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Sunday, October 09, 2005

"Israel also has a large stake in the success of a democratic Palestine. Permanent occupation threatens Israel’s identity and democracy [????? I guess "temporary" occupation is OK....]. So the United States continues to challenge Israeli leaders [by increasing aid] to take concrete steps [like building the wall and increasing aid in response to settlement activity] to support the emergence of a viable, credible Palestinian state. As there is progress towards security [of "Israel" only], Israel forces need to withdraw fully to positions they held prior to September 28, 2000 [of course, the '67 war was started by Arabs]. And consistent with the recommendations of the Mitchell Committee, Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories must stop [so let's increase "aid"...] As violence subsides [for "Israel"], freedom of movement should be restored, permitting innocent Palestinians to resume work and normal life [but it is permissible that those same innocent Palestinians be shot while hanging laundry or playing on the roofs of their houses, and it is permissible that they rot in the camps with little water and food, while "Israel continues to turn parts of the West Bank into resort towns and tourist centres, and other parts into waste dumps...]. The United States can play a crucial role but, ultimately, lasting peace can only come when Israelis and Palestinians resolve the issues and end the conflict between them [yup, pure genius]."

Source: The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, Sept. 2002.

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