Andy Martin Peace Plan becomes the de facto Obama Administration policy
In July 2000, Middle East expert Andy Martin delivered a detailed plan for peace between Israel and Palestine. Nine years later, Andy’s ideas have become the basis for an evolving American policy towards the conflict.
It’s time to implement the Andy Martin Peace Plan
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ANDY MARTIN PEACE PLAN BECOMES THE DE FACTO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION POLICY
AS OBAMA SPEAKS IN CAIRO, HIS WORDS ECHO ANY MARTIN’S PIONEERING 2000 PEACE PLAN
MIDDLE EAST EXPERT MARTIN SAYS RECOGNITION COMES FIRST, THEN NEGOTIATION
(CAIRO, EGYPT)(June 4, 2009) Nine years ago, I proposed a Middle East Peace Plan (the original PR Newswire text is at the bottom of this column). Then George Bush was elected and there was an eight-year delay. Recently the Obama Administration has been using my original peace plan as a virtual blueprint for a resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian impasse. Finally.
At the news conference in 2000 I laid out the details of my peace proposal: (i) immediate recognition of Palestine by the United States, as a state encompassing the 1967 borders; (ii) opening of a U.S. embassies to both Palestine and Israel in Jerusalem; (iii) a U.S. troop commitment to police the U. N. Resolution 242 “Green Line.”
Recent reports in the Washington Post have indicated the Obama Administration is proceeding along the lines I outlined in July 2000.
The failure of peace in the past, including the Clinton years, was due to the fact that Israelis used endless “negotiations” to avoid ending the negotiations and resolving the controversy. Allowing Israel to negotiate as a “state,” while denying the Palestinians equal status as a state, violated the spirit of the 1947 U. N. partition agreement.
The Israelis are always concocting “obstacles” to peace. When Yasser Arafat was alive, they said he was the stumbling block. After Arafat was eliminated, Abbas became the barrier to peace. The latest comic relief is Netanyahu’s demand that there can be no peace in Palestine as long as Iran is rearming.
Although I am one of Barack Obama’s strongest critics on domestic policy, and on most of his foreign policy, I line up with Obama where Middle East peace is concerned. It is time to do what is in the national interest of the United States, not the Israelis, not the Palestinians. The United States’ interest.
Since 2000 there have been some changes, particularly as Israel has sought to drive a wedge between Gaza and the West Bank as a tactic to further deny Palestinian statehood. I predicted a war in 2000, and soon thereafter the second intifada broke out.
Today some Israelis are welcoming Obama to the Middle East by branding him an “anti-Semite.” http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1090166.html
I believe that falsely accusing Barack Obama of being an anti-Semite as is as unfounded and irresponsible as Obama’s accusing me of being an anti-Semite last October after I appeared on Sean Hannity’s program. It is time to drop the use of accusations of anti-Semitism as a form of political terrorism.
Recently, one of my best friends died. He was a German-Jewish refugee who came to America and lived an American Dream that few can even imagine. His life was featured in a movie, the Richie Boys. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPlUMe_nKO0
My friend gave millions to the cause of peace, and helped found Givat Haviva, an organization dedicated to Israeli/Palestinian rapprochement. I miss my friend dearly. But he was spared seeing his beloved Israel taken over by rabidly racist regime in which Avigdor Lieberman holds the balance of power. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1090366.html
So-called “conservatives” want to continue the disastrous Middle East policies of George Bush. I reject that approach. My friends in the peace movement in Israel have chided me for being an Obama critic, and on other matters I continue in opposition to Mr. Obama. But Obama appears to have understood that peace must come to the Middle East, and it can only come with a kick-in-the-pants from the United States. That is why the Andy Martin Peace Plan has now finally been brought to the forefront.
Recognition must precede negotiation. That is the only way to have a genuine negotiation. The United States must commit to deploying a peace force to help the parties work towards peace. The United States must accept a fully sovereign Palestine, not a Palestine that is an Israeli Bantustan with apartheid walls and racist roads. U.S. forces are already in Palestine. They can be scaled up quickly and easily.
