Closing Thought–05Dec16

Palestine………

I have been a supporter of the state of Palestine ever since I worked in the region in the late 70’s-early 80’s…..I have written many posts about the need to the world to finally recognize Palestine as a real country….

Of course this will be difficult when Israel has a death hold on our Congress and Prez…..even the American people see that there is TOO much influence by Israel…..

The survey found a clear majority of Americans (76%) said Israel was “a strategic asset” to the US, its authors said. At the same time, they said, “a majority of Democrats, 55%, say that Israel is also a burden”; among Republicans, 24% consider Israel a burden. Fifty-two percent of Independents do not consider Israel a burden and 41% think it is.

The surveys also showed 55% of Democrats believe Israel has too much influence on American politics and policies, while 54% of Republicans think Israel has the “right level” of influence.

The surveys also found that the percentage of Americans supporting sanctions against Israel over its settlement policy grew by 9 percent over the past year and now stands at 46%.

America’s greatest chance of a peaceful settlement of this situation was when Jimmy Carter brokered a deal with Israel and Egypt…..I realize the Right does not like Carter much but he is the closest thing we have had as a statesman in many many years….

He has written much on the Palestinian question and now he has come out once again in favor of Palestine……

Time is running out before the Oval Office changes hands, and in Jimmy Carter’s mind, that leaves a limited window for one major thing on America’s to-do list: helping Palestine receive UN membership by granting diplomatic recognition before President Obama leaves the White House. In his opinion piece for the New York Times, the 39th president lays out his argument, starting with the Camp David Accords signed during his own administration in the late ’70s, meant to jump-start a lasting peace between Israel and Egypt and, therefore, the entire Middle East. Carter notes how Obama has tried to keep to that code, as well as to the UN Security Council resolution it was based on after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, by standing firm on 1967-dictated borders and against illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory.

Now, however, “the commitment to peace is in danger of abrogation,” Carter laments, pointing out even more settlements are being built and that Israeli settlers are able to enjoy citizenship and legal benefits their Palestinian counterparts don’t—”hastening a one-state reality that could destroy Israeli democracy and will result in intensifying international condemnation of Israel.” And so he’s calling for a Security Council resolution to guarantee peace for both sides, which, combined with UN membership and US recognition, would “bolster moderate Palestinian leadership” while simultaneously assuring Israel the world is looking out for its security, too—a two-state solution he says has been a long time coming. “I fear for the spirit of Camp David. We must not squander this chance,” he notes. Carter’s whole argument is here.

It is time for the Western world to put this issue to bed.

That’s my day…..I’m out…will be back tomorrow….go have a day my friends.

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13 thoughts on “Closing Thought–05Dec16

  1. Your quotation, I think is from Carter you said… not sure when he made it offhand, but I found myself asking the question, “Both sides? Besides Israel who is the other side these days?” Your suggestion that the Western powers should put this issue to rest is a bit too simplistic given everything occurring in the Mid East these days can trace some root to 1948 Israel and the Israeli/American relationship… including Isis. Just because no one is currently trying to destroy Israel in overt battle doesn’t mean the current state of affairs in all the Arab countries, civil wars, revolutions, whatever, doesn’t have some history in blaming Israel or America for all their pain and suffering.

    Quite honestly, I don’t know what all this influence is that Israel has been asserting here in the U.S. They’ve been pretty quiet during all our shenanigans there in the Mid East (except for the Iran deal involvement Netanyahu had with Congress). Oh, I am sure they are assisting as needed along the intelligence gathering lines, as they should… since we are all friends… allegedly. Now with our recent bump toward nationalism and Trump coming to bat I don’t see Israel being any more of a big deal than it has for the last 8 years.

    1. They are never silent…maybe in the news but that is by design…I think this wioll be more of a “deal” than you think…but we will have to wait and see

      1. dear chuq.check out the site of the statement u liked ( the last one) 😦 zio & u fell for it..:-( 🙂

      2. he is back again..I will let the others deal with him….these people hate the Palestinians check his tweet page!!!
        I always do…..u shld see it 😦
        ..

  2. Geez… penniewoodfall… couldn’t you have cited something better than conspiracy sites? Let me guess, you can’t trust the “corrupt, liberal, and biased” TV and print press because it’s easier to believe conspiracy and fake news sites??

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