Russian president calls for Israeli freeze

Yesterday, Dmitry Medvedev did what President Obama dare not do: back a Palestinian state including the claim to East Jerusalem, and did so right in Israel's backyard, the West Bank.

Well, at least the Russians are not intimidated by Netanyahu as is Obama, and Clinton before him.

JERICHO, West Bank — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave a political boost to the Palestinians on Tuesday, backing their claim to east Jerusalem as a capital and their demand that Israel must freeze all settlement construction before peace talks can resume.

Medvedev delivered the supportive message during his first visit as president to the Palestinian areas, at a time of corrosive deadlock in U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts. While practically on Israel's doorstep, he did not visit Israel because of a strike by Israeli diplomats.

The Palestinians, who say they are ready for independence, hailed the visit as a chance to showcase their progress toward building their state.

In the meantime, Ehud Barak, heretofore leader of the Labor Party of Israel, showed his right wing stripes by resigning his position on the same day as Medvedev's West Bank visit. He is now free to be as right wing as he has always been and Washington can stop being deceived by listening to him.

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European countries to follow?

Read this somewhere, but after Medvedev broke the ice to allow other countries to act ethically and morally, it is expected that some EU countries will follow, the first of which may be Spain.

by MainStreet 2011-01-19 09:07AM | 0 recs
Curiously, Spain took over the presidency of the EU this month.

In this Haaretz article, it was indicated that,

The Spanish Foreign Minister said on Friday that Spain, as the next European Union president, intends on working towards a Palestinian state in 2010.

"My idea and my dream ... is to work for having in 2010, finally, a Palestinian state that could live in peace and security with Israel," Moratinos said.

Moratinos emphasized the urgency for a two-state solution. "It's not going to be easy, but I think it's needed. We need a Palestinian state, the sooner, the better, and that is going to be our objective," the French news agency AFP quoted Moratinos as saying.

by MainStreet 2011-01-19 09:16AM | 0 recs
Lots of luck with this!

MJ Rosenberg appealing,

US: Recognize State of Palestine In 2011

If the Palestinians go ahead with their plans to declare a state later this year, the United States should recognize it.

There really is no good reason not to.

After all, ever since the days of Lyndon B. Johnson, presidents from both parties have expressed support for the return of the occupied territories in exchange for peace. No nation, other than Israel itself, recognizes any of that land -- including Arab East Jerusalem -- as part of Israel. And the United Nations, which issued Israel its birth certificate in 1947, appears ready to do the same for the State of Palestine this summer.

Since when did Israel give a damn what the United States government asked of it? Don't expect Obama to do anything until the last year of his second term ala Bush.

by MainStreet 2011-01-19 09:36AM | 0 recs

I know the Russians have something up their sleeves, they are way too big, not to. And I don't care frankly, because I believe for whatever reasons, they are on the right side.

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by Andreas Harold 2011-01-19 11:51AM | 0 recs
RE: Russia

It is possible that as matter of face, Medvedev (and Putin sitting behind him) does not care to be cast, along with Obama, as just another one of Netanyahu's poodles.

by MainStreet 2011-01-19 12:15PM | 0 recs
Once upon a time

there was an Israeli prime minister who supported a Palestinian State with control of East Jerusalem. The PLO told him to shove that offer where the sun don't shine and spent the next four years sending suicide bombers into restaurants, bars, and buses in Israel. Now, they won't even talk to the Israelis.

by psychodrew 2011-01-19 11:19PM | 0 recs
RE: choices.

You are either history challenged or an agent of Israeli propaganda (lies).

From Barak's own mouth, why he was unable to cut a deal with the Palestinians, then pulled out of Taba when the sides got too close.



by MainStreet 2011-01-20 08:05AM | 0 recs


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