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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Confused messages

It seems like Ariel Sharon is a man of peace? Well, not quite:

"Prime Minister Ariel Sharon published a special statement Tuesday night in which he totally dissociated himself from quotes in Newsweek attributed to his pollster, Kalman Gayer, in which Gayer claimed the prime minister was ready for territorial concessions.

"'The remarks attributed to Kalman Gayer are in total contradiction to my positions and opinions,' Sharon's statement read. 'If, indeed, these remarks were made, they were made strictly on Mr. Gayer's initiative, and they are senseless and absurd.

"'The entire united Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel forever. The road map is the diplomatic plan that will guide Israel in the years to come, and whosoever says anything different is doing so of his own accord and in total contradiction to my position; and that is how the remarks should be treated,' Sharon's statement added.

"In the remarks attributed to him by Newsweek, Gayer said, 'Sharon would accept a Palestinian state in Gaza and 90 percent of the West Bank, and a compromise on Jerusalem, in exchange for peace.'

"In the meantime, Gayer added, Sharon wanted to 'lay the contours of an agreement with the Palestinians,' by creating a Palestinian state in half the West Bank and implementing confidence-building measures, Newsweek said."

Is this Sharon's true agenda? Unlikely. Settlements in the West Bank continue being build, as does the "security" barrier around Jerusalem. There is no evidence whatsoever that Sharon has any intention of moving towards a true two-state solution. But this is a curious development.


Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Why must giving up a piece of Jerusalem be a prerequisite to peace?

Perhap the Arabs relinquishing any sovereignity of Jerusalem is the prerequisite to peace?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 2:17:00 pm  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

"Why must giving up a piece of Jerusalem be a prerequisite to peace?

Q: How much of Kuwait did Kuwaities have to surrender to Iraq to achieve peace after Iraq's illegal occupation?

A: None.

The same should apply to the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Thursday, December 15, 2005 6:28:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

The West Bank Arab squatters have absolutely NO claim to Jerusalem or anywhere for that matter. Time to ship them off where they belong: Jordan and Syria.

Thursday, December 15, 2005 8:02:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

We all know the outcome, it will just take some time. Jerusalem will be split in two, the West Bank will be part of a Palestinian state, like Gaza, and maybe one day, a bi-national state.
A dream? Perhaps, but stranger things have happened, and talk has started.
Watch that space.

Friday, December 16, 2005 12:29:00 am  
Blogger orang said...

In the meantime Gaza will be a free fire zone.

Friday, December 16, 2005 8:17:00 am  

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