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June 15, 2010

The Helen Thomas’ Resolution by Gilad Atzmon

Those who are engaged in the Palestinian solidarity discourse are familiar with two visions of conflict resolution: the ‘Two State Solution’ and the ‘One State Solution’. This week we have learned about a third possible resolution that seems to me the most reasonable and ethical considering the circumstances.

Helen Thomas, the 89 years old doyenne of the White House press corps, sketched it in one sentence. When asked by a Rabbi holding a camera: “where should Israelis go”, she said Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine”. When the Rabbi challenged her, she made it plainly clear: “they should go home to Poland, Germany, America and elsewhere”

Thomas was quick to be reminded who runs Capitol Hill. A global war was declared against her. She had to resign and to apologise. However, her brief yet transparently clear solution is sound and should be elaborated upon.

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Abbas denies Haaretz report that he had asked Obama to prevent the lifting of the naval blockade on Gaza.

…a report in Haaretz that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had told U.S. President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Washington that he opposed the lifting of the naval blockade because such a move would bolster Hamas, the rival of Abbas’ Fatah party.

However, Abbas’ spokesman issued a denial on Sunday in response to the morning’s report, explaining to the Palestinain Wafa news agency that the Palestinian president had told Obama that the lifting of the blockade on Gaza was like the peace process in the sense that “the president [Abbas] has raised the demand to lift the blockade in all his meetings with world leaders.”

“The world should take advantage of the events of the Gaza flotilla to push Israel to lift the blockade and end the suffering of Gaza’s inhabitants,” The spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaina, added.

Meanwhile Sunday, Middle East envoy Tony Blair said he hoped to see movement in the next few days on easing the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

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