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Posted on Jan 10, 2008
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President Bush sums up the progress made in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.  He appeared Thursday at a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

President Bush, commenting Thursday in Jerusalem, spoke out in favor of the creation of an independent Palestinian state. He followed that strong suggestion with another: financial compensation for Palestinian refugees forced to leave their homes in areas that are now part of Israel.


BBC:

Mr Bush said in a statement: “It is vital that each side understands that satisfying the other’s fundamental objectives is key to a successful agreement.”

He said this would require:

  * secure recognised and defensible borders for Israel
  * a viable, contiguous, sovereign and independent Palestinian state

He added: “Agreement must establish Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people.”

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By driving bear, January 13, 2008 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

First off the days of the world forcing Jews to live in a Ghetto that gentile powers want to is over.

Second their are no Palestinian refugee from Israel.
The Palestinians left because they were told to by Arab and Palestinian radio during the 1948 war so they would be out of the way for the Arab armies to kill the jews and drive them into sea. 60 years later the jews still have dry land under their feet.

3rd UN resolutions do not call for Israel to pull out of all of the west bank they state that the final border is ” to be negotiated”

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By Robert, January 13, 2008 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment

June 13, 2007

An Interview with Hedy Epstein
“I Was Not Prepared for the Horrors I Saw”
By SILVIA CATTORI

“Hedy Epstein, 82, was born in Germany in 1924(1). She was the only child of parents who died in the Nazi extermination camps. She is a tireless worker for human rights and for the dignity of all people.

Hedy decided to visit Palestine in 2003. She returned terribly shocked with what she had seen there, women and children defenceless, Palestinians locked up into ghettos, an entire people brutalized.

She had learned to love the people that she met, and was determined to tell the world of the injustices she had seen. Palestinians were being dispossessed of their land, removed from the homes that they had lived in for centuries. Nothing that anyone has done, no protests that have been made, has made Israel stop its treatment of the Palestinians. In fact, it has become worse every time Hedy has returned.

So,she is joining other human rights advocates who are sailing to Gaza on the boat, FREE GAZA(2) to demand justice for the Palestinians, and a correction of 60 years of oppression by the Israelis.

Silvia Cattori: Your entire life has been devoted to justice. But, since 2003, you have increased that commitment by advocating for justice for the Palestinians. I understand you are going to take some risks to make the world aware of the crimes perpetrated against them!?

Hedy Epstein: I was invited to join the Free Gaza boat by the organizers, and I feel honoured that I was invited to join (3).

Silvia Cattori: Entering the waters of Gaza with Palestinian, international, and Israeli peace activists is sure to be a wonderful project; but it won’t it be full of tension? Are you not anxious about participating in such an expedition?

Hedy Epstein: Of course, I have some concerns. But, does life insure that nothing will happen to me? You know, tomorrow morning when I get out of bed, I might feel so sleepy that I’ll trip over my own feet and fall down and break my back. So what am I going to do, remain in bed for the rest of my life? No.

There are no guarantees in life. Perhaps no one should put herself in a situation that’s dangerous. But my participation is a small contribution that I can make compared to the sufferings that the Palestinians endure every single day. And, if by doing this, we can tell the world what is happening there, then it’s worth going. I’m 82 years old, and I have lived, most of the time, a good life. Let me make a contribution before it’s too late.

Silvia Cattori: This boat going to Gaza coincides with the 60th anniversary of the departure from Marseille of the EXODUS. Don’t you think it’s somewhat controversial to be in a boat sailing to the same place as the EXODUS?

Hedy Epstein: No. What I’m doing is what I believe in, and what I stand for. In some quarters, especially in the mainstream Jewish community, it looks like I’m a traitor, a “self-hating Jew”. Nonsense. I don’t hate myself. Several years ago, the editor of a Jewish weekly newspaper said to me that I shouldn’t have gone to Palestine. Instead I should have gone to Israel to volunteer in a hospital where people were being treated for injuries as a result of a Palestinian suicide bombing.

And I said I’d be happy to volunteer, but if I did help in an Israeli hospital, would he go with me to a Palestinian hospital and help people who have been injured as a result of what the Israelis have done? He was appalled. “In Palestine?” I said, “Yes, you can, I have been there, so you can go there also, and when you do that, then I will be happy to work in your hospital.” That was several years ago, and I have never heard from him yet.”

