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    • Labhras
    • 08.09.09 | 21:03 (IDT)

    Blames Mubarak for not massaging Israel,s quest for land. Here it is, and it has not been changed.Tell us why anyone would visit a nation of warmongers. "In the ?Peace and Security? chapter of the Likud Party platform, a recent document (1999) it says initially that: ?Peace is a primary objective of the State of Israel. The Likud will strengthen the existing peace agreements with the Arab states and strive to achieve peace agreements with all of Israel?s neighbors with the aim of reaching a comprehensive solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.? But then it says about settlements: ?The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.? Therefore annihilating the slightest chance of a two-state solution. On Palestinian self-rule it says: ?The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river. The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state. Thus, for example, in matters of foreign affairs, security, immigration and ecology, their activity shall be limited in accordance with imperatives of Israel?s existence, security and national needs? Therefore annihilating any chance of seeing a Palestinian sovereign state. On Jerusalem: ?Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem, including the plan to divide the city presented to the Knesset by the Arab factions and supported by many members of Labor and Meretz.?

    from the article: Egypt: Settlement freeze first step to normal Israel-Arab ties
    First published 09:47 08.09.09 | Last updated 16:28 08.09.09
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