PM to Abbas: We'll continue building in settlements
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
In the latest round of direct peace talks being held in Jerusalem between the Israelis and Palestinians, Israeli PM Netanyahu has reportedly told Palestinian President Abbas that the Israelis will continue to build in the settlements after the current construction freeze ends on September 26th. This is a good move as the Israel have gotten absolutely nothing in return from the Palestinians since they implemented the construction freeze 10 months ago. Once Israel implemented the construction freeze the Islamics took that as a sign of weakness and of course the "Free Gaza" flotilla nonsense went into quick action starting in May. The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has continued to fire rockets into Israel and in a nutshell Israel's security has eroded since the start fo this 10 month construction freeze. Not only has the Israeli security eroded, but the Palestinians have made one ridiculous demand after another in an effort to torpedo the peace talks. The YNetNews website has the details on the current talks held today between Israel and the Palestinians:
During their meeting in Jerusalem Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Israel plans to resume construction in the West Bank settlements once the moratorium expires on September 26. A senior Palestinian official reported that following the meeting Abbas threatened to quit the direct peace talks if building is resumed in the settlements. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and special Mideast envoy George Mitchell also took part in the two-hour meeting at the PM's official residence, where Israeli, Palestinian, and American flags were displayed.
"The prime minister is hosting Abu Mazen (Abbas) in his home in friendship and benevolence, but during the talks themselves, he will insist adamantly on Israel's security needs. There are no compromises on this matter," a senior official in the Prime Minister's Office said. A Palestinian source told Ynet after the meeting that no breakthrough has been made that would allow the negotiations to continue without the "threat of renewed settlement construction."
The Palestinians told Netanyahu and Clinton that the resumption of settlement construction would make it difficult for them to continue negotiating with Israel. However, one official said the Palestinians were under heavy pressure not to quit the talks and that the Americans have suggested that construction be resumed only in the major settlement blocs.
As the Israelis and Palestinians sit down and try to make progress with the direct peace talks, the terrorists in Gaza have been working overtime in order to try to torpedo the latest peace talks. It is being reported today that some of the latest rockets shells being fired into Israel were phosphorus shells that are extremely dangerous and whose use is prohibited by the Geneva Convention. The Jerusalem Post reports:
Two phosphorous mortars were fired at southern Israel from Gaza on Wednesday, Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post. "A police bomb disposal team examined a number of mortars that were fired today. We can confirm that two out of the nine mortars contained phosphorous," Rosenfeld added. Israel Police said it was not the first time that phosphorous shells had been fired at Israel from Gaza.
Haim Yalin, head of the Eshkol Regional Council where the phosphorous mortars landed, reacted sharply to the news of the phosphorus mortar attacks. "These weapons have been banned by the Geneva convention. They cause burns among victims and they kill. This is an agricultural area, and we now have to explain to farmers how to deal with burns in light of the phosphorus mortars," he told the Post.
Yalin added that firefighters and paramedics operating in his area would now have prepare for further phosphorous shells. "We are preparing to go back to the situation that we faced before Operation Cast Lead, when we faced continuous mortar, rocket and sniper attacks," he said.
During Operation Cast Lead the Palestinians claimed that the Israelis used phosphorus shells in bombing areas, this resulted in an outrage from the international community and an awful wave of anti-semitism aimed towards Israel. Yet today, not a single word or outrage is aimed at the Palestinians for the firing of phosphorus shells. The imternational community's silence is deafening. Anti-semitism is still alive and well into the world today. This makes the international community a bucn of hyprocrites for basically sitting on their collective hands and with a gag over their mouth. This is probably another appeasement of the Moslems whereby the international community just looks the other way and ignores what it doesn't want to have to deal with. This is a shame and a mockery. The same condemnation that was launched at Israel should be launched at the Palestinians, but this will never happen as the world continues to bend over backwards not to "offend" the Islamics. But whether they want to deal with it or not, God is keeping up with what is happening and when the Lord returns he will judge the nations for the way they treated the Jews. God have mercy on us.