We need to stop demonizing Arabs in our media and politics, and stop lionizing Israel as a democracy when it is in reality a regime run by current and former military officers.
“Peace” will not bring a complete cessation of violence. That must be understood and accepted in advance. Extremists on both sides will try to derail peace with desperate attacks on their adversaries.
Although I am a strong critic of the “Israel lobby,” I want to extend a warn and sincere congratulation to the way pro-Israel legislators have fallen in line behind President Obama on the need for a complete cessation of the Israeli invasion of Palestine. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1090066.html
Let us be honest, as the president has requested: there are no “settlers” and no “settlements.” These individuals are engaged in a forcible expropriation of Palestinian land in violation of International law. They were seeded in the West Bank for the express purpose of expropriation and military occupation.
I have been in Palestine pickling olives, and seen how the greatest threat to peace comes from armed invaders (“settlers”) who use violence and extortion as a means of perpetuating a terror regime in the West Bank. The Israeli Army had to guard and protect us from the “settlers.”
Finally, Hamas and Hizballah. The Andy Martin Peace Plan is the only way to defang both Iran and its clients Hamas and Hizballah. As long as the United States acts as a one-sided sponsor of Israeli occupation, there will be no negotiations, no peace and only endless conflict. An extremist pro-Israel U.S. policy encourages and legitimizes an extremist response by Iran.
Once the United States recognizes Palestine, and Palestinian borders, and places a U. S. peace force between the parties, American commitment to fairness and justice will be apparent. This time, we will truly be welcomed as liberators. Israeli force can never defeat Hamas and Hizballah. Only peace can defeat these organizations.
Likewise, the military junta that runs Israel cannot be displaced by Iran’s proxies. Only peace can defeat the extremists on both sides.
Six years ago, some Israelis convinced George Bush that the road to peace, “the road to Jerusalem, ran through Baghdad.” That was nonsense. America paid and is paying a high price for its folly. The road to peace in Jerusalem is in Jerusalem. Israelis have desperately tried to displace the indigenous residents of the city, who have lived there for hundreds and in some cases thousands of years. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1089730.html
On Tuesday night I watched Sean Hannity make the insane statement that 50% of Israelis want to start a war with Iran. Hannity’s claims are nonsense. They are insanity. Iran has never invaded anyone. I deplore the vile language used by Iran’s leaders. This language is reprehensible and has no place in the civilized world. If Iran wants to rejoin the civilized world, and I know that most Iranians dearly wish for that opportunity, they must ask their leaders to stop demonizing Israel. But I also know that as long as the U.S. is seen as an Israeli dummy, there can be no peace, only escalating danger.
I also know that once the U. S. demands peace, there will be an explosion of pro-peace support in Israel. Mr. Hannity should reenter the real world. Israelis have the most to lose if war breaks out.
And so, much to the amazement of some of my readers, I wish President Obama success in his efforts to bring peace to the Middle East. I wish both the Israeli and Palestinian people success. And I pray that Americans will have the wisdom and good judgment to use their formidable influence for peace, not war.
To the extent that the Israel lobby acknowledges that blind support for Israel is counterproductive, I will stand should-to-shoulder with pro-Israel Americans who want peace, not endless conflict and renewed war.
Six years ago when I was based in Baghdad I predicted that the big winner from the American invasion of Iraq would be Iran. Sadly, I was completely correct. But the response to a failed Bush policy should not be a failed Obama policy. We need to come together and work together because peace is the only approach that serves United States interests.
I first went to the Middle East forty years ago. Forty years later, matters are worse, not better. If Barack Obama and the Democrats are willing to bend the Israelis, I believe that Republicans should join with them on the issue of a need for a robust approach to peace.
President Obama has de facto adopted the Andy Martin Peace Plan. Now it is time for him to formally adopt it. My approach will bring peace not war, and deescalate tension throughout the Middle East.
