Archive for March 23rd, 2010

Netanyahu Pushes Back, Says Jerusalem ‘Not a Settlement’

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Obama is bound and determined to demonize the Israelis.

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented dueling positions on Jerusalem construction Monday, underlining a recent spat between the allies while simultaneously suggesting the incident is behind them.

Israel recently announced new housing plans for east Jerusalem, the part of the city Palestinians want for a future capital, drawing unusually sharp criticism from the Obama administration. Clinton renewed that disapproval on Monday, telling a pro-Israel audience that provocative Israeli land policies in areas claimed by the Palestinians are not in Israel’s long-term interests and undermine U.S. credibility as a mediator.

Speaking later in the day to a crowd of nearly 8,000 pro-Israel activists at the same forum, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, including hundreds of congressmen and senators, Netanyahu did not budge from his position that building anywhere in Jerusalem is an Israeli right.

But at the same time both sides appeared to be indicating that while differences may remain, the spat — unique in recent memory for its harsh rhetoric and public nature — should not be allowed to further mar ties or delay the launch of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The spread of Jewish homes on land claimed by the Palestinians threatens the Obama administration’s first attempts at shuttle diplomacy intended to establish an independent Palestinian state, Clinton said in her speech, and makes it hard for the United States to be an honest broker.

“Our credibility in this process depends in part on our willingness to praise both sides when they are courageous, and when we don’t agree, to say so, and say so unequivocally,” Clinton said. She also criticized Palestinian incitement to violence.

President Barack Obama has remained out of the fray as Clinton and other U.S. officials have rebuked Israel for its announcement of new construction in Jerusalem, which came while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting the country. It embarrassed Biden, a staunch supporter of Israel, and led to new stress in relations between Washington and its top Middle Eastern ally.

Obama agreed to see Netanyahu on Tuesday at the White House — Obama’s first meeting with the Israeli leader since the severe diplomatic breach over the housing announcement this month. But it will be closed to reporters, an unusual choice when hosting a close ally and a sign that suggested the rift may not be entirely healed.

“New construction in east Jerusalem or the West Bank undermines mutual trust and endangers the proximity talks that are the first step toward the full negotiations that both sides want and need,” Clinton said. “It exposes daylight between Israel and the United States that others in the region hope to exploit,” and undermines what she called an essential U.S. role as mediator.

The AIPAC crowd responded with notably more enthusiasm to Netanyahu’s assertion that Jews had been building in Jerusalem for 3,000 years and that Israel would continue to do so.

“Jerusalem is not a settlement. It’s our capital,” Netanyahu said to a prolonged standing ovation.

The neighborhoods Israel has built in east Jerusalem are an “inextricable” part of the city, the Israeli leader said, and will remain part of Israel under any peace agreement.

“Therefore, building in them in no way precludes the possibility of a two-state solution,” he said. Israel does not want to rule over Palestinians, he said, while calling on Palestinian leaders to begin talks.

But despite the clashing positions, Israel and the U.S. both appeared to signal that the spat should not further delay Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

In her speech, Clinton assured Israel that the U.S. administration’s commitment to its security and future is “rock solid.” And after she met the Israeli leader Monday, Israeli officials termed the talks “friendly” and said both the United States and Israel were interested in leaving the rift behind and getting talks started quickly. A statement from the State Department also said the goal was to “move to direct negotiations as soon as possible.”

Clinton said talks with Netanyahu on action Israel can take to restore confidence were under way.

Some Israeli officials say that while there will be no formal building freeze, construction may be restricted, as in a partial 10-month West Bank construction freeze that Netanyahu has already enacted.

The steps have not been made public, but officials say another element is agreement to discuss all outstanding issues in the indirect talks that the United States is to mediate. Those would include the future of Jerusalem, borders, Jewish settlements and Palestinian refugees.

Clinton got loud approval when she talked tough on Iran — an issue on which there is more agreement between Israel and the United States. Both countries believe that Iran wants nuclear weapons, that it could be able to develop them soon and that such weapons would pose a grave threat. The secretary said the Obama administration would not accept a nuclear armed Iran and is working on sanctions “that will bite” as a deterrent.

In his speech, Netanyahu said that should Iran obtain nuclear weapons, “Our world would never be the same.”

“The Gaza Siege Myth” by Chris Schang

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

One of the most flawed and consistently repeated errors in the Israeli and Palestinian conflict is that Israel is somehow holding Gaza in a siege and because of that it suffers as a result of Israeli aggression. The truth of the matter is that nothing could be further from the truth. The YNetNews website recently had an article that covered this topic and it is timely considering the increased pressure the U.S. is presently pushing on Israel. The YNetNews article reports:

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is set to arrive in Israel to visit the Gaza Strip amidst demands to end a so-called siege on the terrorist-controlled territory. Yet one has to ask what siege, or blockade, he is referring to, with 738,576 tons of humanitarian aid being transferred into the Gaza Strip in 2009.

Further:

Moreover, the UN has provided $200 million in Gaza Strip aid following a military operation that reportedly claimed 1,300 fatalities amongst a population of less than 1.5 million – meanwhile, notwithstanding plans to raise more funds, it has provided only $10 million to natural disaster victims in Haiti as of the end of January, an earthquake that claimed the lives of over 230,000 people and affected over 3 million. Of course, that is without mentioning that Haitians have not been attacking an innocent nearby civilian population for a near decade.

