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DrConway
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posted 30 November 2003 05:40 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Check it.

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Hundreds of Israeli, Palestinian and international supporters of an unofficial Middle East peace initiative known as the Geneva Accords, are expected to attend a signing ceremony on Monday.

Between 300 and 400 Israeli and Palestinian supporters of the Geneva Accords were flying into Geneva on so-called peace flights. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will be one of several distinguished guests scheduled to speak at the signing ceremony.



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DavidB-D
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posted 30 November 2003 05:51 PM      Profile for DavidB-D     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Palestinian-American Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab History at Columbia University in New York. He says ... the informal pact has no realistic future because its terms were negotiated by people who have no government seal of approval.

So true.

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beluga2
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posted 30 November 2003 07:00 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
So true, and so sad.

To be a little more accurate, there's no Israeli government seal of approval. Other high-ranking officials have given their thumbs-up:

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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat welcomes it, as do Secretary of State Colin Powell and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Sharon's now standing alone, bravely holding off the threat of peace.


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DrConway
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posted 30 November 2003 08:47 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Flurry of Israeli-Palestinian contacts ahead of Geneva ceremony

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JERUSALEM : Washington's top envoy William Burns has met with senior Israeli officials, amid a flurry of diplomatic activity coinciding with the launch in Geneva of an unofficial peace blueprint.

Ahead of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Burns met his foreign minister, Silvam Shalom, to whom he reiterated the US call that settlement outposts in the West Bank be dismantled.



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al-Qa'bong
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posted 01 December 2003 01:40 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Sharon May Annex Part of the West Bank

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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is considering dismantling Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip while simultaneously annexing blocs of West Bank settlements if peace efforts fail, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Sharon adviser Zalman Shoval stopped short of confirming the report, but suggested Israel would keep some areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and leave others, if it were to take unilateral steps in the absence of a peace deal. Sharon is under increasing pressure to end three years of fighting and renew long-stalled talks.

On Friday, Maariv newspaper quoted unidentified officials as saying that Sharon would annex West Bank territories -- such as the large settlement blocs of Gush Etzion or Maale Adumim -- while dismantling some Gaza Strip settlements.



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evenflow
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posted 01 December 2003 10:55 AM      Profile for evenflow        Edit/Delete Post
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Sharon's now standing alone, bravely holding off the threat of peace.

Very eloquently put. Let's hope there is enough external pressure this time to force him into doing something that will work towards peace for a change.


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josh
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posted 01 December 2003 11:23 AM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
He's doing more than just standing:

"IDF forces mounting a major raid in Ramallah on
Monday, killed three armed Palestinian militants
and a 9-year-old boy, later demolishing a
four-story building believed to be hiding a Hamas
man on Israel's most-wanted lists."

"Referring to the timing of the raid, mounted
hours before Israeli and Palestinian delegrates
were to gather in Switzerland for the formal
launch of the Geneva Accord alternative peace
plan, State-owned Israel Radio noted that the
operation had been planned long in advance, and
that it was more likely tied to the possibility
of a cease-fire in the near future."

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/367035.html

Knowing Sharon, this was no coincidence. Whenever an extended lull in the conflict raises the threat of peace talks, Sharon springs into action.


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Michelle
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posted 01 December 2003 11:29 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Exactly. Sharon doesn't want peace - he's not electable if there is peace in the region.
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DrConway
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posted 01 December 2003 09:20 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Israel, Palestine both trash peace agreement.

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A gathering of world statesmen gave their blessing to an unofficial Middle East peace agreement yesterday despite the ceremony being derided by both Israel and Palestinians.

A spokesman for Ariel Sharon, Israel's prime minister, accused Israeli peace campaigners who negotiated the accord with Palestinian officials of dancing around a "golden calf", the biblical symbol of a false god.



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al-Qa'bong
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posted 02 December 2003 12:42 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Sharon must be determined to avoid peace at all costs:

Israel builds settlement in al-Quds

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The building, which began on Sunday after being quietly approved by local authorities in recent months, coincided with the arrival of US envoy William Burns, who is in the region trying to revive the so-called "road map" for peace.

I guess Likud wants to show the Yanks that they'll do as they please. Of course the USA will do nothing.

This move, coupled with the the Palestinian deaths caused during the most recent IOF military aggression, may be timed to provoke Palestinians into some violent act while the US envoy is in the neighbourhood. The Israelis can then claim they are "under seige" and continue, and perhaps even escalate, their illegal activities in the occupied territories.

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Smith
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posted 02 December 2003 11:54 AM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Maybe when Sharon talked of "painful land concessions," he meant something like "we won't take over the entire West Bank; we'll let the Palestinians keep Ramallah and, oh, maybe a few square feet of desert. Ouch."
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