During the past eight years, George Bush allowed Israeli leaders to do as they wished under the pretense their actions were in the interests of “security” even though many violated international law. George Bush was the greatest enemy to the people of Israel because he supported actions that made peace in the Middle East impossible to achieve. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made clear a new administration is in power in Washington which intends to achieve Middle Eastern peace and this requires Israel to adhere to agreements and the law. Clinton sharply criticized the Israel decision to demolish homes in Arab East Jerusalem which she noted was a violation of Israel’s international obligations. “Clearly this kind of activity is unhelpful and not in keeping with obligations entered into under the ‘road map.’ It is an issue we intend to raise with the government of Israel and the government at the municipal level in Jerusalem.”
Palestinian leaders continually make clear the expansion of Israel housing on the West Bank destroys efforts to achieve peace in the region. These houses violate international law and make difficult the work of Arab moderates to achieve peace. Israel must evacuate all housing on the West Bank and reach out to Arab leaders in order to achieve peace in the Middle East. Hillary Clinton is for the first time in years proving to Muslims there is an even-handed approach to the Palestine-Israel conflict and she is urging more aid to Gaza.
Many Israelis will be upset at Clinton. They fail to realize George Bush did Israel more harm than any prior American president because he set no limits on what Israel could do. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are the true friends of Israel!
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad urged the European Union not to upgrade relations with Israel because of lack of progress in Middle Eastern talks. There are rumors the European Union is discussing upgrading its relations with Israel which concerns Fayyad who says to do so is rewarding Israel for obstructing the process of peace. He pointed out the humanitarian crisis that exists in Gaza and failure on the part of the Israel government to West Bank settlers. “The message you will be sending to the Israel electorate is that the EU will upgrade its relations regardless of Israel’s behavior.”
The prime minister makes solid points concerning mistakes being made by Israel on the West Bank and it approach to dealing with Gaza. However, nothing is gained by keeping Israel at arm’s length. The greater is Israel’s involvement with the EU the greater it will become committed to work for peace. Get them into the tent of peace, don’t let them cluster outside becoming angry.
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