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http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086339.html

The link is to an article alleging work is about to start on building yet another settlement in the occupied West Bank in defiance of international law and the expressed wishes the US.

Furthermore, it seems that Netanyahu has successfully elevated the imaginary Iran threat to top of the agenda, as the transcript of the Obama-Netanyahu press conference clearly illustrates.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086387.html

Is this the official death knell for two-states?

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Absolutely not the death to the two-states. It is clear that the Hamas are opening up in dialog. The question remains is the constitution within Palestine correct to bring a peaceful measure to governmental control. Will they be able to diplomatically be ready to deal with the dealings the world of governments now comming to the aid of a small community.

The goal isn't just a two party state we must work to bringing the region into a diplomatic front. Who is willing to step forward to bringing the trades to the world populations? Syria and its sugar with its long over educated engineers who find jobs weak within their own borders? Lybia and its find in oil and nationalization of the oil and the ability to allow it to be tapped to open up more resources. It is rather huge! Lebonon what are they doing and why is the strife within their social governmental groups so divided? Iran is just looking for a place on the map. The playing field was set up before the banking failures. The security of oil consortums was very real before and after the Iraqi war. We all talked about the purpose behind the purpose of these horrid serial killers left in control of regions. I don't know if you recall that Russia went under with their 50 billion walk out of foreign funds. I am not sure if you knew how many banks went on holiday quietly as the US government bought them out for a lot of depleated uranium never collected. Re-sell only sounded somewhat sound. It wasn't intended that they would drain out a river and take that old ww2 island of deserted uranium barrels and what they weren't counting on is the rats now had access to leave that island and go into the farm fields contaminating the farmers. This was pre-1999. Now after the energy of "Privatization" the war between oil groups was fierce. The bankers and oil men walked hand in hand into the Phillipines 250 banks went on holiday the energy plant was sold but the profit really lied in the investment in the banks. What a great profit margin. You take out a loan, fail to pay on it let the bank go under and then buy it back for fractions on the dollar! What bank survived? The peoples bank called the "Coconut bank", bought by the man known as the bird of prey. He is most likely the best businessman world wide. Lucio Tan!
Now getting back to the game board. These groups like to hang out with each other. It is like if you wear the right clothes you belong. It is no mistake Russia powered with Venezula and they teamed with Iran who cowed Syria into their group. What they didn't count on is China sitting on the fence or Lybia taking a better action by not taking one. So, now what you have is a world order split in two. The man who helped develop the atomic bomb was from the university of Bozeman in Montana USA. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what a nuke bomb can do to society or a group of people. So, lightly saying Iran is an imaginary threat when they went on the international stage thumbing their noses up to Israel and testing their strength. Placing russian bombers within hours of our USA capital. Which I basically laughed for the strength isn't where they put their muscle. Now this clear illustration you have failed to really take and listen to is the whole picture to the story. Yes there are bidding wars going on for the building. Just keep in mind there are many ngo's busy working on program and with their help the community at large will gain. I just can't give a lot of salt to this as the wounds are deep and you can't expect them to heal in a few meetings. It is the pressure the backers are giving them. The state is far from dead and I can assure you the world leaders are working hard to make this happen. It is just too bad we waited so long to do something that should have been done many moons ago.

Iran is more a threat to their own with their capabilities. Thank the university of Bagdad for having professors and grad students studying the enzyme that causes kidney failure. Due to the uranium. Many of these ideas have been buried for a time being and I am hoping these fine scholars get back to work and do what they were so close to achieving.

The biggest threat is in our own minds. We need to think clearly and walk with diplomacy and work towards all those programs we so need to bring lives to produce and become productive.

In our lifetime we will not see the hate subside. It takes the life of one mans life. WW2 1945 and there are still a lot of feelings to this and they are extremely strong. it may take 80 years for healing to truely heal. So, think about your children and worlk towards bringing them an agenda they will look back and be proud to know. Sterile land, people who are born with birth defects from the agents of the chemicals. Whole cities left abandoned and 20 years later still not habitable. Thats what we are fighting for.
3 years after the radiation we can dig 6 feet down and remove the contaminated soil to be able to farm again. My aunt was Japanese; she was one of 7 children; 4 were left in Japan during the bomb. I could never forget. The concentration camps were laid out thoughout the USA for the fear. My aunt lived 4 years on one with 10,000 other lives within one hour from my home town.

Don't wait for someone to make your life better. It is first up to you to start the chain.
In the surreal but still beautiful world we live in, the Prime Minister of Apartheid Israel refuses to even abide by the minimal requirements of a road map that Israel technically agreed to (freeze settlements, evacuate posts to pave the stage for a two state solution). Instead he is mobilizing the Israel-first lobby to push for a US confrontation with Iran hoping to repeat the "success" of neutralizing Iraq as potential regional power. And while in some European countries the only free speech not allowed is any questioning of any kind to the dominant narrative about the atrocities done to Jews during WWII, the second largest party in the Israeli government wants to ban any commemoration or even mention of the Palestinian Nakba (for Palestinians that is our holocaust that began with the destruction and ethnic cleansing of 530 villages and towns and continues apace today as homes are demolished regularly and Jewish only colonial settlements are built on our land).



