- Created: Thursday, 30 April 2009 14:16
- Written by Bob Shepherd
Despite the appalling slaughter of over 120 Palestinians during the first week of March, the Zionists remain unable to destroy the resistance of the people of Gaza. Rockets continue to be fired into Israel; ominously from the standpoint of imperialism, demonstrations in support of the beleaguered people took place in the West Bank and in Israel itself. The Zionists are no nearer to destroying the democratically-elected Hamas government, and nor are Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah allies able to extend their writ beyond the West Bank. Instead there is now talk of a possible cease-fire. Bob Shepherd reports.
Last November’s Annapolis peace conference was supposedly the start of a process to end the ‘Palestinian– Israeli conflict’ and establish a viable Palestinian state by the end of 2008. They said all the Palestinians had to do to make this vision a reality was to reject Hamas and its resistance to the Israeli occupation. The imperialists would help by delivering some real economic benefits to the Palestinian people on the West Bank and so bolster the position of Abbas and his illegitimate, unelected government. The ‘benefits’ of Abbas’s collaboration with imperialism and Israel could then be contrasted to the supposed ‘failures’ of Hamas’s resistance strategy in Gaza.