Sep 27 2009
Quartet Joins Obama in Dividing Jerusalem and (Destroying Israel?)
On the footsteps of President Obama’s speech at the United Nations, the Quartet led by Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated President Obama’s call for Israel to stop all building activities in East Jerusalem and the territories. In a joint communique, the Quartet went on to encourage the Palestinians to build institutions of state during the next 24 months. This is an endorsement of the Fayaad plan to declare a Palestinian State in 2 years whether or not Israel and the Palestinians come to a formal agreement.
The Quartet – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union Javier Solana, European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt-met in New York on September 24, 2009. They were joined by Quartet Representative Tony Blair.
In the words of the Quartet, “Recalling that transformative change on the ground is integral to peace, the Quartet welcomes the Palestinian Authority’s plan for constructing the institutions of the Palestinian state within 24 months as a demonstration of the PA’s serious commitment to an independent state that provides opportunity, justice, and security for the Palestinian people and is a responsible neighbor to all states in the region.”
In endorsing the Fayaad plan, the Quartet has broken new ground as it follows Obama’s aggressive lead. Israel is being iced out of the negotiating process. If Israel does not capitulate to dividing Jerusalem and to retreating to indefensible borders look for Obama and the Quartet to recognize the Palestinian State, and Israel will become an international pariah state.
In dealing with the settlements, the Quartet considers all the West Bank as occupied territory and prohibits even “natural growth” – a growing family adding a bedroom to an existing house or even a porch to a backyard. The sentence dealing with Jerusalem reads, “The Quartet urges the government of Israel to freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth; and to refrain from provocative actions in East Jerusalem and calls on the Palestinian Authority to continue to make every effort to improve law and order, to fight violent extremism, and to end incitement” While Israel is instructed to give up tangible matter the Palestinians are simply urged to make a good effort.
The communique does not refer to Israel as a Jewish state. With the United States leading the way the forces aligned against Israel are becoming bolder and brasher. ONE JERUSALEM
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