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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Obama Netanyahu meeting - July 6, 2010

So many reasons for one secular bi-national state...

Obama said the U.S.-Israeli bond is “unbreakable.”

How is a statement like that about any country in our best interests? Unless the other entity is trigger happy and not as democratic as we’d like to believe… perhaps we are scared, not stupid.

Netanyahu said:

I’m committed to that peace.” And he said that reports of the demise of the U.S.-Israel relationship are “flat wrong.”

How committed can you be if you can't hardly bear the two state solution? Unless he really wants a peace prize, I don't think the guy has shown he has much interest in the process.

Netanyahu wants to have talks without preconditions. (Never mind those and these he set on the final outcome- recognize Israel as Jewish with all the implications that holds, the Palestinian "entity" will have no army, demilitarized, no control over airspace and borders- in effect, a legal occupation, not an actual state) I guess that’s alright if you’re the one in the driver’s seat, the one with the food and water and freedom of movement and all that. Not so great for those watching the one in the driver’s seat create facts on the ground (stealing and carving up land that is supposed to be your future state) while saying things that make the American President smile affectionately.

Saeb Erekat makes a good point:

“We want to resume direct negotiations, but the problem is that the land that is supposed to be a Palestinian state is being eaten up by settlements,” he told The Associated Press. He said the Palestinian demand that Israel halt all construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and resume talks where they broke off in 2008 “are not conditions, these are obligations.”


I have 20 posts tagged “settlements” if you look to the right of the blog for more on this precondition.
Or click here, here and here for a few.


Apparently, Israel has a lot to be thankful for. We won’t press them on nuclear transparency or the NPT, we pushed back on those pesky calls for an investigation into the flotilla massacre, we pushed through an Iran resolution. And we praised them for “restraint” on settlements. (??) Good job on doing slightly less illegal activity- you didn’t stop or dismantle anything, but great job. And the two lived happily ever after. The End. What? Oh. Right. Palestinians…. Hmm… To be continued. If we have the time. Or if there’s land after Israel gets finished making facts on the ground.


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