The facts being presented in the YNetNews article are very interesting in that Gaza presently and I would say has done so for a long time now, received more aid than current crisis centers around the rest of the world are receiving in light of devastating natural accidents like the earthquake in Haiti. The problem with the Palestinians is that they have not used the money they have been given to better the future of their citizens. The fact is the bulk of the aid money has been used to buy more arms in order to further attacks on Israel. Then what is remaining is usually funneled into secret accounts of the corrupt Palestinian leadership. Yasser Arafat’s widow is still the last I heard still receiving millions of dollars a year from aid money in order to support her and her children who live in luxury outside the Palestinian area. This is simply a gross abuse and waste of the taxpayers money that comes from the rest of the world. There’s an old saying that you can’t get help unless you help yourself. I think this old saying is appropriate to describe the Palestinian situation because they have simply not helped themselves and demanded that aid money be used for humanitarian projects that would alleviate the conditions in Gaza. But as long as the fanatical terrorists maintain their iron grip on Gaza there is no light at the end of the tunnel for the average Gazan who would simply like to move on with their lives in peace.

The YNetNews article also detailed the “lie” bought by the international community despite the evidence contrary to what is currently being promoted in reference to a siege on Gaza. The news report went on to mention:

The international community has bought into a bold-faced lie about an Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip while ignoring the facts on the ground. International humanitarian aid has been flowing rapidly into the Gaza Strip for years and in no way stopped after Operation Cast Lead, as 30,576 aid trucks entered the territory in 2009. In 2009, 4,883 tons of medical equipment entered the Gaza Strip. Just last month, a new CAT scan machine was brought into the Strip.

So from these facts on the ground we can easily see that the “siege” on Gaza is a myth perpetuated by the Palestinians and international community in order to pressure Israel. The facts on the ground just simply do not support the myth that is being promoted in order to cast Israel into a negative light. But as usual, people are not interested in the truth, they are simply looking for more ammunition to act out their anti-semitic aggression towards Israel. This has simply got to stop. The truth is being discarded for a lie, and aid money is simply being dumped into a bottomless pit. Back when Israel vacated the Gaza strip and turned it over to the Palestinians it was widely reported that many of the greenhouses that were used to produce a substantial amount of agriculture products as well as jobs were systematically destroyed by the Palestinians rather than using them to better the overall situation of the average Palestinian. The Palestinians destroyed these greenhouses simply because of their bottomless hatred towards Israel and the Jews. This was a classic case of where the Palestinians could have taken a step forward to improve their lives, economy, jobs, etc. but instead they chose to shoot themselves in the foot instead by destroying the greenhouses. In fact, the Palestinians have done this kind of stuff so much in the past it is surprising that they have any toes left.

Another myth perpetuated by the Palestinians and international community is that Gaza has been turned into the world’s largest prison. The fact on the ground is quite different as outlined by the article:

The Gaza Strip has also been referred to as “the world’s largest prison”, implying that residents are not being able to exit the territory. Yet in 2009, 10,544 patients and their companions left the Gaza Strip for medical treatment in Israel, and last week alone nearly 500 patients and companions from Gaza entered Israel for treatment.

The truth of the matter is that the Palestinians have used unfettered access into Israel as a means of carrying out suicide attacks and other acts of violence. They simply have no one but themselves to blame for Israel closing some roadblocks and entry points into Israel as keeping them open compromises the security of Israel as a whole. The Palestinians and international community continue to perpetuate lies about Gaza and the Israeli behavior towards them without mentioning why these events have occured.

Meanwhile, US government officials such as Congressmen Keith Ellison and Brian Baird, both of which visited Sderot with the Sderot Media Center, have promoted the idea of a “Gaza Siege.” They must be ignoring the fact that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged $900 million in aid to be sent to the Gaza Strip following Operation Cast Lead. A USAID and DOD report calculating the aid sent to the quake-raved Haiti noted that, as of last month, all US government programs provided just over $700 million in aid, nearly $200 million less than to the terrorist-controlled Gaza Strip.

It is noteworthy that U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison is an open moslem and has anti-semitic behavior towards Israel. He is an African-American Catholic convert to Islam. It is not surprising that people like him would continue to support the “lies” about Israeli behavior on Gaza in light of the truth we have already covered. The fact of the matter is that the situation in Gaza and even the West Bank will not improve until corruption is halted and most importantly until the Palestinians themselves decide to help themselves rather than running around shooting themselves in the foot. As long as the world community continues to play surrogate mother to the Palestinians, they will continue to play into the “myths” of the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. One way to protect yourself from falling into believing these satanic lies is to educate yourself on the truths of the situation and not to believe everything you read in the media, which is blatantly liberal and unsurprisingly anti-semitic towards the Israelis. Only until the world community continues to stop supporting the Palestinans and buying the “lies” will change be possible. Even then that is very unlikely as long as fanatical Islamic terrorist groups continue to control the Palestinian areas.

Let us continue to pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem, that the world looks for the truth and does not buy the satanic lies anymore. The continued promotion of these lies breeds a victim mentality that is easily seized upon by the terrorists who hope to keep pthe Palestinian people in bondage which leads to antagonizing the Israelis. The constant barrage of anti-semitic media and TV shows to the general Palestinian population as well as to little children does nothing to encourage a healthy relationship that will ultimately lead to a peaceful co-existence between both sides. These acts of hatred will only continue to inflame the fires of hatred and lead to further bloodshed. Let us continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as the Lord Jesus Christ is the only one who can bring this troubled region back to genuine peace.

God bless.

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