Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Israel Should "Stop Building Settlements" Deja Vu

At the 2009 AIPAC meeting Vice President Joe Biden suggested Israel should stop building settlements, remove settlement outposts and allow Palestinians freedom of movement. This is a familiar refrain.

September 16, 1998 Boston Globe

If Israel wants peace, it will need to stop settlements, end land seizures, and offer the Palestinians a larger percent of the occupied territory...

February 6, 1999 Seattle Post Intelligencer

Israel stood alone at the UN General Assembly yesterday, defiantly defending its settlement policies...

April 30, 2000 Jerusalem Post

Peace Now called on Prime Minister Ehud Barak to clamp down on settlement construction and implement the building freeze he imposed in Judea...

May 23, 2001 Christian Science Monitor

"The pressure to stop [or] pause in settlement expansion must come from within the Israeli body politic."

April 29, 2002 Chicago Tribune

Israel is under international pressure, including from the United States, to stop settlement growth

June 4, 2003 The Times UK "Stop settlements now, Bush tells Israel"

Israel has got responsibilities,” Mr Bush said on the eve of today’s historic Middle East peace summit. “Israel must deal with the settlements.

May 26, 2005 USA Today

Bush said Israel should "stop settlement expansion" and help "improve the daily lives of Palestinians" by easing checkpoints.

Four years and two Israeli wars later, Vice President Joe Biden's charge echoes hollow. It's hard to believe Israel wants peace.

Update 5-20-11:   President Obama offered theater for the masses with his call for Israel to give back settlements.  He also bound U.S. security to the Middle East, a place where America has a long history of tampering with foreign governments.