Tag Archives: West Bank settlements

UK To Israel-Cease Settlements!

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband strongly condemned Israel’s policy of constructing settlements on the West Bank and termed such action as “illegal” and representing an “obstacle” to peace. According to Miliband, “settlements are illegal in our view and an obstacle” that impedes efforts to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israel. He also made clear the UK supports creation of an independent Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem. He also warned that any alternative to the two state solution would only result in conflict and make impossible a peace agreement. Meanwhile, the Egyptian government asked the international community to halt efforts by Israel to alter the demographic composition of who lives in Jerusalem in order to drive out Palestinians and ensure that Jews are the majority in the city, including East Jerusalem.

At some point, the people of Israel have to make an historic decision. Is there goal establishing a Jewish state regardless of how this is interpreted in the world and even if it means the end of a possible peace with Palestinians? Or, is their goal establishing the basis of peace in the Middle East which includes respecting the rights of the Palestinian people.

Ironically, for centuries Jews were the object of hate and discrimination. Now, who is one fostering hate and violence?

FM Lieberman Says No To Honest Evaluation

Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told an his nation’s counsul general in Boston, Nadav Tamir to resign because he sent an internal memo to his superiors outlining mistakes being made and the need to become more engaged in the peace process with Palestinians and the United States. According to the mouth who roars nonsense, “If someone is not happy and can’t live with government policy, the way is not to criticise and leak but to resign.” I was under the impression an intelligent government encouraged subordinates to offer critiques and suggest new policies.

On the other hand, Lieberman obviously has nothing but praise for Eli Yishai, the interior minister, who publicly stated “you cannot tell us we must not build within the settlement blocs” and insisted these buildings were necessary for “security, (and)national interests. The proposed buildings he referred to include 3,000 apartments, hotels and sport centers. There is no question Israel needs sport centers for its security.

Anyone who cares about the Israel people should hope they get rid of the Netanyahu government and its chief loud mouth, the thug who now has the position of foreign minister.

What Exactly Was Agreed On At Annapolis? Confusion Exists!

The confusing tangle regarding West Bank settlements continues to baffle all participants since apparently Palestinian leaders have a completely different interpretation from what the Israel believes was agreed upon at Annapolis. To add to mass confusion, no one appears clear at this point as to the position of President Bush. State Department spokesperson, Sean McCormack told reporters “I’m not going to get into interpretations at this point.” He said what was agreed upon at Annapolis will “play out over time” and eventually all parties will finally understand the exact nature of what they thought was a final understanding. Although both sides agreed to follow the road map, President Bush “changed the obligations that are spelled out in the road map,” according to former US Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk.

The key issue that supposedly all accepted centered on expansion of West Bank settlements. The Palestinians assume Israel agreed to suspend future expansion of West Bank settlements since Bush stated his goal was “ending settlement expansion.” However, the government of Ehud Olmert’s interpretation is Israel can proceed to build further housing units as long as they don’t take new territory to do it. Olmert has stated he was instituting a freeze on new settlements, but so far this year 603 new housing units have been built in the West Bank. One can only wonder if George Bush ever grasps the importance of using precise language during diplomatic negotiations that all parties understand. Apparently, he doesn’t have a clue.