Israel defies US settlement freeze call to it’s own detriment

May 31, 2009

(ChattahBox) — It’s kind of surprised me that Israel has defiantly rejected US demands to halt all settlement activity in the occupied territory of the West Bank, as the Obama administration tries to set the stage for a two state Middle East peace solution.  Senior members of Israel’s cabinet have broadcast their refusal to bow to American demands, with officials accusing Washington of preferential treatment towards the Palestinians. Interior Minister Eli Yishai of Shas told his fellow cabinet ministers today that the US demand on settlement activity was tantamount to “expulsion.  Science Minister and Habayit Hayehudi head Daniel Herschkowitz even went one step farther Sunday into the fringe, in referring to US President Barack Obama’s demand to freeze all settlement activity, even that ensuing from natural growth:

“The American demand to prevent natural growth is unreasonable, and brings to mind Pharaoh who said: Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river. If there is a family that expands from one child to four or five, what should we tell them – to ship the children off to Petah Tikva? This is an unacceptable demand, even if it comes from the Americans, and Israel should reject it decisively,” he affirmed.

Pretty ridiculous statement. No doubt Israel is hard pressed for space and has rightful concerns with Iran’s nuclear activity and that it’s borders (Gaza)  have an Iranian-backed terrorist organization that, along with various Jihadist groups, launches mortar and rocket attacks. Even so I have grave concerns about this current Israeli government.  Left and right governments are cyclical in a democracy, but the current hardline government in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition remind me way too much of the George W. Bush administration in many of the same bad ways. They are on their own crash course that will further alienate them from their enemies and make it harder for their friends and allies to rally around them.  I wouldn’t expect Netanyahu or any Israeli leader to start tearing down settlements without negotiations and evidence of serious commitment to peace, but to defiantly thumb their collective noses at halting settlement growth is just not strategic or politically savy.


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One Response to “Israel defies US settlement freeze call to it’s own detriment”

  1. Veritas Pazzion on May 31st, 2009 11:25 pm

    I am surprised that President Obama wasn’t called an anti-Semite by the Israeli government! That is usually their cry of victimization.

    If I were Obama I would have demanded that the Israelis take down the illegal settlements in the West Bank, the segregation walls, open the Gaza boarder and stop starving those people, pay the people that lost loved ones and property from their recent massacre, to be paid reparations. And if they refused I would stop all aid to Israel and give them sanctions as well. This country has been coddled long enough. They’d probably have Mossad take care of me really fast!

    If they could just be nice for once they would find cooperation from the Palestinians and respect from the rest of the world! Personally, I think their leaders are mentally ill or possessed by evil Nazi spirits.

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