I don’t listen to Peres, and you shouldn’t either

Posted: May 4th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Settlements, the US and us | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

As international pressure is mounting, Israel goes back to the old habit of speaking in two languages. The first one is aimed to please the world (This is the traditional role of Shimon Peres), the second one – reserved for internal use only – deals with the things we really plan to do.

Daphna Golan has a great example in today’s Haaretz:

It’s to be hoped that the White House gets a subscription to one of the local Jerusalem newspapers ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington. Simply leafing through the giant advertisements would save American and Israeli taxpayers significant amounts of time, money and grief.

Israel has long promised there would be no new construction in West Bank settlements. President Shimon Peres reiterated this promise recently to Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose country currently holds the European Union presidency. Topolanek, in turn, promised to work to improve Israeli-European relations. Netanyahu, during his U.S. visit, is certain to repeat the same lies uttered by Peres.

Yet this week, a Jerusalem daily promised that any Israeli factory willing to move to the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim would benefit in three ways. First is the community’s “Ideal location,” ten minutes from Jerusalem. The map featured in the ad shows only Israeli communities as recommended sites for factory owners to build in – no Palestinian communities, even those next door to the settlements.

read the rest here.

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