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יום חמישי, 30 ביולי 2015

momentum Vs Status Que - Israel's approach(es) to THE CONFLICT 101

Since 1949 we can detect in the top Israeli leadership, two opposing attitudes regarding The Conflict: Status-quo Vs. Momentum. 

It is crucial to understand that it is not about left-right-opposition-coalition, even less so "Chairism", namely a quarell for the sake of it. 

No. If political history is to be taken seriously, the issue here is the clash between SQ & Mtum. After 1967 this clash became more acute, that is because the Six Day War created a whole new setting, very favorable to a viable peace process. 

Dayan was THE leader of the SQ, while Yigal Allon was pushing towards Mtum. Who won you might ask? It is a tricky question... 

on the one hand Israel signed a peace treaty with Egypt, the most important State in the neighbourhood. 

As opposed to known mythology, this peace was not a result of the so-called paradox by which "only the left can wage war and only the right can sign a peace treaty". 

No. The Camp-David accords of 1978 were an outcome of the Interim Agreement that was one of the most important achievements of Rabin's Government. 

Rabin and Allon managed to execute their Mtum, vis-a-vis the obstacles put by Shimon Peres, the succesor of Dayan not only in the Defence Ministry but a staunch SQ on his own merits (later, in 1993, he will do every thing to put Arafat in Ramalla to ensure SQ for another generation, our generation). 

So peace with Egypt on the one hand. On the other, this peace was created by Dayan (remember that he is Mr SQ?) in such way that every israeli knows the meaning of the term "cold-peace". 

So I let you dear readers to decide were to locate the actual Israeli PM in terms of SQ and Mtum. 

And yes, I know that there are more factors here. Yes, I know that Palestinians in general and their leaderships in particular are more than tough cookies, but I also know that you know that everybody knows which side is stronger hence has more options. 

And the options can be made in two opposing forms: SQ or Mtum. One last thing: while Allon never stopped in pointing the difference between the Palestinian people and the PLO, Dayan claimed that the PLO is the real authentic representative of the Palestinians, and "thank god" they are because it liberates Israel of doing any sort of political move. 

In a word, Allon's distinction meant the posibility of MOMENTUM. Dayan's notion on the other side of the ally meant Status Quo.

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