The July 27, 2000 Andy Martin Peace Plan:
U.S. Senate Candidate Andy Martin Proposes Peace Plan to Avert War in the Middle East
MIAMI, July 27 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a telephone news conference Thursday, July 27th to propose a peace plan which will avert war in the Middle East. Martin will also criticize Hillary Clinton and President Clinton for “playing politics with peace.”
“I propose a peace plan that will avert war and bring peace to the Middle East,” Martin says. “Only the United States can avoid a war.”
“First, the President and Hillary must stop playing politics with peace. They are using the peace process to solidify the Jewish vote. This is not in America’s interest. America must remain neutral. America must put United States, not Israeli, interests first, last and always.
“I speak with considerable expertise on the Middle East. My family has been involved in the region for almost 100 years. My grandfather was one of the British liberators who marched into Jerusalem in World War I. My parents were involved in the Middle East, as was I. And I have contacts who follow the European Union and its internal workings very closely.
“First, we must recognize that we have a conflict with two horrible, historic victims.
“The people of Israel were victimized by the crimes of the Third Reich. It was proper for the United Nations to create the State of Israel. But in creating Israel, the U.N. took from a people, the inhabitants of Palestine, who had done no wrong to anyone, and who saw their homes taken, and their lives uprooted in a war not of their own making. The Palestinians are also victims. I am pleased that honest Israeli historians are now admitting these unpleasant facts.
“Second, the United States must stop pretending that Israel is ‘negotiating’ to give the Palestinians a state. The State of Palestine will not be created by Israel. It was created by the 1947 United Nations resolution. Israel is not giving Palestinians anything. Palestinians are recovering what is lawfully theirs.
“Third, extremist Israeli politicians must stop preaching theology to a secular world. God did not create the State of Israel. It was created by the United Nations. Israel itself is a creation of international law.
“Fourth, the United States must stop playing politics with Jerusalem. The laws passed by American politicians of both parties, pandering to the Jewish vote, ordering the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, violate International Law. At the present time Israel unlawfully occupies portions of Jerusalem. Until this illegal occupation is ended the U.S. would violate international law by placing an embassy there.
“My peace plan calls on the United States to create the State of Palestine by announcing, promptly, that on September 13, 2000, the United States will formally recognize the State of Palestine as encompassing all the land of United Nations Resolution 242 and the West Bank. By accepting the inevitable the president would regain and control the initiative.
“Resolution 242 is international law. Neither Israel nor the United States can pretend that international law does not exist, or seek to ‘negotiate’ an extortion of land from people who are protected by Resolution 242.
“Recently The New York Times carried a harrowing story of how Israel is committing mini-genocide against the Palestinian people by denying them water. It is tragic that a state that was created in response to the darkest horrors of humanity should stoop to these vile tactics.
“I know many Jewish people will think I am making extreme suggestions. I am not. If my plan is not implemented, here is what will happen:
“First, there will be a brief war in the Middle East. Israel will react unlawfully, as it has threatened to do, defy international law, and ‘annex’ land that does not belong to it. These acts will be nullified by the United Nations. Israel will be branded an outlaw state.
“Second, based on my information and sources, if Israel defies international law and annexes any part of the land covered by Resolution 242, the European Union will step to the fore and impose an embargo on Israel. To date the U.S. has been the leader in the peace process. But if the U.S. abdicates a meaningful, neutral role, the initiative will pass to the European Union.
“If the president does not stop posturing and do the right thing, he may not only precipitate a war. He may defeat his own Democrats. If war breaks out there will be another oil embargo. The economy will go into recession on the eve of the election. As an independent Republican I do not seek to profit from this horrible scenario. But if Clinton ignores my plan, he will destroy what remains of his legacy.
“The Twentieth Century saw the deepest, darkest days of humanity in the Third Reich. We must not begin the new millennium with a breakdown of international law,” Martin says. “I wish the People of Israel peace, I wish the People of Palestine peace, and I wish for the United States to bring peace, not war, to the Middle East.”
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