1967 must not be the only reference point for Israel’s colonial presence | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

1967 must not be the only reference point for Israel’s colonial presence

Various Israeli politicians over the years have justified settlement expansion as being necessary for peace. The Oslo Accords facilitated this propaganda with an interminable “interim” period during which settlement construction has continued unhindered. The definition of “peace”, meanwhile, has largely been left to Israel and the US, with the UN following tacitly behind, despite its multitude of resolutions declaring settlements to be illegal under international law.

The Palestinian Authority’s adherence to the Oslo Accords, essential to safeguard its structure and existence, is also a key component, to the ongoing detriment of the Palestinian people.

Ahead of US envoy Jared Kushner’s visit to Israel, 6,000 new settler homes were approved for construction in Area C of the occupied West Bank. In June, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman opined that Israel has “the right to retain some, but unlikely not all, of the West Bank.” Support for Israeli violations keeps growing thanks to US intransigence and UN silence.

Meanwhile, the PA is still framing its opposition to settlement construction as Israel’s attempts to “undermine the two-state solution”. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh might as well declare that settlement construction is an obstacle to the international diplomacy that blocks Palestine’s anti-colonial struggle. Hiding behind such weak euphemisms to extol the international community is harming Palestinians, as Israel expects it to do.