Netanyahu is now claiming opposition to illegal West Bank settlements is ethnic cleansing. This Al-Jazeera article goes into what he really means by this and how he specifically equated Palestinian citizens of Israel that the right wing has been unable to truly ethnically cleanse (or force out by severe discrimination) and illegal settlers who have been given support of their state to build on Palestinian property, thereby stealing more land.
If, as Netanyahu claims, "societies that demand ethnic cleansing don't pursue peace", what does that say about Israel, a state founded on the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland in 1948?
Ha'aretz is said to be much much more liberal in the English version than the Hebrew, though I cannot verify that myself. The headline is great though! Netanyahu's claim of 'Ethnic Cleansing' Sets a Guiness Record For Chutzpah. There is added Israeli perspective there that he may be talking crazy to divert attention away from building a railroad on Shabbat. This article recognizes the absurdity, though I don't know that this is the consensus in Israel. . .
Reuters is giving us the US response, some would say unusually strong. Inappropriate and unhelpful? A verbal reprimand, a statement of the obvious without calling their unhelpfulness by it's name, a violation of international law and demanding any corrective action or compensation?? That is rough? Oh, and they did question Israel's long term goals and the possibility that Israel's policy can lead to unlimited expansion. Ya THINK?!?! But instead of a thank you, Captain Obvious, we get cries of anti-semitism.
At the end of the article, we are assured that this is only a tone change, not a policy change and so what we just said makes no difference whatsoever to anything or anyone. We are still as ineffective and biased as ever. U-S-A! Go us.
And this blog as always is great:
Lots of quotes from the State Department, it's interesting, if meaningless. More facts than ever are stated outright, which is nice, though nothing more than pandering to Israel will be done, as usual.