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Netanyahu Says Settlement Feud Could Put Peace Talks on Ice

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Posted on Mar 23, 2010
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On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to Washington, where he warned that the current controversy over Israel’s settlement plans for East Jerusalem could stall the Mideast peace process.  —KA

Reuters via The New York Times:

“We must not be trapped by an illogical and unreasonable demand,” Netanyahu told U.S. Congressional leaders during a Washington visit, according to his spokesman. “It could put the peace negotiations on hold for another year.”

The Palestinians retreated from their agreement to begin indirect, U.S.-mediated peace negotiations with Israel two weeks ago after it announced plans to construct 1,600 homes for Jews in an area of the occupied West Bank annexed to Jerusalem.

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By Calabashe, March 27, 2010 at 10:05 am Link to this comment

“The “Peach Talks” were already dead but the corpse gets a shock of electricity to make it jerk around but it isn’t alive.”

You mean like what they’ve been doing with Arik Sharon? (Sorry - PBUH)

The following link is to a very informative resource site begun by Dr. Hanan Ashrawi. Maps in particular that show the best visuals available.

The dispute over East Jerusalem (al Quds) is not just a matter of bragging rights to an artificially created, unilaterally annexed modern city limit that no country on the planet recognizes. It’s an attempt to cut Palestine’s largest population center and by extension, the state in two.

It also subjugates a 1/4 million Palestinians to continued apartheid - like Israeli only roads and an unequal justice system, for example. Building permits are issued only to Israelis. Palestinians are the niggers - in its worse sense - of the Zionists.

The Arab League is saying colonial expansion deeper into occupied al Quds, ei the E1 project designed to close the noose, might be the last straw. Gen. David Petraeus (Cent-Com) has acknowledged Israel’s activity is directly threatening troop security.

But the Zionists keep on taking just as the National Socialist went after the Sudetenland.

Don’t believe me. Check out the maps.

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By Night-Gaunt, March 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment

The “Peach Talks” were already dead but the corpse gets a shock of electricity to make it jerk around but it isn’t alive. It was in fact aborted in 1948, if not still born. How can you speak of something if it is alive when it never has been? The point of Israel was to force out all Arabs; Islamic, Judean and Christian!

How can you play a clean card game when the winner (Israel), the owner and dealer (USA) and the mark (Palestine) are playing a rigged game? You don’t and you can’t. Simple in that way. We need a clean game with everyone on the same level or nothing good will happen for Palestine. It will just be starved, beaten and cut up till it is nothing but a blood smear. Then that will be bull dozed and nothing will show they ever existed there.

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By omop, March 24, 2010 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

Several comments by individuals who carry dual passports/citizenships
(US/Israeli) who claim that Obama is trying to conduct “regime change” in Israel
are that it may be better to have “regime change” here in the US.

  No need to wonder about their loyalties.

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By nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney, March 24, 2010 at 10:04 am Link to this comment
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Soon the whole world will know about the 5 dancing Israelis arrested in NYC on 9/11.
Dancing Mossad

Let’s dance
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues

Let’s dance
To the song they’re playin’ on the radio

Let’s sway
Let’s sway under the moonlight
The serious moonlight

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By Nozferatu, March 24, 2010 at 8:30 am Link to this comment

I plead to Netenyahu to continue doing what he is doing.  I really really do.

I sincerely hope, from the bottom of my heart, that Israel is digging a hole for itself so freaking deep that it’ll never ever get out of it.

It’s about time and so overdue.

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By ofersince72, March 24, 2010 at 8:12 am Link to this comment

Whe shouldn’t the isreali president feel ballzie

president elect Obama stood silent while isreal

was spreading phosphorus and clousters all over

a trapped civilian population !!!!!!!

this health care bill may have saved a presidency
but it didn’t save a life….

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By omop, March 24, 2010 at 7:09 am Link to this comment

Israel is spitting in the eye of its only benefactor the USA and the only media
mentioning IT is in Israel.

