Netanyahu to Obama: on settlements, April fool

...the colonization of Palestine will continue in 9 months.

Communique from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 3 Dec 2009

PM Netanyahu meets with leaders of Judea and Samaria Jewish communities

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this morning (Thursday), 3 December 2009, in his Tel Aviv office, for approximately two hours, met with the leaders of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Those participating in the meeting voiced their views on the Cabinet's 25 November 2009 decision to suspend construction and the stop-work orders issued pursuant thereto, as well as on the way in which they are being implemented

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "The Cabinet decision is the optimal decision for the State of Israel in the complicated diplomatic situation in which we presently find ourselves, and given the various challenges facing us. We made this tough decision in order to advance Israel's broader interests. This step makes it clear to the main elements around the world that Israel aspires towards peace and is serious in its intention to achieve peace, while the Palestinians refuse to begin peace negotiations.  This step makes it clear who is refusing peace."
Prime Minister Netanyahu added: "This order is one-time only and it limits the duration of the suspension. There are nine months and three weeks left. Once the suspension has expired, we will continue to build. I want to make it clear: The future of settlement will be determined only in a permanent peace agreement."

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Fury over eviction as EU proclaims East Jerusalem Palestinian capital

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Deception: Netanyahu's strategy for fending off Obama

...and the two state solution.

This diary features an article by Alan Hart concerning Israel's current strategy in dealing with the Obama administration's intent to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via the long awaited two state solution. Such a solution is obviously unwanted by Israel's present Likud government in spite of claims to the contrary, as it was in the past with other Israeli governments, save for a short period under Labor PM Rabin in the early 90s.

Netanyahu's peace avoidance strategy is not new.

This is Yitzhak Shamir, a Likud party leader, talking about his tactics negotiating peace with the Palestinians when he was the Israeli PM:

"I could have carried on autonomy talks for ten years and meanwhile we would have reached a half million people in Judea and Samaria."

And here is the former head of IDF intelligence IDF Gen Yehoshafat Harkabi's explanation of Israeli negotiating strategy in Maariv (2 November 1973):

"We must define our position and lay down basic principles for a settlement. Our demands should be moderate and balanced, and appear to be reasonable. But in fact they must involve such conditions as to ensure that the enemy rejects them. Then we should manoeuvre and allow him to define his own position, and reject a settlement on the basis of a compromise position. We should then publish his demands as embodying unreasonable extremism".

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Palestinians reject Israeli offer as 'mere propaganda' UPDATE

Out of pure magnanimity, Bibi Netanyahu, the Israeli PM, just offered the Palestinians a 10 month delay in the colonization of their lands in the West Bank. As for their lands in East Jerusalem, they're nonnegotiable. In spite of this alleged offer to delay the colonization, the truth is that the building of 3,000 housing units will continue, settlements in the West Bank will continue to flow onto adjacent Palestinian lands, and East Jerusalem will continue to be off the table.

Delaying a colonization obviously means that it will continue in the future. The Palestinians know this.

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Pete Seeger's role in ending Israeli house demolitions


Pete Seeger and Jeff Halper

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