Netanyahu to Obama: on settlements, April fool
by MainStreet, Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 03:17:49 PM EST
...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."
The US Campaign to End to Israeli Occupation caught wind of this communique:
Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a "settlement freeze." Sort of.
Netanyahu's announcement of a moratorium on new permits for settlement construction (not including construction already underway or any settlements in occupied East Jerusalem) was hailed by the Obama Administration as a major step forward. We aren't as convinced, especially consideing how completely...well...precedented this sort of announcement is, which we documented on our blog.
Not surprisingly, since this announcement, Netanyahu has been busy making sure that the settler movement knows he doesn't really mean it, allowing the construction of 25 housing units in the settlement colony of Keidar and assuring settler leaders that the moratorium "is one-time only and...limits the duration of the suspension."
Looks as if we will be here for some years to come. Ugh!