Sunday, May 29, 2005

Could Kerry have said this?

I wrote earlier about some recent quotes from US president Bush. Other people also noted the enormity of his statements.
The most unsettling, if not shocking remark by the president was a direct reference to the 1949 “Armistice lines” agreed to by Israel and Jordan at the end of the War of Independence. Those lines, the famous “Auschwitz borders” as they were called by the late Israeli Labor-party statesman Abba Eban, leaves Israel’s heavily populated coastal plain, just 9-11 miles from the border of what would be Palestine.

Not only are none of the major settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria, such as Ma’ale Adumim included in those borders, but neither are the Western Wall, the Old City of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramot, Gilo, Neve Yaakov, East Talpiot, Pisgat Ze’ev (to name a few), nor the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway (Route 1) as it crosses into the Latrun area.

Yet President Bush, standing next to the man whom he would like to become the first president of Palestine, told Abbas and the rest of the world, that the reference point for negotiating the future boundary between the two states was the 1949 lines, and that any change to that border “must be mutually agreed to” between Israel and the Arabs.

In other words, as far as Bush is concerned, Abbas must approve Israel's annexing the Western Wall or even part of the Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem highway to the Jewish State. Conversely, without his agreement, those areas are slated to be part of an independent State of Palestine.

Where then, is the great quid-pro-quo for the Gaza withdrawal, the highly-touted and heavily-marketed Bush promises to Sharon that the U.S. recognizes the facts on the ground in Judea and Samaria, the settlement blocs that preclude a withdrawal to the 1949 Armistice lines?
Good question. Where is the quid-pro-quo? I'll tell you: IT IS IN THE TOILET. Where Sharon belongs.

The Americans are our friends only slightly more than Saudi Arabia is. Israel must take back Gaza. Now.

And I'm beginning to fear I owe an apology to those I called dumbasses for favoring Kerry over Bush. Talk about flip-flops. This makes me physically ill.

1 Comments:

Blogger The Lioness said...

Apologies accepted.

I TOLD YOU SO!

You knew I had to say it, didn't you. I've been good so far but now I had to say it. I don't think Kerry would ever had done this, regardless of his political flaws. Not ever. He is a different sort of man.

1:17 PM  

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