Click on link/URL for the rest of Hedy Epstein’s interview and her TRUTH:

http://www.counterpunch.org/cattori06132007.html

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By cyrena, January 13, 2008 at 11:32 am Link to this comment

Expat,
Thanks for the link. It says it all…the reality of the past 40 years or longer. And, I’ve taken this quote from it, because it too, says it all, and why there has been no progress, and why we cannot expect to see any, as long as the Institutions that are tasked with these responsibilities are consistently undermined by the US and it’s support for Israel’s continuing and lawless aggression..
•  He said the UN had not failed in its attempts to resolve the conflict, but had been “deliberately frustrated by the United States and Israel because they use it to serve their objectives and set aside its resolutions when they conflict with their aggressive and expansionist ambitions”.
This is it. And, it will not, and cannot be resolved, until the US stops assisting in it. The UN IS equipped to resolve the conflict, IF and ONLY if the US backs out entirely, and Israel has no choice but to deal, and follow the rules of the world, as they’ve been set down, if they want to survive themselves.
But, as long as the US (the strongman till now) continues to prop them up, and allow for the conflicting double and triple standards that have convinced Israel that they don’t HAVE to follow any laws, then it will be what it is.

The irony, (at least as I see it – and it’s a very sad one) is that the whole damn system will need to collapse entirely, (which means us) to the extent where we are no longer in a position to wield this kind of influence, at which point the UN can possibly do it’s job. As bad as that is, it will resolve more than just that conflict, but it will resolve the very raison d’état for the real or perceived problems with ‘extremism’, as it has been ‘founded’ upon this conflict.

Wahhabism (and all of the others) aside, those who would fool themselves, (and others) intentionally or otherwise, into believing that the ills of the world are driven by extreme ideologies are ignoring the root cause, and it lies at the heart of this conflict.

Jackpine Savage, You explained this so well. There’s a difference between not knowing, and intentionally ignoring. As exemplified by our current leaders, there is an arrogance that goes with the ignorance on the part of most Americans. That kind of arrogance, combined with the proud to be ignorant, (actually the same) equals the hubris, which eventually results in the destruction.

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By jackpine savage, January 13, 2008 at 8:50 am Link to this comment

I’m reminded of Alan Watt’s dissection of the word “ignorant”.  It so often gets confused with a passive state of not knowing, but its built so obviously on the active verb “to ignore.”

We Americans are indeed ignorant of the world, and it stems from our superiority complex.  That complex is strange considering that many Americans are actually proud of their ignorance.

Good luck, and god bless America…we’re gonna need it.

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By Howard, January 13, 2008 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

Pentagon Sacks Specialist on Islamist Extremism - Bill Gertz (Washington Times)

  Stephen Coughlin, the Pentagon specialist on Islamic law and Islamist extremism, has been fired from his position on the military’s Joint Staff, following opposition to his work by pro-Muslim officials within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England.

  Coughlin is one of the U.S. government’s most important figures in analyzing the nature of extremism and ultimately preparing to wage ideological war against it.

  Pentagon officials have initiated an aggressive “outreach” program to U.S. Muslim groups that critics say is lending credibility to a budding support network for Islamist extremists, including front groups for the radical Muslim Brotherhood.

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By weather, January 13, 2008 at 7:09 am Link to this comment
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the one they tell themselves.

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By Frostedflakes, January 13, 2008 at 6:41 am Link to this comment

RIDICULOUS, INDEED!!!!!

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By Frostedflakes, January 13, 2008 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

driving bear:
  What kind of racist zionist zealot are you? All life is valuable. Walls do not save people, walls are just another means to oppress people. And what is your correlation with rainfall and the land grab that became Israel? I know that you’re not trying to infer that this has something to do with divinity? And “bomb the beaners”? Dude, lighten up. You can always apply to Blackwater, but I doubt you believe your supposed convictions that much.

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By Expat, January 13, 2008 at 5:14 am Link to this comment

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/88D0079D-658D-40F3-AB3B-BD0555F526A1.htm

We need to get a clue about the world we are so egregiously screwing with.  As Americans are so provincial, they have no clue about the wider world they are so ignorant about.  Above is a link to a review of what the Arab press think of Bushes ‘visit”.

