Saturday, November 13, 2010

US trades support for Israel for temporary construction freeze

This so called support used to be without preconditions, is the current 'guarantee' also temporary? What if Israel doesn't agree to the freeze - will the USA join those who seek to eliminate Israel? This is the oddest trade ever put forth. Does the USA support Israel's right to exist or not?! How come this is negotiable?

U.S.: We'll fight delegitimization of Israel in exchange for settlement freeze

The United States has offered Israel a package of incentives to reinstate a freeze on West Bank settlement construction.

The package of incentives includes American commitments to fight against efforts to delegitimize Israel.

The security cabinet met Saturday night in Jerusalem to be updated on Netanyahu's talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last Thursday in New York.

According to "The Cable" blog, White House Middle East adviser Dan Shapiro told a group of American Jewish leaders on Friday that the incentives package includes commitments to oppose anti-Israel diplomatic efforts in the international arena.

The U.S. incentives package would include: curbing actions by the United Nations on the Goldstone Report; blocking anti-Israel UN resolutions concerning the Gaza flotilla raid; defeating international resolutions aimed at exposing Israel's nuclear program at the International Atomic Energy Agency; and strengthening pressure on Iran and Syria in regards to their nuclear and proliferation activities.

U.S.-sponsored direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority broke down on September 26 when a 10-month Israeli freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank expired. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he would not restart negotiations with Israel while settlement construction continues.

OK, let's assume Israel freezes again, what then? Hamas will go away? Abbas will make any single compromise towards Israel? In 20 years of negotiations, what compromise have the Arabs done?

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