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  •  Things may change on the ground...for the worse (12+ / 0-)
    Palestinian anger at US fuels diplomatic crisis over statehood.

    Nabil Shaath, a member of the team headed by President Mahmoud Abbas that left for New York said he "gulped" when he saw the proposal presented by the US team of David Hale and Dennis Ross

    "This was the statement supposed to persuade Abu Mazen [Abbas] not to go?" he said. There was no mention of Israeli settlements, of the future of Jerusalem or of refugees. It also included the demand that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a "Jewish state". The US, he added, was "not a neutral observer, but a strategic ally of Israel".

    Nabil Shaath is quite correct in his assessment.

    Among the threats of retaliation made by Israeli ministers are tearing up the Oslo accords, under which the Palestinian Authority was given control of parts of the West Bank and Gaza, annexing West Bank settlements to Israel and withholding tax revenues which Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinians.

    How much of this punitive garbage would Obama sit still for, or did Bibi's love fest with the Congress give him a blank check to do whatever he wants to?

    Dennis Ross has no business being a negotiator for the U.S.

    One unnamed official told Rozen that Ross “seems to be far more sensitive to Netanyahu's coalition politics than to U.S. interests. And he doesn't seem to understand that this has become bigger than Jerusalem but is rather about the credibility of this administration.


    Gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil. ~ Al Gore

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Sep 17, 2011 at 08:09:33 PM PDT

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