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posted 19 November 2003 03:19 PM      Profile for evenflow        Edit/Delete Post
Bush Toughens Stance on Israeli Barrier

LONDON (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) toughened his criticism of Israel Wednesday, urging it not to prejudice final peace talks with its construction of a huge security barrier in Palestinian territory.

Israel instantly spurned the appeal by its closest ally, insisting work would not stop on the West Bank barrier it says is needed to stop suicide bombers and other militants from attacking the Jewish state.

"Israel should freeze settlement construction, dismantle unauthorized outposts, end the daily humiliation of the Palestinian people and not prejudice final negotiations with the placement of walls and fences," Bush said in a London speech.

The president had in the past called the fence a "problem" but a U.S. official said the unusually tougher tone -- in a keynote speech on a state visit to Britain -- was occasioned by the swearing-in of a new Palestinian cabinet last week.

The official said Israel had to be reminded that like the Palestinians, it had obligations to peacemaking.

Bush certainly does talk the talk.

From: learning land | Registered: Dec 2002  |  IP: Logged
Babbler # 3980

posted 19 November 2003 04:46 PM      Profile for Courage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
What strikes me even more is that Bush can even mention 'final peace talks' as though the major issues are even close to being dealt with by the 'Road Map', let alone by the political players themselves. Heck, wasn't Sharon threatening to expel or assasinate Arafat a few weeks back?
From: Earth | Registered: Apr 2003  |  IP: Logged
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posted 20 November 2003 01:14 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Oh yeah, well what strikes me is that anyone believes that by signing a treaty, history will suddenly stop and nothing will ever again change.

The one constant in the region is that nothing is constant. States and empires come and go. The current state of Israel may last 20 years, it may last 100, but it is not going to last forever.

The people who live there will probably remain, but the political situation will remain fluid. This is why it is so important for Jews and Arabs in the region to integrate - take lessons from what the Europeans are now doing, and what Canadians have always done.

If they don't, there will be a disaster.

From: Saskatchistan | Registered: Feb 2003  |  IP: Logged

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