Friday, February 3, 2012

More talk, less results in latest Israel/Refugee talks

No progress in talks between Jews and refugees, Ban ki-Moon demands more concessions from Israel and the merry-go-round keeps spinning.  There is only one solution to the stalemate; eliminate Hamas and the PA, rebuild the area by forcing Jordan to give the land that was originally promised to the refugees in 1947 to the few million needing a home, and let Israel live in peace.  There you go, problem solved, everyone has their land and we can get back to worrying about our next paychecks.

From the Sydney Morning Herald Feb 3 by Ruth Pollard

All talk, no action as Israel's settlements

Discussions in Jordan between Israel and the Palestinians ran into familiar roadblocks.
They were, analysts noted, an exercise in diplomatic futility.

Another five sessions of talks between Israel and the Palestinians have ended without any progress. Another deadline has passed.

Both sides fronted the media, separately, each time flanked by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to outline the now familiar roadblocks to peace.

Sidestepping questions on Israel's continuing settlement construction and its failure to submit concrete proposals to the talks, the Israeli President, Shimon Peres, said, ''We must move forward as quickly as possible with serious, in-depth negotiations that will focus on security and borders and be held far from the limelight.''

The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, reiterated demands that Israel freeze its settlement construction and negotiate a two-state solution based on 1967 borders.

Formal peace talks have been stalled for more than three years now. With the carnage in Syria and Iran's nuclear program dominating the agenda in the Middle East, few had held out hope that a visit from the UN head would achieve much following the negative statements that emerged at the conclusion of last week's talks.

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