Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Netanyahu Speaks; The Israel-Palestine Ball Remains in Obama's Court

The Israeli prime minister's speech responding to U.S. wishes for the region amounted to little more than rhetorical change.

by Phyllis Bennis
Common Dreams

"Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu threw a rhetorical bone to President Obama in his much anticipated speech on June 14, when he used the term "Palestinian state." But he conceded nothing of substance, reiterating Israel's continuing rejection of real Palestinian statehood, independence, sovereignty, and self-determination. He demanded that the Palestinians recognize and accept Israel as the "national homeland of the Jewish People," not a state of all its citizens, thus requiring Palestinians to accept the legitimacy of Israel's discriminatory practices. And his speech continued Israel's escalation of threats against Iran......"

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