"In the Middle East, there has been in the past an overinvestment, perhaps, by the parties in pursuing confidence-building measures, conflict-management techniques, including transitional arrangements, and an overemphasis on gestures, perhaps at the expense of reaching the actual end game."
Judeh said he wants to avoid
"piecemeal approaches that never lead to peace and that have proven repeatedly to be confidence-eroding, rather than confidence-building."
Well Nasser, maybe the confidence erodes because Israel was the one taking all the steps while Arabs smuggled rockets, blew up buses, killed children, kidnapped soldiers...all while pocketing the world's money and rejecting the most basic and essential premise; that Israel has a right to exist as the sovereign Jewish homeland. Nah, it couldn't be that.
This is an increasingly embarrassing pattern for Team Marack. They have spent months demanding the Israelis halt construction in Judea and Samaria and in exchange the White House would deliver Arab concessions on opening trade offices, allowing academic exchanges and permitting civilian Israeli aircraft access to Arab airspace.
The Arabs have already said that freezing settlements means nothing to them, and it would not precipitate any concessions from them...and yet they make settlement freeze demand, because they hear Marack doing it and they know it's his hot button issue; not genocide in Darfur, not Iran, not the Taliban, not Russian expansionism, not the degrading security conditions with our border with Mexico...Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria is what keeps Marack up at night.
What is really weird, almost bordering on psychotic, is how Clinton is playing Queen of d'Nile, talking about George Mitchell making progress, thanking Jordan for its "vital role" (when someone figures out what that is you let me know), and saying:
"We are working with the Israelis, the Palestinian Authority and Arab states to take the steps needed to make that [resuming negotiations] possible. The foreign minister and I discussed this effort, and I expressed our deep appreciation for Jordan's leadership in working with other Arab states to support peace with deeds, as well as words."
What the fuck is she talking about? Deeds? Words? What the fuck is she talking about?
After that little bit of nonsensical bullshit she went right into condemning Israel over the enforcement of the Israeli high court's decision to remove an Arab family illegally squatting in a home owned by Jews:
"The eviction of families and demolition of homes in east Jerusalem is not in keeping with Israeli obligations and I urge the government of Israel and municipal officials to refrain from such provocative actions."
Which leads us directly to today's second smackdown, this one issued by Bibi spokesman, Mark Regev:
"The eviction yesterday in Jerusalem was a result of a ruling by our Supreme Court that had to decide in a dispute between two parties over the legal control of a property. The Supreme Court ruled for one side and not the other. In all democracies the rulings of the courts must be upheld, and it is incumbent on the executive branch to implement such decisions."
In other words, the United States has no purview whatsoever to dictate how Israeli courts should rule, or have any say so as to whether the Israeli Chief Executive will enforce any Israeli court decision or not. This would be like Israel condeming the Supreme Court of the United States for the Roe decision and then attempting to exert authority over the President to prevent him from enforcing it.
The State Department is so out of bounds that I think there is a tear in the fabric of the Time/Space Continuum.
Regev said the Israeli Supreme Court:
Regev said the Israeli Supreme Court:
"is renowned internationally for both its independence and its professionalism. There are countless examples of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Palestinians in land disputes."
The housing complex is located in the Sheik Jarra neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem. The home was originally Jewish, but its Jewish occupants were chased out during countrywide anti-Jewish Arab riots in 1929. Arabs then squatted on the property, with one family, the Hejazi family, becoming the de facto occupants despite never having purchased the property.
Even though documentation shows the complex is owned by Jews and that Arabs have been squatting on it illegally for almost a century, Jewish groups say they still legally re-purchased the property from the Hejazi family.
Following pressure from the Palestinian Authority, however, the family later denied selling the complex back to the Jews despite documentation and other evidence showing the sale went through.
The PA in April warned Palestinians against selling their homes or properties to Jews, saying those who violate the order would be accused of "high treason" – a charge that carries the death penalty. [Shtuey note: A man was sentenced to death for this earlier this year]
Israel's court system twice ruled the property in question belongs to Jews.
Articles on the topic by Agence France-Presse and Reuters use the terms "occupied" and "East Jerusalem" to describe the area in which the house is located. Reuters called it "occupied Arab East Jerusalem."
According to international law, however, eastern sections of Jerusalem are not "occupied" but "disputed." Referring to the area as "Arab East Jerusalem" presupposes the outcome of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that have yet to take place and ignores British documentation that authenticates Jews outnumbered Arabs in eastern Jerusalem from the 19th century until Jews were expelled by Arabs in 1929.
The use of the term "East Jerusalem" is widespread. Historically, however, there was never any separation between eastern and western Jerusalem. The terminology came after Jordan occupied the eastern section of the city, including the Temple Mount, from 1947 until it used the territory to attack the Jewish state in 1967. Israel reunited Jerusalem when it won the 1967 Six Day War, although the Palestinians claim eastern sections for a future capital.
So far this week Marack and his Cast of Idiots are 0-3, with nothing to show for it accept heaps of embarrassment and racism.