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By driving bear, January 12, 2008 at 11:36 pm Link to this comment

FYI
since the state of Israel was born again in 1948 rainfall has increased in the holy land.

As for nukes Israel has about 400 of them compared to the 10,000 of the USA .

As for walls Israel uses them because they are too humane to kill the Palestinian animals like every other nation on the planet would do.
Also the wall saves the lives of Palestinians.
Since most terrorist attacks are of the suicidal type each attack prevented saves at least 1 Palestinian life. Since the wall was built terrorist attacks are down over 90%.

Israel one flaw is that it has been too kind to the palestinians. For example during 2007 the palestinians fires 3500 rockets and mortar shells at Israel from Gaza. If for example Mexico were to fire only 3 at southern Ca the American people would demand that Bush kill every bean-er south of the Rio Grand.

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By cyrena, January 12, 2008 at 11:07 pm Link to this comment

Curious about how they’re even improving the WEATHER!!

Now, that IS impressive!!

So, I guess the only other question is, since they’re so wonderful, and have made all of these accomplishments, (in a mere 60 years) why do they need all of OUR money, and why are they so damn SCARED, and have to live with a nuke under every bed, and shut themselves up behind walls, when they aren’t otherwise occupied with murdering adults and babies?

So, this is PROGRESS, eh? And for WHOM is it an ‘inspiration’? Is it inspiring to be the most hated nation on the globe, second only to their chief sponsor? (and maybe not even 2nd to us)

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By Louise, January 12, 2008 at 9:17 pm Link to this comment

Quote of the Week: 20.12.07

http://lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com/news/2007/12/quote-of-the-we.html

“The best thing is that you’re not obliged to follow any laws or rules. You feel like you are the law. You are the law. You decide. It’s as if the moment you leave Israel and pass through the Erez Checkpoint into the Gaza Strip, you are the law. You are God.”

(מה שהכי חשוב זה שזה מוריד ממך את העול של החוק. אתה מרגיש שאתה החוק. אתה החוק. אתה הקובע... כאילו מהרגע שאתה יורד מהמקום שנקרא ארץ ישראל ונכנס לתוך מחסום ארז לתוך רצועת עזה, אתה החוק. אתה אלוהים. )

- comment by one of the IDF soldiers interviewed by Israeli psychologist Nofer Ishai-Karen. Cited by Dalia Karpel in an article entitled The Person Who Gets People To Talk, published in Ha’aretz’s Hebrew edition on 21 Sept 2007, but did not appear in the English edition.

The quote is posted beneath a photo of an IDF soldier slicing the tires on cars that belong to Palestinians. U.S. aid paying for crummy hoods to vandalize.

But that’s not all they do ...

How To Get Away With Murder
A twelve-step program

http://lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com/news/2004/10/how_to_get_away_1.html

In this case, shooting 16-year-old Asma and her 13-year-old brother, Ahmed through the head because they made the mistake of being on the roof of their own home. I sincerely hope these madmen never have occasion to come help “police” the United States. Scary thought.

And finally, how come so many highly placed officials in the government of the United States hold dual citizenship in Israel and the U.S.?

Personally I do not want to be a citizen of Israel. The United States is my country, and that’s where I place my allegiance. So I wish those who favor support for Israel over doing the right thing for the United States would get out of my country, quit trying to run my country, and just move to Israel. And stay there!

And by the way, why do so many in congress, in government, in the media, in the so-called Christian church ... and here ... favor support for Israel over support for what is best for our own interests?

Allegiance to a foreign nation first. Allegiance to the extent where we pay for their wars. Put our nation in peril to keep them secure. Go to war for them and place our own military in peril for them is treason. Pure and simple.

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By felicity, January 12, 2008 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

So they will buy our weapons (with our money of course.)  They get the weapons and our military-industrial complex gets ever richer and thus more politically potent. Neat little circular scam pulled off in broad daylight with nary a peep from Washington power players.  And our voices?  Pay up and shut up.

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By Howard, January 12, 2008 at 7:27 am Link to this comment

NOTEWORTHY, INDEED.

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By Frostedflakes, January 12, 2008 at 6:52 am Link to this comment

re: The fact is that the great impediment….

