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  •  Thats exactly what I thought. (3+ / 0-)
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    greenskeeper, corvo, driftwood

    More talk while Israel does what it wants during those "talks".  Half the letter seems to be talking points used ad-nauseum over 20 years.  I mean look at this.

    As steadfast supporters of Israel and the U.S.-Israeli relationship, we are writing to express our support for the start of proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on ending the Israeli-Palestinian dispute with the active participation of U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell. We applaud the Obama administration’s commitment to re-start the stalled peace process and play a lead role in securing an agreement.

    We strongly believe that a permanent peace agreement – with two states, living side by side in peace and security– can only be achieved with the United States bringing the parties together and driving them to a settlement. We must commit ourselves to offering ideas and solutions to bridge the gaps on the most intractable issues.

    If you change the names around then you pretty much have the introduction to every AIPAC sponsored congressional letter ever written.  

    I will vote, but always with a caution that voting is not crucial, and organizing is the important thing.

    by General Choomin on Thu May 27, 2010 at 11:25:24 AM PDT

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    •  actually, I don't think so. (2+ / 0-)
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      corvo, Terra Mystica

      the current rightwinger line is that the US should leave the Israelis and Palestinians alone to sort out their own problems.

      While I don't agree with the letter, I think it does represent a shift. We can enjoy it and still fight to undermine Israel's stranglehold on US policy.

      First defeat, then deceit, then you're totally in denial (old Fellahin proverb)

      by Ptah the Great on Thu May 27, 2010 at 01:32:07 PM PDT

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      •  what shift?? (0+ / 0-)

        I think it does represent a shift. We can enjoy it

        i must be missing something. i'm not understanding the point of the letter. clinton as sec of st is already doing this, obama is already doing this. so what exactly does this mean:

        We appreciate your attention to this request and we look forward to hearing from you.

        ???? does it mean mitchell should work faster? or harder? what request?

        We applaud Prime Minister Netanyahu for committing to direct talks and we urge you to press President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to reciprocate.

        oh, that's what it means...pressure abbas and fayyad. where's the shift in that? am i the only person here who noticed everybody got applauded in this letter except a palestinian.

        We urge all sides to transition to direct talks as soon as possible.

        ah yeah. maybe she could present a plan. maybe when netanyahu meets w/obama he could tell us how far he's willing to budge on 'jerusalem is not a settlement'.
        sorry, i don't see a shift. and didn't the palestinians just make an offer????

        Palestinian negotiators have surprised Washington with a bold opening offer...Palestinians told Mr. Mitchell they are prepared to match offers that they made to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during peace negotiations in 2008, and may be willing to double the amount of West Bank land to be included in a land swap, according to the officials briefed on the negotiations.

        why aren't they getting applauded?

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