[Marxism] U.S.: "Our fingers were crossed on Palestine aid"

John johnedmundson at paradise.net.nz
Tue Mar 17 19:33:33 MDT 2009

On Tue, 2009-03-17 at 18:33 -0400, Shane Mage wrote:

> This is the long-standing US/Quartet fortmula on dealing with Hamas  
> (including also adherence to standing Israel/Palestine agreements like  
> Oslo) and Obama has consistently affirmed it.  So nothing new there.
> But it would give Hamas, were it a responsible Palestinian political  
> movement and not a sectarian Islamist group, the chance to seize and  
> keep the political high ground.  Here's how:
> The Palestinian Unity Government would issue this declaration--
> --We recognize the right of Israel to exist within its internationally  
> recognized boundaries**
>     conformably to international law and all applicable UN resolutions.
> --We renounce violence as specified in the UN Charter but retain the  
> right, specified in   	
>     that charter, of armed self-defense against foreign incursion,  
> attack, or occupation.
> --We adhere to all Israel/Palestine agreements in the firm expectation  
> that Israel will
>     immediately undo all its past violations of those agreements.
> **(thus leaving open for negotiation whether those internationally  
> recognized boundaries are those of the 1947 UN decision or the de  
> facto 1967 boundaries.)

But this would be a complete capitulation to the 2 state travesty. It
would never bring a real resolution to the issue. Where would it leave
Palestinian right of return, regardless of whether the borders were the
'47 or '67 ones.

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