Joint List Chairman Ayman Odeh said he would be willing to consider joining a center-left coalition, prompting a response from Israel’s centrist party that reveals the true face of those who hope to replace Netanyahu.
I do not know whether Joint List Chairman Ayman Odeh is a diligent paramedic or a doctor preparing for the long-term treatment of a 72-year-old patient suffering from chronic illnesses such as racism and Zionism. In either case, the patient is suddenly showing signs of life.
All it took was a single interview with Odeh with a top journalist in one of Israel’s largest newspapers last week, in which the member of Knesset said he would join a center-left coalition under certain conditions, to throw his party directly into the lion’s den of Jewish Israeli electoral politics.
His first condition for joining the coalition was that the government would work toward ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state. This should sound familiar to both Prime Minister Netanyahu — who committed to those very ideas in his Bar Ilan speech — as well as the Labor Party.
But in today’s messianic State of Israel there is no such thing as “ending the occupation” or, God forbid, “peace.” There is annexation, settlements, closure, and managing the occupation under the guise of Trump’s so-called “deal of the century.” There is not a single Zionist party in Israel who speaks about removing settlements or even freezing settlement construction. Odeh’s condition should have taken the option off the table.
Odeh said that under a center-left coalition that would include the Arab parties, Palestinian citizens of Israel would no longer be second-class citizens. Wouldn’t this, as the Balad party has long advocated, be the state of all citizens we all want so badly? After all, the “citizens” Odeh represents also want to be able to rule the country. What’s wrong with that?
Unfortunately, Odeh’s vision is unfounded, since the Jewish state is unwilling to allow its non-Jewish citizens to take part in ruling. After all, the mechanisms of the state were built and maintained in order to preserve pure Jewish sovereignty. Balad quickly made clear that it would oppose any government run by what it called “occupying generals,” distancing itself from the leader of the...Read More