Obstinacy? Please. If only Americans shared that same trait we would not allow our own so-called elected officials to manipulate and deceive the populace. What are an oppressed peoples supposed to do? Just lie down and be trampled upon? If nothing else, after all that continues to happen to the Palestinians, obstinacy appears to be a good choice.

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By Frostedflakes, January 12, 2008 at 6:39 am Link to this comment

Ron Paul may understand the logic of non-intervention,but he carries alot of other damaging baggage that is just as bad as the other “repugs”.

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By Frostedflakes, January 12, 2008 at 6:34 am Link to this comment

Also there is Dr. Michael Lerner, who publishes Tikkun, but of course he is considered a self-loathing jew for speaking out on the atrocities of Israel.

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By Frostedflakes, January 12, 2008 at 6:29 am Link to this comment

I guess it’s an inspiration no matter who else suffers? And if it’s so noteworthy, what’s with the walls and passageways and why is the U.S. annually sending BILLIONS of taxpayers dollars?

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By Howard, January 12, 2008 at 5:41 am Link to this comment

Israel is a country of with a booming economy; an energetic, enterprising people with ( for the most part ) a clear-eyed approach to national security; flourishing arts and sciences and universities; ever strengthening Jewish insitutions, as the government monopoly on religious affairs is incresingly marginilized; improving cuisine, architecture and even weather.

Notworthy for a young country 60 years of age. An inspiration, indeed.

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By Howard, January 12, 2008 at 4:02 am Link to this comment

UN Security Council Condemns Attack on UN Vehicle in South Lebanon, Rocket Attack Against Israel (United Nations)

  The Security Council Thursday condemned the Jan. 8 attack targeting the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which wounded two peacekeepers and damaged their vehicle.

  The Council also strongly condemned the rocket attack launched against Israel on Jan. 8 from Lebanon.

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By P. T., January 11, 2008 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment

Actually, they are capitalist class operatives, as their background makes clear.

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By Paolo, January 11, 2008 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment

As a libertarian, my view of the Middle East is that it’s none of our business to choose how Palestinians and Jews resolve their conflicts. That is entirely THEIR problem. The sight of George W. Bush, who screws up everything he touches, trying to solve a complex problem like this, is truly comical.

Look, if we want Middle Eastern oil, it’s cheaper just to BUY the damned stuff—rather than pay several billion a week to occupy Middle Eastern countries and steal their oil.

Only a government operative could think it makes sense to invade nations on the far side of the globe, try to referee inter-tribal squabbles we know nothing about, and then hope to get some oil at a reasonable price from nations we have thrown into total chaos.

Hands off! Get OUT of the Middle East entirely! “Friendly and open relationships with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”

By the way, Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who understands the logic of non-intervention.

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By P. T., January 11, 2008 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

Zionist attacks on and in Palestine dwarf Palestinian retaliation.

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 11, 2008 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

By Jeremy Martin, January 11: “Strange that you think Palestine is the Jewish homeland….”

Is it right for millions of innocent people to rot in refugee camps for 60 years so that Europeans (Jews) can have their own homeland? I think not either, Jeremy Martin, and if you had read some of my posts on previous Palestine/Israeli topics, you would have seen that I have made that point too.

I was merely being generous in stating that the three religions could share….. obviously, though, it is something that the Zionists have no intention of, whether they be religious or not. One thing for sure, you won’t get any honesty in these topics unless you post it yourself. You’ll soon see why….....

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By cyrena, January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

Actually,

There HAVE been a few American Jews who have come out and done this, (Norman Finklestein comes to mind, but he’s not the only one). Still, you know what happens to them when they do.

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By reason, January 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

Hmmmmm….. Bush has done such a good job for this country he thinks he can promote the same in Palestine?
Personally I think the issues he is facing here in the U.S. are so bad and his duplicity so obvious, he is more comfortable Palestine.

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By cyrena, January 11, 2008 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

Louise,

Very insightful. wink

Don’t worry about your forgotten lottery ticket. I’ll get you one whenever I can hobble to the store to get one myself.

The prize will be GW in lock-up. Then peace will break out.

