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MIDDLE EAST: U.S. can’t be honest peace broker

Letter by Philip A. Heft, Kent on Nov. 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm | 36 Comments »
November 29, 2010 5:22 pm

In my opinion the Palestinians are very foolish if they allow the presently stalled peace negotiations with Israel to restart with the U.S. acting as the honest broker. The U.S. has supported Israeli flouting of the U.N. resolutions the last several years, as well as preventing the U.N. Security Council from even criticizing Israeli military aggression such as operation “Cast Lead.” The U.S. gives $3 billion of military aid to Israel each year. The U.S. and Israel seem to be friendly partners in the negotiations. Can the United States be an honest broker in these negotiations?

In order to restart negotiations, the U.S. has proposed that Israel cease settlement building for 90 days – these settlements are being built illegally on Palestinian land – in return for a fleet of next-generation stealth-fighter planes, and a U.S. pledge to veto anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations.

The proposal does not include a freeze on building in East Jerusalem where Palestinians envision their future capital. These fighter planes could be used to again attack areas in the West Bank or Gaza. What a deal!

It really makes you wonder how this small country in the Middle East can have such strong leverage over the supposedly most powerful nation in the world. Also it must be realized that Israel is a very powerful military power in the Middle East that has been occupying all the Palestinian land since 1967. The Palestinians do not even have an army.

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