Israel successfully linked its interests with Britain; crafted its institutions and at times threatened Britain also but Arabs utterly failed in both ways
The birth of Israel has been purely an act of grave injustice because it created a colonialist settler state in the heart of Arab territory. As Palestinian people continue their struggle for their separate statehood, over the years Israel is becoming a challenge for the whole humanity to deal with because of its total disregard for the international norms and legal regimes. The very creation of Israel has engendered hostile neighborhood. However, it has lulled them into silence by either drubbing them in wars or signing peace treaties with them. Arabs failed to comprehend the intricacies of expansion plan of Israel.
The idea of the Palestine continues to hold ground. As Eqbal Ahmad, a great public intellectual calls it, because it represents the universal counterpoise to the greatest evil of our time; the idea of exclusionary and sectarian statehood. In fact, the fundamental contradiction of the Israel is that it is a ‘symbol of the suffering of humanity’. Commenting on the same theme another intellectual Edward Said, wrote it is because last great cause of the twentieth century with roots going back to the period of classical imperialism.
Zionist discourse and Palestine
Zionism has been able to maintain its hegemony because it has what Edward Said called “disciple of detail”. Even prior to Israel’s formation, the foremost priority of the Zionist leaders was that they worked within and without to create the structural framework of the new state. Israel successfully ‘linked its interests with Britain while simultaneously crafted its institutions to exercise freedom from it, and at times threatened Britain as well. But Arabs utterly failed in both ways. The Arab leadership conceded the role of midwife to Britain without an iota of goodwill. Zionism sets out on its ambitious mission with messianic zeal, ‘the agenda being to transform Palestine into Jewish homeland and establish its sovereignty over the land’. Those parts which Israel found unable to control were handed over the Palestinians and in this enterprise, they were helped by some of the leaders who came forward to extricate Israel from the violent albatross like Gaza as it was becoming extremely difficult for Israel to hold it. It isn’t that Palestinians are supported by groups with belief in the use of violence that makes Israel use violence and force against Palestinian people but rather from the very outset, Palestinians have been treated as a demographic threat to the Israel. In fact, this demographic advantage has been held out to be springboard of epistemic violence for Israel.
The moral bankruptcy in the Middle East nations is evident from the fact that largest demonstration against the Israel don't occur in this part of the globe but in Western nations. It shows compliance of the Arabs with the system that Israel has instituted.
The very first thing that Zionism did was to show us that the vast, green valleys, where Palestinian people had been living since last ten centuries, as a dry desert. It devalued Palestinian-Arab reality. To undermine the moral underpinning of the Palestinian cause, Israel has portrayed itself as underdogs, striving for survival, and Arabs as non-human two-legged beasts. Zionism has internalized imperialist perspective on the natives and their territory; it relied heavily on the West’s racism and its deep prejudice about Islam in order to establish the Palestinian inferiority.
Like the European imperialist, Zionism also saw Palestine as an ‘empty territory paradoxically filled with ignoble or perhaps even dispensable natives’. It allied itself, as Chaim Weizmann quite clearly said after World War I, with the imperial powers in carrying out its plans for establishing a new Jewish state in Palestine.
The intention to create the Jewish homeland is to cause the disappearance or subordination of the Arabic population, culture, and language. Zionism first attempted to minimize, then to eliminate and finally to subjugate the natives as a way of guaranteeing that Israel would not be simply the state of its citizens (which included Arabs, of course) but the state to the entire Jewish people. Over the passage of time, the leading Arab states have either become indifferent or hostile to the original victims and close to Israel. Israel's has succeeded in gaining legitimacy not only for the state but for the violence it unleashes on Palestinians.
Author is a Lecturer, Political Science