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By weather, January 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment
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Now here’s a country that could have easily dovetailed its standing on the World’s stage as an honorable and esteemable player. Today Israel is held in Global contempt, - that is remarkable given its only 50yrs. old.

While this sad consequence is really an indeliable result of Israel’s actions,  the acrimony has infected America now too.
What’s really tragic, is that we have yet to see an American Jew of any respect and standing come out and confront the fulminating arrogance and brazen deceit that is Israel - I assure you if Ireland, Italy, Germany or Poland ever spied, cheated or manipulated like Isreal has and does,  any of those Countries mentioned would have had a backlash from here in the states that they would have felt.

As long as Israel thinks they can run over a 19yr.old American girl in cold blood w/a bulldozer and get away w/it - Israel and Jews all over World will never enjoy a real Peace and they’ll have absolutely no one to thank but themselves.

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By Howard, January 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

No one will promise—let alone assure—that when (and if) Israel withdraws from 90% or 96% of the West Bank the land it has left will not be turned into platforms from which rockets and missiles are launched against the population centers of the Jewish state…and against strategic positions like Ben Gurion International Airport.  What then will the next American president or the one after counsel the Israelis to give up?

The fact is that the great impediment to peace with Israel is the fanatic obstinacy of the Palestinians.  Does anyone have a strategy for negotiating with that?

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment

By lilmamzer, January 11: “You fret about spelling in the interest of being “polite”, but post after post you spew hateful, bigoted, and truly foul things.

What a strange one you are, lilmamzer - our little Jew on Truthdig. What’s up with that? Well, try your own hateful Zionist oppression of the people you know have a right to the land your lot live on in Israel desperately supported by donations of $billions from Jews in the West (war crimes, uhh)  http://poetryforpalestine.spaces.live.com/

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By Jeremy Martin, January 11, 2008 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment
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Strange that you think Palestine is the Jewish homeland. Ancient Jews came out of the Sinai and conquered (ethnically cleansed) part of the area from the Canaanites, etc - and the kingdom of Israel existed less than a century. Then after WWI, blonded haired blue eyed European jews who have no bloodline to the so-called real jews, came in hordes escaping europe, and were quite successful in ethnically cleansing the land a 2nd time.

Regardless of these bogus claims, there is no dispute that the Palestinians lived there for a millenium, and were innocent civilians subjected to this onslaught. Is it right for millions of innocent people to rot in refugee camps for 60 years so that Europeans can have their own homeland? I think not - and this is how most of the world feels too.

Perhaps some honesty in this situation will eventually lead to peace.

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By driving bear, January 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment

Go back and read history from a non Nazi history book. First off Egypt broke the cease fire when they blockaded the Israeli port of Eilat , FYI a blockade of a port is an act of war under international law. As for Jordan before the 1967 6 day war the Jordanian Army was firing on west Jerusalem with both mortar and sniper fire , again breaking the cease fire and restarting the war.

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By lilmamzer, January 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment

Chalmers, you write: Strange how lilmamzer, January 11 could post “Whatever the fuck that means….” and I wrote the “F” word with @ and # between the f and the k just to be polite but it came out as “f�k;them” with a vertical bar between the f and the k.

Truthdig is SO full of shit!!

You fret about spelling in the interest of being “polite”, but post after post you spew hateful, bigoted, and truly foul things.

What a strange one you are.

And you forgot to say “uhh” this time. What’s up with that?

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 11, 2008 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment

Strange how lilmamzer, January 11 could post “Whatever the fuck that means….” and I wrote the “F” word with @ and #  between the f and the k just to be polite but it came out as “f�k;them” with a vertical bar between the f and the k.

Truthdig is SO full of shit!!

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By Louise, January 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

“US President George W Bush has said Israel must end its occupation of some [some?] Arab land to enable the creation of a viable Palestinian state.”

Now isn’t that just precious?
Mr. Bush wants us to know ...
He really, really, really does care.
Honest Injun!

He says,
“Palestinian refugee families should be compensated, rather than returning to former homes in what is now Israel.”

What a sweetie. Just because someone got away with stealing someone else’s home doesn’t mean they shouldn’t pay for it ... somehow. Like give ‘em enough money to put up a tent in ... wherever they are.

