Sunday, March 29, 2009

NYT: Give the Palestinians what they want, or else.

Ted Belman

As the Netanyahu government nears completion, everyone is piling on the pressure to succumb to Palestinian demands. The EU made it clear again, if Israel rejects the two-state solution, it wont be business as usual between Israel and the EU.

Yesterday the NY Times, the publisher of the antisemitic Oliphant cartoon, editorialized,

It will not be that hard to judge by his deeds, and relatively soon, whether Mr. Netanyahu is serious about seeking peace with the Palestinians. His government is expected to win parliamentary approval next week.After that, we suggest that he start with freezing further settlement construction and expansion in the West Bank, as Israel has so often promised but failed to do. He should lift roadblocks between Palestinian cities and towns that are not needed for security. In East Jerusalem, he should stop the humiliating eviction of Palestinians. And in Gaza, he must expand exceptions to the blockade to allow the import of cement and reconstruction materials.

If Mr. Netanyahu is serious about being a partner for peace, he will not get in the way of the militant group Hamas entering a Palestinian unity government with the rival Fatah faction — as long as that government is committed to preventing terrorism and accepts past agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. He will recognize that the United States has its own interests in diplomacy with Syria, Iran and the Palestinians — and allow the Obama administration the freedom to pursue them. He also will not start a preventive war with Iran.

Comment: So much for the NY Times supporting Israel-It is Obama's way or the highway-what have you done ?

1 comment:

PrincessDee said...

Isreal must do what is right and stop settlement activity in the West Bank, stop the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and allow Palestians to be free and to form their own state.

The United States must stop supporting Israel unless the Israeli government can prove, through deeds done, that it recognizes past agreements and accord and abides by both its own laws regarding settlements and international laws.

Kudos to the NY Times for supporting freedom of speech and not allowing special interest groups to usurp this basic American right!