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Israel to Palestinians: Have We Got a Deal for You

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Posted on Sep 27, 2009
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Israeli soldiers prepare white phosphorus shells—chemical weapons—for use during the assault on the Gaza Strip in early 2009.

The Israeli government has conditioned the introduction of a second cell phone provider in the West Bank on one little thing: the Palestinian Authority withdrawing its request that the International Criminal Court investigate alleged war crimes during Israel’s assault on Gaza early this year.


Tensions are mounting between Israel and the Palestinian Authority following Ramallah’s call on the International Court at The Hague to examine claims of “war crimes” that the IDF allegedly committed during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. The issue is already weighing in on the relations between the leadership of Israel’s defense and security establishment with their counterparts in the West Bank, and is part of a growing list of Israeli complaints about the behavior of PA officials.

Meanwhile, Israel has warned the Palestinian Authority that it would condition permission for a second cellular telephone provider to operate in the West Bank—an economic issue of critical importance to the PA leadership—on the Palestinians withdrawing their request at the International Court.

The issue of a second cellular provider is at the center of talks between the PA, the international Quartet, and Israel, and has been ongoing for some months. Currently the sole provider is Pal-Tel, and the PA prime minister, Salam Fayyad, considers the introduction of another carrier as an important step in improving the civilian infrastructure in the West Bank. The project is central to Watanya, the company that is set to serve as the second provider, and profits are expected to be substantial.

However, if the project is not approved by October 15, the PA will be forced to pay a penalty estimated at $300 million, the sum that has already been invested in licensing and infrastructure.

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By Observer, September 28, 2009 at 1:27 am Link to this comment
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Now how much >sicker< can Zionist-Israel get with such a despicable,low-life demand ” .. withdrawing
that the International Criminal Court investigate alleged war crimes during Israel’s assault on Gaza early this year “. And that after slaughtering thousands of innocent people ?
It`s more than sick ! Even nauseating would still be an understatement.
The Palestinian Arabs were stripped of everything they owned due to the illegal Jewish immigration early this century.

Israel, on the other hand, was founded on terrorism. In fact, the first three terrorist groups in the history of the Middle East were Jewish. Yet it still gets a carte blanche to do as it pleases because a handful of Western nations are steadfast supporters.

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By Nozferatu, September 28, 2009 at 12:14 am Link to this comment

Seriously…the audacity and arrogance of these freaking jews….they are completely out of control.

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By Commune115, September 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

Norman Finkelstein said it best when he described Israel as a “lunatic state.”

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