I have tried to write about the situation between the Palestinians and the Israelis…..but so much is happening that it is hard for me to keep up…..so I decided to do a post with all news that I think would make good posts….information is good No matter what form it takes……..
1–Every Congress has to make its Israeli handlers happy and this Congress is NO different……..
Congress pushed through the US-Israeli Strategic Partnership Act this week, a bill which creates a new class of special ally within the law called a “major strategic partner,” which only Israel will occupy.
The new class increases the amount of “emergency” US weaponry stashed in Israel, just months after Israel controversially raided that stockpile for the Gaza War, and provides guaranteed access to myriad other technologies.
Despite all it entitles Israel to, the bill is still considered “watered down” because it removed certain clauses seeking to grant Israeli visa-free travel rights without giving Americans reciprocal rights.
This is wasted time….Israel has ALWAYS had a “special” designation….this also makes it easier for Israel to get more and more deadly weapons that they will use on Palestinian civilians….go call dipshits!
2–New Israeli law would make it a crime to be the family member that Israel does not like…..
Though it’s being couched as an “anti-terror” measure, the bill also covers people who the government perceives as “inciting violence” through speech or activism, as well as “rioters” and rock-throwers. And obviously all of their families
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon seems to get into trouble a couple of times a month for hostile comments directed at the Obama Administration. He was overdue, and speaking at a settlement religious school in the occupied West Bank, he let fly on comments about settlement expansion.Ya’alon blamed the US for the comparatively slow rate of settlement growth, even though the number of major settlement projects approved in the past two years has actually been quite high, saying Israel was “careful not to push the envelope too much.”
The same poll also suggests that Democrats are expressing greater and greater skepticism about Israel, which could give politicians freedom to say something (maybe?).
The Brookings Poll of American attitudes on the conflict was conducted by Shibley Telhami in November, with 1000+ American respondents.
Here’s the main finding:
Two states, One State, Annexation, Status Quo
The percentage of Americans who want the US government to push for a two-state solution remains constant at 39% from last year; but the percentage of those who
want the US to push for one state with equal citizenship has increased from 24% to 34%.
Among those who support two states, two-thirds would support one state if two states are not possible.
If a two-state solution is not possible, 71% of Americans (84% of Democrats, 60% of Republicans) favor a single democratic state with Arabs and Jews as equal over a
one in which Israel’s Jewish majority is sustained and Palestinians will not have equal citizenship.
5–Good news from Israel…..ex-Mossad chief has made it clear to the government………
There will never be peace in the Middle East as long as Israelis don’t treat the Palestinians as equals, Efraim Halevy said last week, accusing senior government officials of advancing “condescending” policies toward the Palestinians.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Times of Israel, the former head of the Mossad intelligence agency accused the outgoing government, especially Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, of having violated the fragile status quo in Jerusalem. The elections of March 2015 are not merely a referendum on Israel’s leadership, he said, but constitute an unprecedented opportunity to determine Israel’s policy vis-à-vis the peace process.
This person is very observant……violence will continue until the Israeli government shows some respect to the Palestinians and their desires……sadly that is not part of the plan of the Zionist bigots.
6–I have a surprised look on my face…….never thought I would hear this sort of thing…….
New UN Security Council resolutions are looming related to Palestinian statehood, and as usual Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is presenting the resolution’s passage as “fueling radical Islam.”
The presumption is that the Obama Administration will veto the resolutions as indeed the US historically vetoes anything that is even remotely opposed by the Israeli government as a matter of course.
Yet US officials say it is “too early to tell” and that they are undecided on the various proposals, and whether or not to veto them.
Actually I believe this is only the admin toying with the media….they have every intention to veto the Palestinian statehood proposal.
This concludes the news from the Occupied country of Palestine………
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