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    US ambassador says evacuating West Bank settlements ‘would be a recipe for disaster’

    A topic that was in news frequently for years after 9/11, Iraq war start is back in news:








    Jewish Settlers Evacuation From Gaza During George Bush Presidency



    US ambassador says evacuating West Bank settlements ‘would be a recipe for disaster’

    Yumna Patel on October 17, 2019

    Ambassador David Friedman addresses the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. February 19, 2018. From the Conference twitter feed.

    The US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Israeli news website Arutz Sheva on Thursday that he believed the US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “promoted peace” and that “uprooting” Jews or Arabs in the event of a US peace plan in the region would be “inhumane.”
    In an extensive interview with the news site, which covered topics from the 1967 war to Iran, Friedman was asked about President Donald Trump’s elusive peace plan, and the future status of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
    “That is a very important part of the plan,” Friedman said. “Having seen the experience of the evacuation of Gaza, I don’t believe that there is a realistic plan that can be implemented that will require anyone, Jew or Arab, to be forced to leave their home.”

    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/10/us-am...-for-disaster/






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    Jewish Settlers Evacuation From Gaza During George Bush Presidency

    US ambassador says evacuating West Bank settlements ‘would be a recipe for disaster’

    Yumna Patel on October 17, 2019

    Ambassador David Friedman addresses the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. February 19, 2018. From the Conference twitter feed.

    The US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Israeli news website Arutz Sheva on Thursday that he believed the US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “promoted peace” and that “uprooting” Jews or Arabs in the event of a US peace plan in the region would be “inhumane.”
    In an extensive interview with the news site, which covered topics from the 1967 war to Iran, Friedman was asked about President Donald Trump’s elusive peace plan, and the future status of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
    “That is a very important part of the plan,” Friedman said. “Having seen the experience of the evacuation of Gaza, I don’t believe that there is a realistic plan that can be implemented that will require anyone, Jew or Arab, to be forced to leave their home.”
    However there may be some complications with the execution of 'elusive' MAGA peace plan and settlers evacuations ; George W Bush's top donors were American but America-First MAGA's top donor reportedly is an Israeli military IDF member.

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    Of course the ambassador would say that. He doesn't want to leave the Middle East.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Of course the ambassador would say that. He doesn't want to leave the Middle East.
    Seems that way.


    In other news:

    Episcopal Church officially bars investments in companies benefitting from the Israeli occupation

    Randall Heyn-Lamb on October 24, 2019

    This week, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church adopted a human rights investment screen related to Israel and Palestine and will sell its holdings in Motorola Solutions, Caterpillar, Inc., and the Israel Discount Bank.
    This is the latest step in response to a July 2018 General Convention Resolution (B016) which committed the Episcopal Church to a similar process taken by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America two years earlier. The action also follows steps previously taken by the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ.
    The human rights screen would bar Episcopal Church investments in “any corporation that supports or benefits from denial of human rights in or through the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Gaza Strip.”
    The criteria for deciding if a corporation meets this threshold were reported in a media release from the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Palestine Israel Network:
    “1) Does a corporation have a record of any of the following: supplying or doing business or providing goods or services in or to illegal settlements (as defined in international law) or contributing to the construction or maintenance of housing or other facilities in such settlements or seeking otherwise to profit from human rights violations in the OPT, or
    2) Does a corporation have a record of directly or indirectly supplying or doing business with or providing goods or services to, or otherwise contributing to, the Israeli Defense Forces as the IDF operates in the OPT.”
    Acting on a recommendation of the Executive Council’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility (CCSR), shares in three companies, Caterpillar, Inc., Motorola Solutions and the Israel Discount Bank, will be removed from the Church’s investment portfolio and placed on its No Buy List.
    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/10/episc...li-occupation/

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    Hollowness of Dems policy options may get exposed in coming weeks:


    GOP House members say resolution affirming two-state solution contradicts administration’s peace plan

    Josh Ruebner on October 28, 2019

    The House of Representatives could pass a watered-down and toothless version of a resolution supporting a negotiated two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue in the coming weeks.

    The resolution, H.Res.326, was reported by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and placed on the House calendar on October 17. Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation of Middle East Peace, noted that “in theory it can now be brought to the floor for a vote via regular order”, meaning that it would need only a simple majority to pass.
    Most non-binding resolutions pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian issue are brought to the floor for a vote under a procedure known as “suspension of the rules”, which limits debate and prohibits amendments from being offered while requiring a two-thirds super majority.
    This parliamentary procedure reflects the fact that most congressional initiatives relating to Israeli-Palestinian issues enjoy broad bipartisan support. H.Res.326, however, does not. While the resolution enjoys widespread support within the Democratic caucus–193 Democrats have sponsored it, including Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who passed away this month–not a single Republican has signed on. And the Democrats currently do not have enough support to guarantee passage of the resolution.

    This leaves the Democrats in a precarious situation. Absent additional explicit Democratic support, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) can either bring the resolution for a vote and risk the embarrassment of it being defeated or table it. Either way, the Democratic Party is in danger of demonstrating that it cannot muster support for even an anodyne two-state resolution, further exposing the hollowness of this policy option.

    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/10/gop-h...ns-peace-plan/



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