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A pro-Israel lobby group in the U.S. has launched a project intent on shifting the focus of the Obama administration away from West Bank settlements, claiming they are not an obstacle to peace and that their evacuation would amount to "ethnic cleansing."

Pro-Israel group: Obama settlements policy backs 'ethnic cleansing' of Jews

Frank Luntz has some gems in the 2009 The Israel Project’s 2009

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The Obama administration is about to introduce its vision of a peace process in the Middle East, and there is organized resistance.  If it is anything like the Health Care Reform push back, it cpuld get contentious, if dems are divided.

Frank Luntz gives us a window on the shape of the argument to come in The Israel Project’s 2009

The argument against forcing any change in the settlement situation is that it is a form of Ethnic Cleansing.

Under the banner of "The Best Settlement Argument," the manual urges its readers to disseminate the message that "the idea that anywhere that you have Palestinians there can't be any Jews, that some areas have to be Jew-free, is a racist idea. We cannot see why it is that peace requires that any Palestinian area would require a kind of ethnic cleansing to remove all Jews. We don't accept it."

Additionally there is the security argument, that the settlements are strategic security assets

Admitting that the settlements are the "toughest issue" in pro-Israel advocacy, and that the hostility towards Israel's settlement policy "is clearly evident," the document advises the activists to stick to the security benefits of the settlements at the expense of the theological argument.


The other argument for resisting Obama's initiative is that Hamas is sending suicide bombers and rockets into Israel on a daily basis.

However, both arguments aren't based on facts or logic.

The PA has said that jews would be welcome to live at peace in the new Palestinians State.


In fact the kind of state that we want to have, that we aspire to have, is one that would definitely espouse high values of tolerance, co-existence, mutual respect and deference to all cultures, religions.

No discrimination whatsoever, on any basis whatsoever," the Palestinian official reportedly said.

"Jews to the extent they choose to stay and live in the state of Palestine will enjoy those rights and certainly will not enjoy any less rights than Israeli Arabs enjoy now in the state of Israel," Fayad concluded.

Fayad: Jews welcome in our future state

It has been years since the last suicide bombing, the rockets have diminished greatly with the Palestinians themselves taking action against rogue rocketeers.  

Read some Luntz, be prepared

Originally posted to Eiron on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 03:23 PM PDT.


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