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Monday, October 24, 2005

Same old, same old

Israel making life difficult for the Palestinians? Acting like the Gaza withdrawal never happened? Who says this?

James Wolfensohn:

"The Government of Israel, with its important security concerns, is loath to relinquish control [in the West Bank and Gaza], almost acting as though there has been no withdrawal, delaying making difficult decisions and preferring to take difficult matters back into slow-moving subcommittees."

The occupation continues unabated.

5 Comments:

Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Looks like the US needs to put more diplomatic (even monetary) pressure on Israel.

But its unlikely - what with the US Presidential election "only" 3 years away the Republican know where their reelection funds are coming from...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 12:07:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

And so do the Democrats...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 12:32:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Excatly. Just read Nancy Pelosi'd hand on heart allegince to Israel speech.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 1:46:00 am  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Yes I should have added the Democrats, but didn't want to make things seem too futile in the US.

I spose, until the UN becomes a head kicking organisation (and instead its becoming as effective as one hand clapping) Israel will continue to get away with it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 9:23:00 am  
Blogger anthony said...

Looks like Antony hasn't had time to add an update here. Given the fact our names are so similar, I feel an obligation to do it for him!

Update:

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/637717.html

"Israel accepts Egyptian proposal to reopen Rafah terminal

In a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz on Wednesday accepted the Egyptian proposal to reopen the Rafah border crossing. People will be allowed to pass through the Rafah terminal and merchandise will be moved via the new terminal built in Kerem Shalom, thereby preserving the customs agreement for Israel and Gaza."

The Gaza to West Bank underground railway is also seems to be coming along nicely.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 9:20:00 pm  

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