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Thursday, December 03, 2009


Ehud Barak puts an end to the "2-state" fantasy

Ehud Barak, Israel's Defense Minister, had this to say yesterday:
Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with four West Bank council heads in his office on Wednesday, and stressed to them that "the settlement blocs are an inseparable part of Israel in all future negotiations with the Palestinians. The Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea are regions that are dear to my heart."
If it wasn't obvious to everyone before, it should be obvious now that Israel's idea of a "Palestinian state" is one that exists somewhere else. Gaza maybe. Somewhere in the future (that will always remain the future). But definitely not the West Bank.

Oh, and by the way, that settlement "freeze" that was pretty thin ice to begin with? It just thawed completely, as Netanyahu gave permission for new building in an area which was neither East Jerusalem, a municipal building, or a project already under construction.

Update: Oh, and while we're on the subject of promises broken the day after they're made, that "Afghanistan exit" that will "begin" (even as ill-defined as that word is) in July 2011? Not so much. Fingers were crossed and all that.

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