What Would a Palestinian Leader Say to Congress?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, May 20, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received 29 standing ovations during Tuesday's speech in front of Congress in part for his praise of America's foreign policy. There was major applause following this statement: "Congratulations, America. Congratulations, Mr. President. You got bin Laden. Good riddance.” However, Netanyahu held firm against the idea of returning the borders to 1967 lines. What does this mean for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process? And what if a Palestinian leader were to address Congress? How many standing ovations would they receive? Diana Buttu, a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, was a legal adviser to the Palestinian Negotiating Team from 2000-2005.

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A Palestinian leader addressing Congress could start by describing the unique relationship between America and Palestine. Does history suggests that the Palestinian leadership supported every enemy the United States has had from Hitler to Saddam Hussein and every one in between? How did their people react to 9/11 and why did Hamas mourn the demise of Bin Laden? Did the Palestinian leadership for decades seduced their suffering people to join the massive Arab world in a war of conquest against America's tiny ally which is the only democracy in the region? After every defeat and every effort to reach a compromise, did the Palestinian leadership choose war for the region which cost the lives of Americans and her allies? Despite all this did the US provide millions of dollars of aid to Palestinians and encouraged its allies to do the same while desperately trying to broker a peace deal and build a decent nation called Palestine? And still the US is lectured on how they do not understand and are not doing enough?
Some would say that the Palestinians are blessed to have Israel as an enemy and the USA as a benefactor since both nations for years have provided a fortune in aid to a people that are hostile to them. When has that happened before? This "special" international relationship where for decades the defeated make demands and the victorious beg for peace is something unrivaled in world history.

May. 25 2011 09:04 AM

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