Halloween, October 31st
Hillary Clinton Rejects Palestinian Authority Demand that Settlements Stop as a Condition for negotiations
In a curious development, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has rejected PA President Abbas' demands that new settlements building be stopped as a condition for negotiations. Keep in mind that both Clinton and President Obama have both alternatively condemned and waffled on stopping the settlements before--most recently simply because PM Netanyahu indicated he had no intention of stopping the further building of settlements both throughout Israel and in Jerusalem. His refusal seems to be the clue for us to follow along like puppy dogs.
Her statement itself was incredible. The Jerusalem Post quotes her as saying, "What the prime minister has offered... a restraint on the policy of settlements, which he has just described, no new starts, for example, is unprecedented in the context of prior to negotiations." Of course, Netanyahu has made the same offer before and then simply continued building, as had his predecessors. Instead of new building permits, they simply allow 'upgrades' or 'family enhancements' supposedly to allow families to live in the same neighborhood--which usually means taking over Palestinian homes and land, bulldozing the buildings and turning it over to a 'family member' of someone already living there-even if they don't actually know each other.
At the UN: Israel continues to try to change historical fact.
I really dislike what seems to be a constant tirade against the Israeli political establishment, but they become more ridiculous all the time. They are still upset that Goldstone had the audacity to condemn both Israel and Hamas for what was really a massacre in Gaza during the most recent major incursion. From their perspective, Israel was in the right to destroy the city and its infrastructure for a few rockets that destroyed a fountain and put a couple of holes in homes in Sderot. Along with that destruction in Gaza, over 1300 people were killed and thousands wounded, against less than 20 among the IDF. Some of their own troops, members of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) supported the Golstone conclusions that Israel used ex cessive force, used civilians as shileds while searching in homes and neighborhoods, and inflicted destruction on the population as general punishment rather than for specific military purposes. That adds up to CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY for everyone else it seems, except the Israeli Government.
Haaretz reports on recent statements of the Israeli Ambassador to the UN concerning the Human Rights Council which Israel and its puppy dog, the Obama Administration have been constantly whining over the last several weeks.
According to Haaretz, "Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Professor Gabriela Shalev, said on Friday at the organization's weekly assembly that the UN Human Rights Council had betrayed the very values and principles it was established to protect. "
"Shalev spoke after the assembly was issued the Rights Councils' annual activity report," state Haarezt, "which includes the Goldstone report findings that accuse Israel and the Palestinians of war crimes during the Gaza offensive in December 2008. Friday's discussion preceded the upcoming deliberation on Wednesday at the UN assembly regarding the report's conclusions."
Women become Taiban target in Pakistan
It is becoming increasingly clear from the news reports that the Taliban have started zeroing in on women--as they had during their brief reign in Afghanistan a few years back. The Times Online (London) has an interesting article with insights on the reasons behind the latest series of what they call 'horrific' attacks in the marketplaces and central areas of Peshwar.
As the Times indicates, "As the death toll of Wednesday’s car bomb in the northwestern Pakistani city reached 117, it became clear that women have now become key targets in the militants’ twisted strategy of creating mayhem across this volatile, nuclear-armed country. Such was the revulsion at the deaths of so many women and children that even the Taliban and Al-Qaeda tried to distance themselves from the atrocity, although few believe their denial of responsibility. "
Read the article. It's insights are interesting at the least, and illuminative of the depths to which the Taliban and their allies have gone to try to regain the initiave in the region.
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