In another news report it is being said that Israel has "snubbed" the EU by not meeting with them on Friday for a planned visit to Gaza. This Friday is the Yom Kippur holiday and the country of Israel basically comes to a standstill as the holiday is observed. Well, it doesn't seem the Europeans care much about Israel's holidays and despite being given numerous "make-up" dates to meet with the Israel, the Europeans had the gall to deny each alternative meeting date. The Israel National News website reports:
European Union foreign ministers are upset over Israel’s banning their entry to Gaza hours before Yom Kippur, and they have declined alternative dates. The 25 hour fast, the holiest day in the Jewish year, begins shortly before sundown Friday.
"The whole country is paralyzed and the airport is closed," a spokesman in the Israeli Foreign Ministry explained to the London Telegraph. "We told them that it was impossible to hold meetings on Friday morning and that no one would be available. We suggested alternative dates, all of which they refused.”
Israel charged the five EU ministers with being ”insensitive.” The planned visit by officials from Spain, France, Britain, Germany and Italy was intended to deal with diplomatic developments in the Middle East, and aid to Gaza.
Well, it looks like the Europeans have shown another outburst of "anti-semitism" in throwing a fit that Israel could not accomodate their visit because of the occurrence of one of the Jewish Holy days. Has this been a Moslem holiday, the Europeans would have bent over backwards and proabably sent tons of money to help celebrate the event. Instead, the Jewish holiday was reduced by the Europeans to being a major inconvenience. I can't help but wonder what happened to that term called "tolerance" that they speak so much about in liberal European circles? I guess that tolerance only applies to everythign that is not Christian and Jewish. If it is Jewish or Christian then it doesn't matter, liberalism has no place for either of these things, at least in the small minds of those who run the European government.
While the international community continues to focus on the ever elusive Middle East process, it seems once again that some things never change. The peace talks are basically going nowhere as the Palestinians continue to make one ridiculous demand after another despite the Obama administration's best attempts to put a positive spin on the situation. In fact, the ridiculous demands made by the Palestinians were issued a warning the other day by the Israeli government. The Haaretz news website reports:
The Palestinians' "all or nothing" strategy of insisting on a total freeze on West Bank settlement construction risks paralyzing Middle East peace talks in their infancy, officials close to the heart of negotiations warned Tuesday. As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Egypt for a second round of negotiations, senior officials inside Netanyahu's office said they expected the Palestinians to avoid extreme responses that could derail the U.S.-sponsored peace process.
"This attitude of all or nothing has over the past year led to a stagnation, with the result that in nine months of construction freeze, there were no negotiations," one high-ranking official told Haaretz. Under international pressure, Israel in late 2009 declared a 10-month freeze on settlement building in the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem. But that is due to expire in late September, less than a month after talks kicked off in Washington, and the Palestinians have repeatedly vowed to walk out if building resumes.
"Choosing to continue with settlements in any form means destroying the negotiations," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Tuesday. As well as the row over settlements, early talks have been marred by disputes over format and as she accompanies the leaders to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's main aim will be to save negotiations from an early death. "For me, this is a simple choice: no negotiations, no security, no state," Clinton said en route to the talks.
Not only have the Palestinians demanded no construction in the settlemenets, but they have also insisted on the "right to return", east Jerusalem as a capital of a future Palestinians state, etc. etc. the list goes on and on. The demands by the Palestinians are never met with any "concessions" on their side. In fact, Palestinians President Abbas said that there will not be any concessions to the Israel, not a single one. This sounds to me like someone who is not genuinely interested in making a lasting peace, but someone who thinks that the way to build his Palestinians state is by destroying the Israeli state. But come to think of it, that seems to be exactly the idea. In my honest view, one side or the other is going to have to end up walking away from the peace talks. and neither side wants to be the one who does that as they will be left holding the bag when the blame comes around. But even if the Palestinians were the ones who walked away from the peace talks, I'm sure Israel would still get the blame. That always seems to be the default decision.
As this week progresses, we need to continue to watch the direct peace talks as they move from Jerusalem to the United States this weekend. Rumors have it that both Netanyahu and Abbas will meet with Clinton in the United States for a "summit" to increase the prospects for peace in the Middle East. This is something that we need to watch carefully. In the mean time, stay tuned!!