Israel moet stoppen met het uitbreiden van nederzettingen in bezet Palestijns gebied en
streven naar directe vredesonderhandelingen om een einde te maken aan het conflict, meent
Een derde intifada dreigt en het aanzien van Israel in de wereld is gekelderd.
De recente ‘ridicule’ oproepen van de regering aan Israeli’s om het ‘andere’ Israel aan de wereld uit te leggen, kunnen een serieus beleid gericht op een doorbraak in het vredesproces niet vervangen.
Een mening waarin elke onbevooroordeelde waarnemer zich in kan vinden, denk ik.
Maar zij is tegengesteld aan die van zionisten in Israel en de ‘Israel lobby’, die streven naar
Eretz Yisrael=Groot Israel. Daarin is geen plaats voor een Palestijnse staat, laat staan een met Oost Jeruzalem als hoofdstad. Hun ‘Hasbara’-propaganda werkt niet meer.
The U.S. administration will not put a lot of effort into the upcoming indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, opting instead to focus on the November Congressional elections, according to an internal Foreign Ministry report that was distributed to Israeli diplomatic missions abroad.
The classified report claims that in the preparatory discussions for the Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks the Obama administration adopted positions that are closer to Palestinian demands.
"The recent American statements point to the adoption of wording in line, even if partially and cautiously, with Palestinian demands in regard to the framework and structure of negotiations," the report stated. "Still, the [U.S.] administration is making sure to avoid commenting on its position on core issues."
U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell arrived in Israel last night for what is expected to be a final series of talks before the official announcement of the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in an indirect format.
The proximity talks are to continue for four months. They will involve Mitchell going between Jerusalem and Ramallah, relaying messages and responses, or, alternatively, talks in either Washington or Europe. ..
The visit to Israel this week by U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, along with American Middle East envoy George Mitchell’s meetings here, testify to the United States’ readiness to not miss the opportunity to advance the peace process. The latest American diplomatic effort comes on the heels of the Arab League granting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas qualified "permission" to conduct indirect talks with Israel – which also represents an important gesture on the part of those countries that have signed on to the Arab peace initiative.
On the other hand, a recent Israeli Foreign Ministry report indicates that the U.S. administration has no intention of expending too great an effort to achieve a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that the Obama administration’s positions are closer to those held by the Palestinians than to Israel’s stance.
Israel and the Palestinians must decide which of the two perspectives they will embrace: either the view that hope is still not abandoned, or the one that dampens expectations entirely. If Israel intends to do nothing more than evade responsibility for the failure of the peace process and placate the U.S. administration until the expiration of the settlement construction freeze, it would be better not to launch the indirect talks at all. Every past diplomatic step that turned out to be nothing more than another exercise in evasion only served to push the peace process several substantial steps backward, leaving in its wake great despair and frustration that gave rise to more violence.
Israël is medeschuldig aan de slechte pers die het land wereldwijd krijgt, vindt Bert de Bruin. Zolang de regering haar beleid niet serieus verandert, zal het imago van Israël ook niet beter worden.
The Israeli prime minister apparently believed that by conducting two-track negotiations he could make things coalition-friendly: to both espouse the slogan "two states for two peoples" and sabotage the Palestinians’ ability to set up their state; to both embrace Vice President Joe Biden and give the U.S. administration the finger; to both ask the administration to get Mahmoud Abbas back to the negotiating table and put thumbtacks on his seat once he’s there.
Judging by the statements of Benjamin Netanyahu and his associates, even now that the American flamethrower is aimed right at him and Israel, he still believes that everything was a misunderstanding, and if he asks nicely to be forgiven or launches an inquiry into what happened, all his transgressions will be absolved…
The government headed by Netanyahu is now emerging as a strategic threat. It is essential to remove that threat by adopting an open and responsible policy that will include an undertaking to withdraw from the territories and a total freeze on construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. We must also set a final date for the conclusion of negotiations.
Ludo Abicht merkt terecht op dat Israël er niet aan denkt op te gaan in een binationale staat. Ook de Palestijnen zijn kwasi unaniem om niet samen te leven in één staat met moordenaars en kolonisten die hen al decennia het leven zuur maken…
A Matter of Timing – Uri Avnery’s Column
It’s all a matter of timing. The Government of Israel has insulted the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, one of the greatest “friends” of Israel (meaning: somebody totally subservient to AIPAC) and spat in the face of President Barack Obama. So what? It’s all a matter of timing.
If the government had announced the building of 1600 new housing units in East Jerusalem a day earlier, it would have been OK. If it had announced it three days later, it would have been wonderful. But doing it exactly when Joe Biden was about to have dinner with Bibi and Sarah’le – that was really bad timing.
The matter itself is not important. Another thousand housing units in East Jerusalem, or 10 thousand, or 100 thousand – what different does it make? The only thing that matters is the timing.
As the Frenchman said: It’s worse than criminal, it’s stupid…
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
April 10, 1979
March 16, 2003 (aged 23)
|Alma mater||Capital High School, The Evergreen State College (TESC)|
|Home town||Olympia, Washington, United States|
|Parents||Craig Corrie, Cindy Corrie|
Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who was killed by a bulldozer operated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) while attempting to prevent IDF forces from demolishing the home of local Palestinian pharmacist Samir Nasrallah. According to the New York Times, Corrie and others were acting as "human shields." A student at the Evergreen State College, she had taken a year off and traveled to the Gaza Strip during theSecond Intifada. The details of the events surrounding Corrie’s death are still disputed.
"Breaking The Silence:" Testimonies Of
"Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that collects anonymous testimonies of soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifada." They recount experiences that deeply affected them, including abusing Palestinians, looting, destroying property, and other practices "excused as military necessities, or explained as extreme and unique cases."..
Israel’s toepassen van massaal militair geweld tegen de militair (oneindig) veel zwakkere, maar politiek moeilijk te onderwerpen, verzetsbeweging Hamas in Gaza, paste in haar nieuwe ‘Dahiyah Doctrine’. Volgens deze doctrine mogen bijv. dorpen van waaruit op Israel of Israeliers wordt geschoten, als vijandelijke stellingen worden aangevallen zonder onderscheid te maken tussen militaire- en burgerdoelen…