Kerry Blames Israeli Settlements for Breakdown

09post-articleLargeAn update in the NYT reports that Sec. of State John Kerry blamed the breakdown of the most recent attempt Mid-East peace talks on Israel’s announcement of new settlements in East Jerusalem.

Notice how, though, as in almost all major media outlets in America, the NYT quickly reports that the Palestinians are just as at fault with their supposed “tit-for-tat” actions by applying for statehood with various international unions.

In the American mass media, Israel can mostly do no wrong.

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Who’s More Invested: Palestine, Israel, or Kerry?

John KerryA good piece in The Guardian by Peter Beaumont argues that the United States, and Secy. of State John Kerry, specifically, is more invested and engaged with Mid-East peace talks than either Netanyahu or Abbas.

Beaumont’s analysis seems to be apparently true according to my opinion.

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Mid-East Talks Cancelled

02MIDEASTSUB2-articleLargeSec. of State John Kerry’s talks with the Palestinian Authorities Pres. Mahmoud Abbas were cancelled earlier today by Abbas, or by both. We do not exactly know.

The reason for the cancellation was that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have moved to appeal to 15 international agencies for Palestinian statehood, a move that the Israelis and U.S. are strongly against.

The Palestinian Authority announced that this path was taken because the Israelis missed a deadline for a fourth prisoner release that was scheduled for the end of March.

This appeal to agencies such as the Vienna and Geneva Conventions, is a good move despite the threat from the U.S. and Israel that they will stop financial aid to the occupied territories if such actions are taken.

In my opinion the Palestinians never get reasonable concessions from Israel within the parameters of the Peace Talks. The main sticker is that the Israelis always find a way to keep building further settlements in Palestinian territory and East Jerusalem, which most of the world considers illegal.

Also, the Israelis complain about the release of “terrorists” and “militant” prisoners who were engaged in the Intifadas. But what about all of the offenses by the Israeli military with their murder of civilians? It’s absurd.

So I believe that the Palestinians should take the road that they seem set upon taking by applying to these 15 agencies for the Peace Talks lead them to nowhere.

 

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Does Netanyahu Really Believe This?

Binyamin NetanyahuThe crazy thing about this speech by Israel PM Netanyahu is that the Iraeli right-wingers and Netanyahu himself may actually subscribe to this reasoning. If so, the upcoming peace talks are already a disaster.

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