Israel seeks ethnic cleansing of Palestinians: Saab Shaath

Interview with Saab Shaath

“It’s been the ideology and the plans of the Likud party, the Zionist ruling party, for a long time. To create the one-state solution, a Zionist state and all Palestine and to cleanse most of the Palestinians out to Jordan.”

An analyst says the Likud Party is firm on its plans to disconnect Palestinians from their land totally and to do a deal with Jordan.

In the background of this a protest group that consisted of both Palestinians and foreign activists set up a tent camp in a creative effort to show peaceful resistance to the occupation of Palestinian lands and a demonstration against illegal Israeli settlement building. The move was legally approved by the High Court of Israel. Netanyahu acting in defiance of the High Court rule had army forces forcefully dismantle the tent camp, which was on private Palestinian property. Several activists were injured in the process. The reaction has been has been seen as desperate by many observers. The tent camp however, has received wide praise as the event – and indeed the Israeli reaction – successfully attracted international attention to the Palestinian cause.

Press TV has interviewed Mr. Saab Shaath, author and political commentator, Belfast about this issue. The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Do you think it will make a difference? We’ve seen these Palestinians and some international activists setting up camp and protesting the expansion of these settlements. Will it make a difference to Israel and if not, what will it take for Israel to abide by UN law?

Shaath: It’s a new development; a new type of resistance where they are using passive resistance to build camps now and tents that look like a village…

This kind of resistance is aimed at attracting international attention more than anything else to be honest here. Since the international community has slammed such expansion in that area.

This area, if they build in it, it will split the West Bank into two and will definitely annex totally Jerusalem and areas directly Zionist entity .

The plan is to deny the Palestinians to be able to build their own state or entity i.e. the two-state solution. And that is not new after what you said about the new report of the United Nations and the member status of Palestine.

NO, it’s been the ideology and the plans of the Likud party, the Zionist ruling party, for a long time. To create the one-state solution, a Zionist state and all Palestine and to cleanse most of the Palestinians out to Jordan.

There are talks between the Zionists and the Jordanians about configuration with the Palestinians; and the Palestinians entertaining the idea.

So, it’s part of a bigger plan and I can see there is some in the Palestinian leadership entertaining the idea. And the Palestinian Authority in the west Bank have always quoted that they will stop any intifada coming or any military resistance of the occupation.

The only kind of resistance they will allow, such passive resistance, which we can see. I welcome that kind of development myself, but that doesn’t mean it is the only kind of resistance the Palestinians have to use.

The Palestinians have the right to use all kinds of resistance in the struggle of the occupation of their land.

(www.presstv.ir / 13.01.2013)

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