I was standing at attention during the speech of the new prime minister, and he did not have the attention to notice me
Posted On August 6, 2021
I was sitting at attention as the new Palestinian prime minister was being sworn in, when he suddenly turned to look at me and said, “I am standing at your attention.”
I was so surprised, I had to go and ask for my seat.
It was like being asked for a seat in a movie theater and then having to sit in a theater full of people, who were sitting there as well.
The fact that he turned around and looked at me was not something I had expected, but when you are standing at someone else’s attention, you want to be standing at their attention.
It felt like I was the one being ignored, but I was in the prime minister’s office, and I felt more at ease because I knew I was at the center of it.
The prime minister did not appear to notice that I was not there.
And so, I thought, “Oh, well, at least I am there.”
I felt like, “Ah, that is not the way to do this.”
He did not seem to notice, and that was what I really needed.
I do not know what happened to me.
I did not ask for a meeting.
It happened very quickly.
At the time, I did have a meeting scheduled with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Abdullah Bishara, to discuss the Palestinian peace process.
But the conversation went off the rails.
He turned around, looked at the camera, and said: “The prime minister is going to speak.”
It was a surreal moment.
I was very happy to be there.
I had a great time.
But it did not happen the way I wanted.
There were people at my table.
The president of Israel was seated at the table next to me, and the prime minster was sitting in the other seat next to him.
And then, I was left alone.
I just started thinking, “Well, this is not what I want to do.”
I think it is a little bit unfair that I am the only person there, and it is the prime person that was there that took the initiative.
But I am not a politician.
I am a journalist.
It is a political act.
And that is why I wanted to be part of this process.
I want everyone to know that it was not the person that said: I want you to go sit at my desk, but it was the person who stood up and took action.
There are people at the White House, at the State Department, at other offices that are still working on a Palestinian peace agreement, and these people will not be there forever.
And if I want people to know the reality, I need to go on the record and tell the truth.
At this moment, the world is watching, and for a very long time I have been looking for a way to speak to them.
It does not seem possible to be able to do that, but at this moment I am going to say it anyway.
I know that I can do it.
I have the energy, and my team has the energy.
I feel like we have been doing a lot of work over the past few weeks.
I will say that I have worked with the White house, the State department, and even the National Security Council, the people that I know from the State of Israel.
I spoke with the secretary of state, and she also said that the Israeli people and the Israeli government are very interested in the talks.
There has been a lot about the talks, a lot more than what was on the agenda, and we have a very good team working on it.
We are working hard.
And it has come down to me and the people I have met.
So I know this is something that can happen.
The United States has not yet reached a peace agreement with the Palestinians, and this is the only country that has, so far, given us a peace deal, but Israel has not.
I believe that the Israelis are committed to a two-state solution.
And in the past two years, we have reached a historic agreement on the borders, and on the boundaries between the territories.
I think there are areas where there is progress, where there are negotiations going on, and then the Palestinians are still very much at war.
So, I am confident that we will be able at the end of this negotiations to get the borders right, to achieve the two-State solution, and to get back to peace.
I hope that everyone will know that Israel is committed to the two state solution, which will be a permanent and absolute Jewish state on its border with the Palestinian territory.
There will be no Palestinian state without Israel, and no Palestinian government without Israel.
And all of the international community should come to Jerusalem to meet with me and with my team, to tell me that this is how we are going to achieve a two state-