So, Clinton met with the terrorist FM of Israel yesterday. We won’t meet with a Palestinian government that includes (democratically elected) Hamas, which we have labeled terrorists, but that is debatable, but a card carrying honest to goodness Israeli terrorist and bigot who is a living example of the policy we oppose (himself being an illegal settler of Nokdim) is perfectly welcome on official visits. Makes no sense. Guess it’s the unbreakable bond. But, when that bond is tied to a weight that is determined drown you, it’s time to break out the bolt cutters.
It’s always about demographics, Jewish majorities, politically correct ethnic cleansing (transfer, absorbed by another Arab country, etc). The UN and international law means nothing. Except the part that legitimizes Israel’s existence. That they want to uphold, but that stuff about equal rights, borders, etc for others? It’s all garbage. Or a mirage.
"We really don't have any intention to change the demographic balance in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank]," he said.
"As President Obama, Senator Mitchell and I have said, we want to see a stop to the settlements," she said.
Stopping and freezing is nice, but dismantling, bulldozing, chasing settlers back to Israel or Europe or Russia or where ever they’re from is more like it. That would be justice. That would make a Palestinian state a reality rather than just talk and stall tactics.
I found this bit rather interesting. Israel doesn’t have to abide by international laws and agreements to which it is a signatory because why? I wonder how we are responding to this tidbit? Israel- a country of law. That’s becoming a bit of a joke. Who really believes that now?
From June 17, 2009 Democracy Now:
1979 State Dept Ruling: Israel Settlements "Inconsistent with International Law”
Meanwhile, new attention is being paid to a State Department opinion issued during Jimmy Carter’s administration regarding Israeli settlements. In 1979, a State Department legal adviser issued an opinion that stated the establishment of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories is “inconsistent with international law.” The opinion cited Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that an occupying power “shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” The legal opinion has never been revoked or revised. On Tuesday, Israel’s newly appointed ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, claimed that Israel does not have the ability to halt all settlement building.
Michael Oren: “This is a country of law, and citizens of the state of Israel have rights under that law. And if a person has purchased a house, if a person has taken out a contract for building a house, if a corporation is involved in a construction activity, the Israeli government does not have the right under Israeli law to stop them. And if it tries to, they will appeal to the (Israeli) supreme court, and my guess is, the supreme court will view in favor of those appellants.”
The future of the Israeli settlements is expected to be discussed at today’s meeting in Washington between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman lives in the West Bank settlement of Nokdim.
This article might shed some light on the "laws" Oren is talking about, but it is still clear that many more violate even Israel's laws than they will ever admit.
Lawsuit brings murky West Bank land deals to light