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Israel rejects US proposals on Jordan Valley

Ma’an – 05/01/2014

JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel rejects any US-proposed security concessions for the Jordan Valley, a cabinet member close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, as US Secretary John Kerry visited the Middle East.

“Security must remain in our hands. Anyone who proposes a solution in the Jordan Valley by deploying an international force, Palestinian police or technological means … does not understand the Middle East,” Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israeli public radio.

Steinitz’s comments came after three days of intense shuttle diplomacy by Kerry, who was trying to push a framework for final status talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

With a late April deadline looming for the negotiations that he kick-started in July after a three-year hiatus, Kerry has pledged to work even more intensively in the coming months.

US officials have refused to release any details of the proposed framework, and Kerry acknowledged it would not be agreed during this trip.

Palestinian hopes of having an international force brought in to help patrol the Jordan Valley under a peace deal had been sidelined, a Palestinian source told AFP Saturday.

Instead the US was proposing a mixed Israeli-Palestinian military presence to ensure security in the area, without setting a deadline when the Israeli troops would be withdrawn.

But Israel insists on maintaining a long-term military presence in the Jordan Valley.

Kerry has said a peace treaty will deal with all the core issues dividing the two sides. These include the contours of a future Palestinian state, refugees, the fate of Jerusalem claimed by both as a capital, security, and mutual recognition.

Direct negotiations began in July between Israel and the Palestinians in a US-led attempt to restart the deadlocked peace process.

Israel has announced plans to build thousands of homes in illegal settlements across the West Bank over the course of the talks, inhibiting US efforts.

The Palestinian negotiating team resigned in protest against continued Israeli settlement construction in mid-November, dealing a major blow to negotiations between Israel and the PLO that had already been stalled.

Negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh told AFP at the time that they resigned in response to “increasing settlement building (by Israel) and the absence of any hope of achieving results,” following Netanyahu’s announcement that Israel would build 20,000 new settlement homes in the West Bank.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

Ma’an staff contributed to this report.

January 5, 2014 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Wars for Israel | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Zionist have constantly committed crimes in their unjust claims for occupation and wanton wars of aggression since World War II.

    Hate Crimes by definition are.:

    Definition of HATE CRIME
    : any of various crimes (as assault or defacement of property) when motivated by hostility to the victim as a member of a group (as one based on color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation)

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hate?show=1&t=1388943082

    Add to that that Israel is addicted to mass murder, state-terrorism, terrorism, land theft, and home destruction of the Palestinians.

    Therefore, any politician who bows to AIPAC and the unjustified US military and economic aid; is in fact, aiding and abetting Israeli war criminals in their continual acts of genocide.

    It is an open-secret that Israel was the prime co-conspirator in 9/11 with treacherous co-conspirators in NYC, White House, Congress, Pentagon, NSA, FBI, and CIA…… the mass media disinformation complex, always in-bed with the Military-Industrial Complex.

    Netanyahu is the greatest threat to “peace” as we know it! He is also the paymaster for politicians, who are bribed, bullied, and blackmailed into obsequious obedience. Which also constitutes cowardly conduct in the fact of the enemy.

    And to think that is would be at least, political suicide for them to do so, at best; for assassination is not off the table since they got away with conspiring with then VP Lyndon Johnson, in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Also recall the attack on the USS Liberty, five years later. Obama and Biden should turn themselves over for prosecution as war criminals, as should the Bushes and the Clintons!

    Therefore, the United States is a failed-state. It’s citizens cheated, lied to, and quality of life disregarded in the quest for greater wealth in fewer hands.

    This means the USA is a Fascist Imperialist Plutocracy; a totalitarian rule by the super-rich aimed at world conquest and subjugation.

    There are laws against all of this. ‘The Nuremberg Principles’ is a treaty in force under the US Constitution, making it ‘the Supreme Law of the Land in Article 6, Clause 2 of the US Constitution.:

    ‘……This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.’

    That means, constitutionally speaking; there is no lawful governance in the White House and the Congress. This is a constitutional crisis and it is now a public responsibility to fill the void, to usher-in peace and justice. Voting for “representatives” is voter fraud! We do not have, nor have we ever had, “representative” unless we were wealthy or had amassed public pressure to make politicians represent us by mass actions.

    But, I suggest we spend our time talking to each other instead. They do see the polls and know what were the public stands on vital issues, and will not debate policy issues with us in open forums. Like the Israelis, they are more an occupation force, usurping public will in making public policy and Public Law.

    Comment by Bill Mitchell | January 5, 2014 | Reply


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