The US position is what it is and will change only when more Americans are made aware of the Zionist damage to US public and economic interests. The Israeli position is also predictable until more Israelis can transcend their brainwashing. What is less understandable and more disturbing is that we still hear the same rhetoric from the two "Palestinian authorities" which have no authorities and whose terms in office expired nearly three years ago: Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank. Some "leaders" of these factions reserve their most bitter verbal and even physical attacks against the other faction or anyone who might question the status quo. Hamas "security" beat women in Gaza protesting for unity and Fatah "security" regularly arrest and imprison Hamas activists in the West Bank or even normal ordinary citizens who they suspect are not agreeing to their policies. This included one of my own students who missed important lectures as he was being questioned by fellow Palestinians.
Absent a reasonably responsible leadership that puts the Palestinian cause ahead of factional and financial interests, this leaves most Palestinians desperate and frustrated. Decent people are in all Palestinian factions but they are afraid to speak out within their own faction. But then again, I say the Palestinians need to stop looking for salvation from current leaders, from Obama, from the Arab Spring or from anyone else. The 1936 uprising started when the young people took to the streets despite the bickering Nashashibis vs Husseinis of that era. It is time to do what young people have always done: depend on themselves unencumbered by the baggage carried by the older generation. I see this spirit in the young when I browse facebook pages in Palestine. We need to only put our own necks out and also help our children show courage to liberate us all from the corruption that has become like an illness spread among families and among factions. History will not be kind to those of us who join the corruption nor will it be kind to those who are apathetic and sit and wait.
Relevant links for today:
Kairos Palestine: Christians of the Holy Land ask you to act this advent/christmas
What Zionism means to Uri Zakheim
Israel is responsible for "price tag" attacks, not just a few settler extremists Philip Bato
Israel Doubles West Bank Settlements Budget http://www.roitov.com/
Palestinian Fighter killed In Gaza, Seven Palestinians Killed Since Saturday Evening
The Rothschild family wealth was critical in the formation of Israel. Money still directs interests of wealth Zionist leaders who profit while poor Israelis and millions of Palestinians suffer. For a background on the family, see http://youtu.be/DYCCB0Q7xUw
Still having "joyful participation in the worroes of this world" and inviting you to come visit us in Bethlehem, the birthplace of the prince of peace
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD