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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tell me he was being sarcastic

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday's vote by European Union foreign ministers:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that he was pleased with the EU's decision mot to accept the Swedish proposal to declare eastern Jerusalem the capital of a nonexistent Palestinian state.

Lieberman said that Israel appreciates the efforts of the countries that worked to hammer out a final version of the resolution and prevented an adoption of radical Arab positions, which would have further hurt chances to restart negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
And what the European foreign ministers adopted wasn't a 'radical Arab position' and won't 'hurt chances to restart negotiations with the Palestinian Authority'? Actually, they might not hurt chances of restarting negotiations, since the 'Palestinians' don't want to negotiate (without scare quotes) anyway.

The picture at the top is a colorized image of the Mandelbaum Gate, which was the crossing point between 'east' and 'west' Jerusalem between 1948-67. You can find out more about it (and find other images from Israel in the 1960's) here.


At 4:48 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I think Lieberman was being diplomatic. In any event, the European proposal to divide Jerusalem was just tossed in the diplomatic waste basket. Its not going to go anywhere.


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