He says,
[There must be] adjustments to the pre-1967 boundaries “to reflect current realities”

This is what you might call a kinder, gentler way. Stop moving those walls out and you can keep all the stuff you’ve already snatched and grabbed.

And of course Palestine must get rid of all those nasty old terrorists. [But Israel can keep theirs.]

Yes siree ...
Mr. Bush really, really, really does care.

Un-huh, oh yeh ...

Maybe this is the moment that defines his legacy.
Maybe peace will break out all over the Middle East.
Maybe I’ll win the lottery tonight.

Oh crap ... forgot to buy a ticket!

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By Frostedflakes, January 11, 2008 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

They may not have stolen the land, but they sure as hee practice apartheid.

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By Juba, January 11, 2008 at 10:17 am Link to this comment
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It’s funny how Lizmanzer and his ilk rewrite history to back up their Zionist views.

The vast majority of Jews who live in Israel are ethnically German (Ashkenazim Jews), and are not Semitic at all.

The Palestinians on the other hand have resided in Palestine since ancient times, and are in reality more “Semitic” (ethnically and linguistically Semitic)than the Israelis.

Under the pretense used by the Zionists, American Indians could invade Manhattan, throw out the New Yorkers and set up a Native American homeland.

Of course no one would ever allow this to happen because it’s simply absurd. But it’s less absurd than allowing European Jews to take land that “used to be theirs” because their historically inaccurate bible says it’s theirs.

For backers of Israel use these tired arguments that fly in the face of logic and history is silly. Just admit that might makes right-the only historical axiom that is correct here-and leave the revisionist history out of it.

Unfortunately however, the Jews are there to stay, and a two state solution is the best bet possible under the circumstances. Of course Bush isn’t the man to do it, as we’ll all see shortly.

Juba


To the webmaster-Truthdig’s new comment format sucks. It is simply indecipherable-I can’t even tell who is quoting who-and I’m sure I’m not alone. You should seriously consider switching back to the old format.

I’ve registered here twice-and still I’m not recognized when I try to log in.

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By P. T., January 11, 2008 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

Of course, Israel steals the indigenous Palestinians’ land.  Whose olive groves and homes do you think they bulldose for illegal settlements?

On ethnic cleansing, Israel has created many Palestinian refugees—as many as they thought they could get away with.

As for 1949, Zionist leaders had already made clear their intention for further land grabs.

And, of course, Israel started the 1967 war with an attack on Egypt, with whom Jordan had a defense pact.

So you really need to come up with some better lies.  Yours are too transparent.

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By Blackspeare, January 11, 2008 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

The one thing that will happen with Barack Obama being a viable candidate is that it will delay any serious movement in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

We already know that Israeli has little to gain by a settlement at this time and the Palestinians will see in Obama a person with perhaps a more sympathetic view to their cause or the converse with less sympathy for Israel. Even the Syrians have said they will wait for the next US administration before making any overtures.

In any event, the Obama phenomena will delay any meaningful negotiations. And currently Bush is making a whirlwind tour of the ME to create an impetus for peace——I’m afraid he’s on a fool’s errand, but it looks good in print!!!

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By GW=MCHammered, January 11, 2008 at 9:16 am Link to this comment
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As though from the pages of Mad Magazine, the entire middle east crowds in dumbstruck, straitjacket peace before a single man posturing at a podium. It’s Bush Fudd, kissing cousin to Elmer.

BUSH FUDD: Okay, you quazy wabbits. Be vewwwy, vewwwy quiet ‘cause dis messwege is impotent. I want dis wacky weewigous bitch-swappin ovew now. Gottit! My daddy says I need some wegacy befoe I weeve office. And I a-a-a-hways wisten to my daddy, heheheheh.

The middle east crowd rustles uneasy and causes a small earthquake. Bush braces himself against the podium.

BUSH FUDD: I’m hew today ‘cause I’m hunting tewowists. It’s account a dem and dat quazy Iwan dat I dwove hew in my cah, and when I tuwned on de wadio ... now bwace yewsewf ...

BUSH FUDD BREAKS INTO SONG:
(Counting Crows - Mr. Jones)

We aww wanna be big big staws, but we got diffwent weasons fo dat
Bewieve in me, ‘cause I don’t bewieve in anytwing
and I, wanna be somewon, wanna be somewon, to bewieve—

But sudden silence as Bush Fudd’s wide-eyed stare draws toward the sky. The middle east crowd’s eyes drift skyward too. And what do they see? Hundreds of screaming missiles aimed right at them!

