Thursday, May 19, 2005

PALESTINE HAS NEW POWERFUL FRIEND

Hu and Abbas
Hu and Abbas honor and dignify each other in public

The Chinese push to line up a web of interlocking alliances and accords and trade agreements is historic and astonishing and amusing to witness particularily since 90% of this activity is deliberately hidden from the American people by our own media which considers this to be a non-story.

It is the biggest story. Bar none. Bigger than anything else going on right now. Tracing this activity and understanding what it means is very important. The latest conquest without firing a shot: Palestine.
Visiting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas received the pledge from Chinese leaders to provide economic aid health care and housing by the signing of five bilateral agreements yesterday in Beijing. Abbas, on his first three-day state visit to China since taking over from the late Yasser Araft in January, held talks yesterday with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan.

President Hu said the Chinese Government and its people supports the "just cause" of Palestinians, saying the way to establish an independent Palestinian state is to conduct political negotiations on UN resolutions, and resume the Road Map peace plan.

China is basically going to be the primary sponsors in the Security Council for the Palestinians. This is going to be a formal relationship whereby the Chinese will directly funnel Palestinian political demands into debates in the Security Council. This puts China at total odds with the USA who is the primary sponsor of Israel. This sponsorship also means that Palestine, who lost the sponsorship of Russia when the communists there fell, is no longer friendless and easily pushed around. What is more, the sponsor of Israel owes tremendous sums of money to the sponsor of Palestine. This is a fun thing indeed.
He said to build an independent state, Palestine needs practical financial assistance from the international community. Abbas also visited the Beijing urban planning centre earlier yesterday. Yin said "the tour showed Abbas's desire and preparation to build and design his city rather than fight with Israel."

Premier Wen Jiabao told the Palestinian visitor the two countries should expand human resources development and training, adding China is willing to help Palestine nurture even more professionals.

Abbas said in an interview prior to his arrival that he hoped China could contribute more to settling Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In recent years, China has sent its special envoy Wang Shijie to the Middle East several times in an effort to move forward the peace process.

This means China will integrate Palestine within its growing Co-Prosperity Sphere. America has put all its energy into promoting Jewish colonialism. The Chinese are not trying to colonize Palestine so the potential for conflict is near zero and the benefits of accord are high. Connecting this with China's new bilateral relationship with Iran and one sees clearly how they are exploiting the rising tide of Antiamericanism in the Muslim world. American unpopularity is making diplomacy there nearly impossible for us.

The BBC, for example, carries the usual dreary news from Palestine. As the Jews who forcibly colonized huge tracts of tiny Gaza are being slowly forced out by the Israeli government, tensions rise as the radical rightwing settlers resist and the Palestinians, sick and tired of all this, retaliate as per usual.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - on a visit to East and South Asia - has warned that the situation is so sensitive that "a very tiny spark" could trigger a major new round of violence.

There has been relative calm since a ceasefire was declared but the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in February. "We must act in a more aggressive manner than we have so far," Deputy Defence Minister Zeev Boim told Israeli public radio.

"Until now, we have acted with moderation and restraint because we want to have calm in the run-up to the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, but it is conceivable to proceed with the evacuation under fire," he said.

Nearly always when there is a fracas the Israelis hit back at will. No one can stop them since, until this week, Palestine had been pretty well isolated with no real allies. This is rapidly changing. This editor expects Abbas to return with a series of initiatives and actions that will alter the way Palestine has reacted to events. Previous to this, all they could do was rage. He has to bring down the rage and the repeated comments in China about peaceful resolutions and strengthening Palestine are designed artfully to reassure as well as warn. Namely, this is no longer a war and it is up to the Israelis to pull out swifty. So far, the Israelis have been groping for excuses concerning this pull out which moves with glacial speed. They imagine they have all the time in the world.

This is a delusion.
(Israel) will maintain control of the borders, airspace and coastline of Gaza, which is home to about 1.5m Palestinians.
Culture of Life News is predicting that this "control" will not last very long. If the Chinese move in aggressively to build alongside the Palestinians, one thing they will not allow will be Israeli interference. The first thing that will happen is the establishment of a large port and airfield to accomodate the potential trade. China is willing to take a loss on this trade for the value of this will lie not in money but in setting up and controlling a very valuable stone on the international Game of Go.

By the way, right after 9/11, Bush went to the UN and suddenly announced he supported the creation of the State of Palestine and since that day, nothing but death and misery has been poured up the Palestinian people. It is altogether too sad that the Knight on the White Horse is China, not us. We could have developed a sane state building relationship since we bankroll Israel and therefore hold the strings to power there. A lost historic moment and not the last by far.
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