Monday, March 28, 2005

Israel, Palestine, Peace and the West Bank

What is with the West Bank of Israel that all the world Gov'ts think that it is sacred or something. Every time Israel plans a new settlement in it, the EU and America go crazy. Here is the EU's responce to Israels recent plan to expand:
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union (news - web sites)'s foreign policy chief has accused Israel of breaching the international community's "road map" for Middle East peace by moving to expand the biggest settlement in the occupied West Bank.

"The High Representative expresses his concern after the Israeli decision to issue building permits for the E1 project in Maaleh Adumim," the EU's Javier Solana said in a statement issued late on Thursday.

"This decision contravenes the commitment of the parties to abstain from any unilateral measure that could affect the final settlement as the Quartet recalled in London on March 1," he said, referring to the group of international mediators -- the United States, Russia, the EU and the United Nations (news - web sites).

The EU expected Israel to respect its obligations under the "road map," which included a freeze on Jewish settlements in occupied territories, Solana said.

The peace plan, adopted in 2003, provides for reciprocal steps by the Israelis and the Palestinians, leading to the creating of a provisional Palestinian state.

Israel is supposed to halt all settlement activity in the first phase, in return for security measures to end violence which new Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is implementing.

And here is America's:
LOS ANGELES -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Israel's plans to expand a West Bank settlement was "at odds with American policy" and could threaten peace with the Palestinians, marking her sharpest attack of Israel since taking office, it was reported Friday.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Rice said the Israeli plan to add 3,500 housing units to the Maale Adumim settlement east of Jerusalem were "not really a satisfactory response."

I don't care what any Gov't says, the West Bank is part of Israel, and they are not going to give it up. Yes, they made give part of it up to the undeserving Palestinians for their own "state", but the rest is theirs to do as they want. Does Palestine think it should own all of it? If that is the case, then they are dreaming, because it will not happen. There will never be peace with Palestine, because they will always want more land and they think they should own all of Israel, not just a small portion. This attitude of everyone that the West Bank should not be settled upon by Israel is dangerous and is a time bomb, because it creats an illusion of "land for peace" and so far the Palestinians have not lived up to there end of the bargain for any extended period of time. The reality should be that Israel will set aside a walled in portion of the West Bank and say to Palestine "if you are good boys and girls for 6 mths, you can have this, and NO MORE!" The West Bank is Israels, they won it in '67, and they can what they want with it, and to hell with everyone else. And that goes for all of Jerusalem also.

Mr Minority