“Israel has no real intention of quitting the territories or allowing the Palestinian
people to exercise their rights,” wrote Israeli political commentator Gideon Levy
in Ha’aretz last week.

“Israel does not truly intend to pursue peace, because life here seems to be
good even without it. The continuation of the occupation doesn’t just endanger
Israel’s future, it also poses the greatest risk to world peace, serving as a
pretext for Israel’s most dangerous enemies.”

“No change will come to pass in the complacent, belligerent and condescending
Israel of today.”


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By john from ojai, March 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment
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Israel is a nuclear armed, apartheid nation that routinely breaks international laws and is committing a war crime blockade on the innocent children of Gaza. They ignore the war crimes of the Goldstone report and the pronouncement of the International Court of Justice which says that East Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian territory. Stop funding this rogue nation with more than $7 million a day of U.S. taxpayer money. Boycott, Divest and Sanction.

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By P. T., March 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment

Israel needs to get within its legal (pre-1967) borders and end its rogue state status.

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By Russian Paul, March 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment

I don’t think this is a slap in the face, neither side is serious about a 2 state
solution, so the US lets Israel do what they want, it’s a mutually beneficial
relationship. Since they have to publicly support 2 state solution, sometimes it can
give the illusion of tension between US and Israel. But all these events are
probably agreed upon in advance.

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By Calabashe, March 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm Link to this comment

“There is no peace process.  There is a process of Zionist expansionism.”

Spot on PT!

Bibi: “Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our Capital.”

Well sorta, kinda. In a sense there are 3 Jerusalems. The old city, the modern Israeli city and occupied al Quds, which is being squeezed out by settlement colonies.

Jews have a vow that goes something like theirs hands and eyes falling out if they forsake Jerusalem. When that vow was made neither the Israeli modern city nor occupied al Quds existed.

IMHO, the old city IS the third temple in its entirety and should be part of Israel as long as all of Abraham’s children are allowed to worship there.

Occupied al Quds (a.k.a. East Jerusalem) is a Palestinian population center. Bush’s April 14th letter cannot be construed as to ignore Palestinian population centers.

I remember another Bibi-ism in which he compared the “barrier” to a fence on the Mexican border. Mr. Prime Minister, our fence is not 30’ tall, dotted with gun towers or is located just north of Acapulco.

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By PatrickHenry, March 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment

Netanyahu’s blatent arrogance toward our President, whether you like Obama or not, is a slap in the face of every American.

Our schools teach us that Americans are a people who work hard, believe in the rule of law and live by our agreements.  Capitalist fundementalism.

We expect the same from our “close friend”, those whom we have protected, aided in war and defended in the court of world opinion when everyone was out to get them.

Now we get stabbed in the back by that “close friend” who in the blink of an eye has torn up signed agreements, engaged in activity against civilians contrary to American values and International law.

Netanyahu go home and take your Lobbys with you.

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By tman, March 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

The Black Prince has arrived. Master of all he surveys. U.S. congress prostrate themselves to their Master. They anoint him with lips upon his derrière. Will this be the time they hand over the U.S. flag and we will be forced to fly the Israeli flag?

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By Commune115, March 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

Truthdig forgot to report on how the Democrats who are being glorified for handing us all over by force to the insurance companies also met today with Netanyahu, vowing full support for Israel and its policies.

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By gerard, March 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

I wouldn’t want to see it actually happen, but the idea is refreshing:  Send the Israei Government a shipment of ice picks to use to chip away at their own hearts and see if they could get down to the source of their problems.

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By Bruno, March 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment
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Aaahh. No Boom Boom for little Bibi so he’s going to
hold his breath until it ALL goes BANG!

That’s what I admire about Israelis. Their mature

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By Druthers, March 23, 2010 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

A really good idea would be to put Netanyahu in cold storage.
As P.T. says there is no peace process and there probably never will be. Land and Water interest Israel, not peace.

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By P. T., March 23, 2010 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

There is no peace process.  There is a process of Zionist expansionism.

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