Closeup on one missile shows an American flag and: “B-FUDD, YOUR IMPEACHED!”

BUSH FUDD: Fwuk wegacy ... Won fo yo wives!

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By lilmamzer, January 11, 2008 at 8:08 am Link to this comment

By Douglas Chalmers, January 10 at 11:15 pm

The idiots in the Bush administration still can’t see that Israel is a home for the Palestinian people just as Palestine is a home for the Jewish people. Its the SAME land!!! One “homeland”, three religions…... all Abrahamic in their roots.

Israel is the national homeland of the Jewish nation and only the Jewish nation. Real “Palestinians” are Jews. The so-called Arab Palestinians are ethnically Hashemite, Syrian, Arabian, and Egyptian Arabs whose homelands have already established their sovereignties with varying degrees of legitimacy. They should go back to those countries and do themselves and everyone else a huge favor.

And here’s an “uhhh” just for you, Chalmers. Whatever the fuck that means.

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By driving bear, January 11, 2008 at 7:33 am Link to this comment

First off Israel did not steal any land from the Palestinians. After the 1948-49 war of independence a cease fire line was established commonly referred to as the green line. The Palestinians and the Arab world refused to recognise this as a the final border because they still had hoped of wiping Israel off the map so they only agreed to a cease fire line. Also note that no peace treaty was ever signed between Israel and any Arab or Palestinian body at the time. After 1949 the west bank became part of the state of Jordan
So in essence in 1967 war which Jordan started was a continuation of the 1948/9 war of independence.

When Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1994 the agreement stated that except for Ramallah and Jericho which was to go to the PA the rest of the west bank was to be under ISRAELI control.

So Israel did not steal 1 inch of Arab/Palestinian land.

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By driving bear, January 11, 2008 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

Cyrena You are the one full of crap

First off if Israel wanted to ethnically cleans the west bank or Gaza they have the military power to do it in less that 40 days. However in 40 years they have not. So Israel has no intention of doing so.
Please you and your fellow Nazi come up with some new material.

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 11, 2008 at 12:15 am Link to this comment

By catoutofthebag, January 10: “I can’t imagine the Israeli government has ever had enough respect for Bush they would do anything other than play him as needed….. how out of touch with reality he really is…”

Pay them and piss them off….... give them some few acres of barren land to squat on. In other words, f�k;them, who cares, we’ll still do what we want, uhh!!!

The idiots in the Bush administration still can’t see that Israel is a home for the Palestinian people just as Palestine is a home for the Jewish people. Its the SAME land!!! One “homeland”, three religions…... all Abrahamic in their roots.

Of course, Bush’s religion is “man was made for the (black) Sabbath”, not the Sabbath made for Man, uhh.

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By cyrena, January 10, 2008 at 11:43 pm Link to this comment

Ah!! That’s just what I was gonna say!!

He’s such a liar. How or why would anybody pay the slightest bit of attention to him?

I mean come on, he’s just now getting around to this outrageous lie, after 7 years of claiming that Israel had every right to continue their land grabs and ethnic cleansing?

He is SO full of shit!!

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By P. T., January 10, 2008 at 11:22 pm Link to this comment

Bush and Olmert want the illusion of progress on a settlement of the Palestinian issue.  It is hoped that might help get the Arabs to go along with the belligerent policy toward Iran.

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By catoutofthebag, January 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

I can’t imagine the Israeli government has ever had enough respect for Bush they would do anything other than play him as needed. That he thinks he has enough cred to get them to reverse their 40-year-old Palestinian policy is further proof of how out of touch with reality he really is.

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By P. T., January 10, 2008 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

Source?

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By lilmamzer, January 10, 2008 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment

Justice demands compensation and reparations for the more than 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim countries expelled and forcibly dispossessed since 1948.

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By P. T., January 10, 2008 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

Bush has already said that Israel can keep the land stolen from the Palestinians, as if it were Bush’s to give.  And Israel continues its settlement building, with financing from the U.S. taxpayer.  It’s all a hoax.

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