What Netanyahu and company want is for Palestinians to continue to pick up the garbage and do the mundane healthcare and other activities while Israel maintains soverignity over the West Bank and Gaza and continue to pillage Palestinian resources. The International community is expected to continue to subsidize the occupation (40% of aid money to Palestinians ends up in Israeli hands). This is what Netanyahu refers to by an “economic peace” and not wanting “to govern the Palestinians”. It is an extension of the same program f political Zionism that for 61 years has pushed for maximum geography (for colonial Zionists and the Jewish state) with minimum demography (of native Palestinians). President Obama said some useful things in the press conference but the key is will he push to get actual results on the ground. Here is part of what Obama said:

“Now, Israel is going to have to take some difficult steps as well, and I shared with the Prime Minister the fact that under the roadmap and under Annapolis that there's a clear understanding that we have to make progress on settlements. Settlements have to be stopped in order for us to move forward. That's a difficult issue. I recognize that, but it's an important one and it has to be addressed. I think the humanitarian situation in Gaza has to be addressed. Now, I was along the border in Sderot and saw the evidence of weapons that had been raining down on the heads of innocents in those Israeli cities, and that's unacceptable. So we've got to work with the Egyptians to deal with the smuggling of weapons and it has to be meaningful because no Prime Minister of any country is going to tolerate missiles raining down on their citizens' heads. On the other hand, the fact is, is that if the people of Gaza have no hope, if they can't even get clean water at this point, if the border closures are so tight that it is impossible for reconstruction and humanitarian efforts to take place, then that is not going to be a recipe for Israel's long-term security or a constructive peace track to move forward. So all these things are going to have to come together and it's going to be difficult, but the one thing that I've committed to the Prime Minister is we are going to be engaged, the United States is going to roll up our sleeves. We want to be a strong partner in this process.”

Obama's other statement about an Iran threat were disappointing (since Iran threatened no one and never invaded a neighboring country like Israel repeatedly did). Netenyahu's statements were predictably racist (about maintenance of a "Jewish state" and killing of any resistance on the ground as a precondition for Palestinians getting back 1/1000 of their rights). The reality is that Israel is the regional threat with its nuclear arsenal and this rogue state has to be brought to comply with International law (already violating dozens of UN Security Council resolutions). So while some of what Obama said is nice, it does not go far enough and words will have no meaning if the US continues to fund the occupation practices. The key will be if we see Israel continue home demolitions and continue building settlements, then we know Obama will bring no change and we then know that the change will continue to come from other quarters as the US standing in the world continues to slide.

But I am also reminded about personal responsibility. It is true that we Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are prisoners and have no real "authority" (Palestinian National Authority is thus a huge misnomer). Prisoners were allowed to hold elections and once the moderate prisoners won and the second time the hard line prisoners won and now the two prison sections are managed by the prisoner leaders of two different factions. But in either case prisoners have to deal with the jailor who determines everything. And a prison official is very happy about this division they fostered. Prisoners must push their “leaders” to let go of these imaginary leadership positions, go back to collective action. My opinion is that there ought to be no "president" or "ministers" when we are talking about occupied areas. Both Hamas and Fatah have already agreed twice on reconstituting the PLO but they can’t agree on modalities of managing the prison cells. I would say drop that latter part and work on the former part. Demand freedom and struggle for it under a rejuvenated and reconstituted representative PLO and worry about elections among prisoners and prison cell administration only AFTER freedom is achieved. I think this would have to happen.. I think it must happen.

In the meantime, we cannot wait, we must intensify our work for peace with justice. This means intensifying our education campaigns, our boycotts, divestments, and sanctions campaigns, and ofcourse resistance on the ground. I personally believe in civil resistance as in the forms practiced in Bil’in, Ni’ilin, AlMa’sara etc though International law does give the right to all other forms of resistance for people under colonial occupation. For

"Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law" (From Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which Israel is a signatory) and "If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable." (John Fitzgerald Kennedy).

I remain optimistic. The world is changing. 20 years ago I used to beg people to hear me tell the narrative of our history of dispossession and the balance of power was such that those who did find out the truth were afraid to speak out. Now the situation is completely different. Many teams and individuals come to us in Palestine and ask us to show them what is going on, many invite Palestinians to give talks in other countries (now hundreds each week), and many ask us for guidance on what to do to help (my most common answer is explained in this link: http://www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/52 )
Personally, I do not expect Benjamin Netanyahu to make any concessions or take any steps that will bring about peace. He's is an extremist, a fanatic, and I would say determined to start another war, which is probably what will happen.

Hamas also is not a great partner or participant in any peace. They are a terrorist organization of religious fanatics -- like Netanyahu except that Netanyahu is in control and has the power and doesn't have to act as the victim, like Hamas.

Maybe with those two extremists gone, we might have a chance for peace. But in the end, if we don't, Palestinians will simply wait for the moment when they can do what Jews did in 1948 and take their land back. Or, Israelis can wise up and push their government to make a reliable peace now and spare everyone future grief.

It's been only 61 years. The Gettysburg address spoke about 80 (4 score) ... time is on the side of the Palestinians. If I were Israeli, I would see that and either fight for peace ... or others may opt for the shortterm goal and fight for more conflict as Netanyahu is doing.

-- ray hanania
www.RadioChicagoland.com
Ray,

we cab buy Benjamin Netanyahu , this is the advantage of the situation, what if we give him 10% of Israeli security budget? and make him the prime minister that signed peace agreement and remove the settlements?

seriously, US, Arab world and Eu can now help us make Benjamin Netanyahu make the most important decision in Israel and Palestine history.
Neri: I dissagree with your statement because imagine if someone said the same that you said of Netanyahu of Musolini in 1936:
"we cab buy Benito Musloini, this is the advantage of the situation, what if we give him 10% of Italian security budget? and make him the prime minister that signed peace agreement ...."

IMHO Unless you put pressure behind your statements, fascism will continue to be alive and well and growing here.

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