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    • benstar
    • 12.10.10 | 23:49 (IST)

    Brett, really? At the turn of the 20th century, more than 90% of historic Palestine beloned to the indigenous Arab peoples - it had been their land for hundreds of years. When the UN came up with its Partition Plan, without consulting the indigenous people (whose land was being divided at alloted to Europeans), it gave the bigger chunk of land to the Jewish minority (eg. silver platter). Since then, as was the original zionist intent, the israelis have been taking more and more land - establishing facts on the ground. Read your history books. Now, in the current "peace process," we have Netanyahu's gang claiming they are serious about peace while they insist on building and expanding illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem! Ok. So Abbas won't "recognize" israel as "jewish" or "for the jewish people" - mere semanitcs (or a ploy to justify further "population transfer" - eg. deportation of Arab-israelis). That has no material effect on israel. It can call itself whatever it wants, right? But continuing the expropriation of Palestinian land, and continuing settlement expansion is continuation of land theft - theft of land that is supposedly being negotiated. How is that in any way reasonable? That the Palestinians want a freeze on settlement is in NO WAY UNREASONABLE. If we consider international law, there should be NO ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS IN THE WEST BANK OR EAST JERUSALEM. All settlements in the West Bank are ILLEGAL! So how can israel claim to be interested in peace if it continued to take land and continued to defy international law? These are mutually exclusive! To say that the Palestinians want "all their demands:" handed to them on a silver platter is ABSOLUTELY RIDCULOUS! Israel only acts the bully because it has absolute military superiority over the Palestinians - who don't even have a military (yep, no tanks, field artillery, F-16's, Apaches, Cobras, UAV's, or other fancy weapons) - and beacuse they have the US running interference for them in the international arena and providing them with the military and financial support. Bret, your statement here was both cowardly and ignorant.

    from the article: U.S.: We want clear path, not two-month delay of peace process deadlock
    First published 21:26 12.10.10 | Last updated 21:26 12.10.10
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