Press TV has conducted an interview with Alan Hart, a journalist and researcher from London, to take his view on Amnesty International’s demand for an end to unlawful killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces.
The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Give us your opinion on the recent reports released by Amnesty International.
Hart: All the calls [from the world] for Israel to end its criminal actions will not change anything on the ground. They should add to the growing global awareness of what a monstrous state Israel has become.
But Israel would reply in its normal way and would in effect say to Amnesty, “I’m the world, go to hell.” I wonder...if you’re aware of the most amazing statement that Netanyahu made just a day or two ago to the Senate foreign relations committee.
He said: “I am asked if we will live forever by the sword. Yes!”
That is of course a signal for unending conflict, which I fear, I’ve said on your program before, is most likely to end with a final ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
Press TV: Mr. Hart, what has to happen to change the status quo in the occupied Palestinian territories?
Hart: To face the fact that the Palestinians have no leadership. The Arab world doesn’t give a damn, I mean the regimes. And there is no sign that any of the NATO powers are going to use the leverage they have to even try to cause Israel to be serious about peace on terms that Palestinians can accept.
So, I see no end with just continuing conflict. And I tell you this much. Many years ago when I was reporting to television – for the BBC’s Panorama program – in one of my many interviews with Golda Meir, when she was prime minister. She made to me the statement that in a doomsday situation, Israel would be prepared to take the region and the world down with it. I thought then that she wasn’t joking, I still think today that it is not a joke.
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