US expects Israel to expell Settlers

State Dept: US Goal to Expel Jews in ‘Occupied’ Post-67 Lands.


( A top State Department official spelled out on Tuesday that the goal of the United States in its negotiations in the Middle East is to pressure Israel into expelling Jews from Judea and Samaria in order to “end the occupation that began in 1967.”

William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, said in his address to the Middle East Institute Tuesday that he sees the U.S.mandate as one of “determined leadership” and that American must be straightforward about its intentions.

“Our goal in the region is clear,” he said, “two states living side by side in peace and security; a Jewish state of Israel, with which America retains unbreakable bonds, and with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, that ends the daily humiliations of Palestinians under occupation, and that realizes the full and remarkable potential of the Palestinian people.” …

“We do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements; we consider the Israeli offer to restrain settlement activity to be a potentially important step, but it obviously falls short of the continuing Roadmap obligation for a full settlement freeze,” he said. …

The Under Secretary’s remarks came barely 24 hours after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met at the White House with President Barack Obama for talks grudgingly scheduled just hours before he flew to the U.S. on Sunday. …

Now we need to bear down, move ahead, fulfill our responsibilities for leadership, and challenge every other party to fulfill theirs.”


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3 Responses to “US expects Israel to expell Settlers”

  1. worzzz Says:

    The world is sick of Netanyahu’s lack of policy. (Snips)

    … Netanyahu’s behavior resembles that of a haggler at the Shuk more than that of a statesman. … Instead he has engaged in endless bickering over whether Israel will or won’t stop the building in the West Bank settlements, and has effectively prevented any serious peace negotiations. …

    The further decline in Israel’s moral fiber and international standing will be the inevitable result.


    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel addressing the Jewish Federations of North America. -Video.

    … Emanuel served with the Israel Defense Forces as a civilian volunteer helping to maintain equipment …


    Washington disappointed: Netanyahu didn’t present concrete steps.


    French FM: It seems Israel no longer wants peace. (Snips)

    France fears that Israel no longer desires a Middle East peace deal, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Tuesday, adding that Paris remained deeply opposed to settlement building in the West Bank.


    West Bank village: Settlement’s fence keeps us off our land.,7340,L-3803710,00.html


    Jewish Federations of North America – Plenary Session 11-9-09 Video

    PM heckled during address to Jewish Federations’ GA.


    Shlomo Sand’s new book, The Invention of the Jewish People. (Snips)

    Book Reviews: …. Shlomo Sand argues that most Jews actually descend from converts, whose native lands were scattered far across the Middle East and Eastern Europe …


    ‘Exorcising’ Israel bashers from the Jewish mainstream

  2. worzzz Says:

    French FM: Israel’s desire for peace has ‘vanished’. — November 10, 2009 (Snips)

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s desire for peace seems to have “completely vanished,” France’s foreign minister said.

    Stop settlements, Sarkozy tells Netanyahu.

  3. worzzz Says:

    America’s Dismal Future. by Paul Craig Roberts.

    November 12, 2009 “Information Clearing House” — It did not take the Israel Lobby long to make mincemeat out of the Obama administration’s “no new settlements” position. Israeli prime minister Netanyahu is bragging about Israel’s latest victory over the US government as Israel continues to build illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

    In May President Obama read the Israelis the riot act, telling the Israeli government that he was serious about ending the Israeli conflict with the Palestinians and that a lasting peace agreement required the Israeli government to abandon all construction of new settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    On November 10 Obama’s White House chief of staff, Rahm Israel Emanuel, surrendered for his boss at the annual conference of the United Jewish Communities. The ongoing Israeli settlements, he said, should not be a “distraction” to a peace agreement.

    Allegedly, the US is a superpower and Israel is a client state whose very existence depends entirely on US military and economic aid and diplomatic protection. Yet, in the real world it works the other way. Israel is the superpower and the US is its client state. …

    When the dollar finally goes, so will the government’s ability to conduct wars of aggression, underwrite Israel, finance its red ink and pay for imports.


    … the Greater Israel dream has vanished, that “painful concessions” must be made, that the Palestinians deserve a state and that the occupation must come to an end. …

    opinion polls showing that most Israelis support a two-state solution, it appears that those who seek peace and justice are in a clear majority. …

    Ehud Olmert strove for a so-called shelf agreement, built settlements and launched two unnecessary wars. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made lofty statements about a Palestinian state and didn’t agree even to a temporary settlement freeze. Mofaz suggests talking to Hamas, but it doesn’t occur to him to try to do it here and now. Let’s see him try to meet the elected prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh. And public opinion? It says yes to two states and votes for Likud and Avigdor Lieberman. In this great masquerade, Israel has raised denial and pretense to an art. The terrible price will be paid soon.

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