posted on Dec, 9 2010 @ 10:02 AM
Israeli negotiators have demanded that the Palestinian leadership agree to “recognize Israel as a Jewish state” as a precondition for peace
talks – despite the fact that such a recognition would mean the denial of the internationally recognized right of return of Palestinian refugees.
This is a concession that Palestinian leaders say they do not have the right to make.
I think it's a little obvious that this was the sentiment of the US government "behind the scenes" anyway. Now, it's just a little more apparent. I'm
sure that it would be a huge headache relief for the US if the settlements were stopped, but lets not fool ourselves here, it isn't like the US can do
anything about it.
Why would Israel ever stop the illegal settlements? There is practically no repurcussions for Israel to continue with these settlements. They can
pretty much count on the American MS media from keeping the whole story out of the news and they can count on the US to
block any UN resolutions
against Israel. There is really no incentive for Israel to
stop these settlements.
At least the US government isn't pretending as if the settlements may stop.
We also have Israel making a bogus offer the stop the settlements if the Palestinian leadership accepts Israel as a Jewish state, but I believe that
this is only to shift blame back on the Palestinians. It seems easy enough.
If the Palestinians accept Israel as a Jewish state then everything will be honkey dorey, right? Well lets consider this for a moment. If we ignore
the very fact that these settlements are illegal in the first place and thus aren't really a bargaining chip, so much as an extortion attempt, then we
are still left with the ver real possibility that Israel will once again ignore it's commitments and the losers will once again be the Palestinians.
Then, one of the whole arguments of the Palestinians is that at least part of Israel belongs to them (not the whole thing) and by ceding that notion
by admitting Israel as a Jewish state, they are basically ceding their whole argument. This also has real practical consequences too, as Palestinian
refugees would also be ceding their internationally recognized right to return to their homeland, which is ultimately what Israel wants.
If you think about it, it's kind of an odd request by Israel, I mean the wording, as Israel touts itself as a secular nation. The reason why it is
worded in such a way, is because it undermines the real and valid fundamental argument of the Palestinians and it will justify Israel's agenda of
ridding the region of Palestinians.
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