imaginative script writers. The authors are op-ed columnists, ignorant celebrities like Jimmy Carter and imaginitive folks like Professors Mearsheimer and Walt
. They write what they please, no matter what happens, and whatever they write becomes "facts" or as good as facts, replacing whatever it was that you had the illusion really happened, and in turn, creating more facts.
We are getting used to the idea that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967 was what caused the Arab-Israeli conflict. All history before that time has been erased. There was no war in 1948, no cries of "Drive the Jews into the Sea" and Hajj Amin El Husseini
, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, never collaborated with Adolph Hitler in the murder of 6 million Jews. In fact, thanks to Mr. Carter and his book, it is now an established fact that all the trouble was started by Jewish terrorists in 1938. Thanks to Mr Ahmadinejad and his Holocaust Denial conference
, 6 million Jews will now be erased entirely from the database, since the Holocaust never happened, there was no Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the gas chambers in Auschwitz were used for delousing Jews in this version of history.
The only parallel to the Middle East historical wonderland is the unlamented USSR, where devoted comrades periodically received letters that requested them to do things like: "Please remove pages 101 to 104 of volume 'Ka; of the Soviet Encycolpedia, entry Kaganovich, Lazar, Commisar and insert the replacement article Kagilevskaya, Alleluieva, Stakhanovite Milk Maid."
Events disappear from history, and people do not even notice. Or perhaps they never happened? I was sure that in several public appearances, PM Ehud Olmert offered to free numerous Palestinian Prisoners and to make peace based on the Arab peace initiative. I heard and saw and read -- or had the illusion -- that these offers were broadcast on the radio and television and appeared in the newspapers. I remember, in my fevered imagination, that Mr. Olmert made a controversial speech in memory of David Ben Gurion. I can even find references to these peace offers such as here
. I can even remember bitter protests by right-wing Israelis against these offers, like this one, that says "Olmert Sold Out Country."
Perhaps I am delusional, and the references were created too. After all, those clear gouald can do anything, no?
I must be delusional, because according to authorities like Akiva Eldar
and Yossi Paritzki, there was no peace offer. The Palestinians want peace, but the stubborn and inflexible Israeli government doesn't budge. These people are authorities, so who am I to question them? Agreeing with that astute and unbiased commentator, Khaled Meshaal of the Hamas, Akiva Eldar explains that the reason for all the problems is that Israel is unwilling to make any diplomatic moves at all:
In other words, Meshal confirms that the diplomatic impasse, just like the
unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, constitutes the best public relations for the Palestinian rejectionist front. It can also be put this way: A diplomatic option is the last obstacle facing the Sunni-Shi'ite alliance that is being formed in the Gaza Strip and is sliding toward the West Bank. No panel of experts is necessary in order to know that even if Israel is not the reason for all the conflicts in the region, it is the one fueling the radicals. It will also be one of the first that they will seek to crush under
There you have it. Israel made no offer at all. Ehud Olmert is presumably not the Prime Minister of Israel, or he never made that speech in honor of David Ben Gurion. But wait, here is article written by Akiva Eldar, stating that Israel will offer to free a thousand prisoners in order to free Gilad Shalit! Imagine - a thousand prisoners for one soldier! Not good enough apparently. It won't break the impasse.
And here is Paritzky who insists that Israel and the USA are in a "Fundamentalist Alliance." Khaled Meshal, Moqtada Sadr and Osama Bin Laden are big liberals, while Ehud Olmert is a Fundamentalist according to Paritzky. We do not propose any diplomatic initiatives:
Foreign Minister Livni was right when she said the conflict in our region is between fundamentalists and moderates. The problem is that we haven't been on the side of the moderates for a long time now, but rather, on the side of the zealots and fundamentalists.
Every day that passes where we continue to do nothing instead of proposing and trying new, bold diplomatic initiatives, brings us closer to the Christian redemption.
Every day is precious, says Paritzky. Meshal and his friends are just waiting for a new peace initiative, but for some reason, Israel only offered a thousand prisoners for Gilad Shalit.
If you, like me, had the mistaken idea that Ehud Olmert made a broad ranging peace offer last month, you had better see your doctor, who can deprogram you properly. Eldar and Paritzky say it never happened. Jimmy Carter is still ranting about Israeli inflexibility. They must be right.
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