Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Killing Israel's peace process

There was nothing surprising about Binyamin Netanyahu's speech, offering Palestinians a 'flag and currency' but little else

Ben White
guardian.co.uk, Monday 15 June 2009

".....The Ha'aretz website's "live blogging" of the speech concluded with this wry summary of Netanyahu's policy towards the Palestinians: "It seemed to be no to dividing Jerusalem, no to the return of refugees or an independent state and no to a real settlement freeze. But you'll be well-off and taken care of." This is a recipe for a new intifada, not peace.

Ironically, Netanyahu concluded by citing from the Biblical prophet Isaiah, looking forward to a future when "nation will not take up sword against nation". Unfortunately for both Israelis and Palestinians, he missed a more appropriate verse; it is only "justice" that "will produce lasting peace and security"."

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