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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Israel to Obama: Buzz off

If Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe ("Boogie") Yaalon (pictured at top left with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu) can be presumed to speak on behalf of Israel's government, that government gave American President Barack Hussein Obama a Bronx cheer on Israel's Channel 2 on Saturday night.
"Settlements are not the reason that the peace process is failing, they were never an obstacle, not at any stage," Ya'alon told Channel 2 News. "Even when Israel pulled out of [Palestinian] territory, the terror continued. Even when we uprooted [Jewish] communities, we got 'Hamastan.' That is why I propose that we think about it - not in slogans and not with decrees."

According to Ayalon, "we will not halt the construction in the settlements within the framework of natural growth. There are people here who are living their lives, raising children. Housing is required ? it wasn't housing that has prevented peace."
Unfortunately, this does not mean that the government will create new Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria, nor does it mean that the government will not remove existing 'illegal outposts.'
In reference to the illegal West Bank outposts, which Israel has vowed to evacuate and has begun to do so, Ya'alon stressed that "the government will not permit illegal settlement, as we've proven with our actions this week."

Some believe that the evacuation of the outpost of Maoz Esther on Thursday morning, which came a day after Defense Ministry sources told Haaretz that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak had agreed on a plan to evacuate illegal outposts in the West Bank, was carried out in accordance with U.S. pressure. However, Barak denied any correlation between the Netanyahu-Obama meeting on Monday, and the evacuation.
But Yaalon made it clear that Israel will not be cowtowed by the Hopenchange administration in Washington:
"[U.S. envoy to the Middle East George] Mitchell will come, and we'll talk to him. I suggest that Israel and the U.S. don't set a timetable. We won't let them threaten us," Ya'alon added.

"From the banks of the Potomac in Washington it is not always clear what the real situation here is," Ya'alon concluded. "This is where Israel must step in and help her ally understand the situation."


At 7:54 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - why is the world so obsessed with Jews moving into existing communities in Judea and Samaria? Its not going to change the demographic situation in any way. And since Jews live by and large in areas even the Israeli Left agrees will be under Israeli sovereignty, the settlements are a sideshow, a non-issue and wholly irrelevant to any negotiations. If Israel was seeking to change the composition of the so called West Bank, that would be a legitimate issue. Its not. And even removing all the outposts would only underscore the fact that Israel hasn't authorized a single new Jewish community since the 1990s and there's been in effect a de facto settlement freeze since that time. The Obama Administration's demand for a formal freeze is a phony distraction from the real issues holding up an Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Buzz off, indeed.

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

June 4, the day that TOTUS Hussein preaches to his Muslim cohorts, will be a day that will live in infamy. On that day, he will attempt to sell off our Jewish Jerusalem, our heritage, our birthright to his Muslim brethren. You can bet on it. The tyrants that now rule the US are as the tyrants that once ruled Rome. A great existential battle stands before us.

At 9:32 PM, Blogger in the vanguard said...

He said, "Buzz off" - but don't let that fool you. The lefties are still itching to give away chunks of Jewish holy land. So his "Buzz off" - was just for now.

He still has in his cabinet Barak, who can't take the thought of Israel being a Jewish state, and Lieberman, whose willing to depart with parts of Jerusalem. The people voted for a rightist diplomacy - and Netanyahu is allows leftists to continue their efforts to undermine our great little country.

He may well buckle if he's offered a few more billion dollars, for example. Now there's a good reason for cutting up more of The Land of Israel.

... a country, were it not for its own worst elements seizing the reigns of government, could easily be the greatest country in the world.


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