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UN steps up pressure on Israel over settlements
Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 19.12.12, 21:44
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1. no never.
ralph   (12.19.12)
2. EU Hypocrisy, EU Eff Off
Mark ,   Lodz, Poland   (12.19.12)
Israel has conceded enough territory already since San Remo.
3. Israel Reaps What She Sows
Jersey Jew ,   New Jersey, USA   (12.19.12)
Israel and her rabid supporters need to return to Judaic values ...
4. Real obstical is Abbas' refusal to negotiate for over 4 year
Eric ,   Tel Aviv & NY   (12.19.12)
Abbas refused to respond to Olmert's last offer, and then refused to negotiate from the start of the last election cycle until now, even with a 10 month building freeze. The one exception was his willingness to negotiate an extension of the freeze. Combine this with Hamas' declaration that they will never accept Israel's right to exist on any of the land that makes up modern Israel and Abbas' not keeping his promise to return to negotiations after the PA's UN bid without preconditions, and you can see why nothing is happening towards the 2 state solution.
5. #3-Judaic values are returning to Zion
Ran ,   Israel (and not NJ)   (12.19.12)
6. The Europeans are hypocrites
Scott ,   Ramat Gan, Israel   (12.19.12)
These are the same countries that voted or stayed silent while Abbas blatantly violated the Oslo Accords, signed in their presence by unilaterally declaring a state at the UN. To them it;s ok for the Arabs to violate agreements, but they think they have the right to dictate to Israel's borders. The best response to this is to increase building in the settlements and to announce that more violations of international agreements by the Arabs & more denouncements of building plans by the EU will only lead to more strengthening of Jewish communities throughout all of the land of Israel.
EACH YEAR !   (12.19.12)
8. Israel *MUST*, say the 4 Arabist hooes...
Mitzi   (12.19.12)
And if not, what happens? "Must"...
9. The sooner the "International community"
Mira ,   Vienna   (12.19.12)
whatever bunch of hypocrites that is, gets used that Jerusalem is the undivided capitla os Israel, the better for peace. Stop blackmailing Israel, do whatever you want, you won't stop Zionism ever, so many people tried through so many centuries!
10. No more tolerance of E.U. interference.
Chaim ,   Israel   (12.19.12)
The time is long overdue to put a permanent end to E.U. interference. We are not ghetto Jews. We do not bend to the E.U. Just as Israel does not meddle in E.U. affairs, the E.U. must permanently butt out of Israel's affairs.
11. What is the matter with Prosor ?
Gabe ,   Canada   (12.19.12)
The Oslo process was killed by the UNGA. He should use more powerful arguments to make those Europeans shut-up !
12. Forced Transfer????
Adam ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (12.19.12)
According to the European countries, "The reported planning in the E1 area would risk cutting off East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank and could also entail the forced transfer of civilian population." My God, what are they smoking? What total fiction! I am speechless. They are literally making things up. Maybe the plan to fix the EU debt crisis will increase child prostitution. Seems about as solid logic as what they're using there.
13. Israeli leaders are starting to sound
Paul ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (12.19.12)
like they finally understand the malicious, deranged, ideologically corrupt plans the so-called civilized International community has to empower Arabs and send Jews to hell.
14. UN ordered Israel not to build homes for arabs in the 80s
zionist forever   (12.19.12)
In the early 80s the Israeli government came up with a plan to close the Gaza refugee camps. Idea was the Israeli government would fund the building of the infrastructure for modern arab settlements and contribute toward the cost of anybody choosing to move. All the government asked for in return was to destroy that persons home in the camp so the more homes cleared the more land could be used for arab settlements until eventually the camps were gone and all Gazans would have modern homes. The PLO threatened to kill anybody who accepted the plan but as well as that the UN passed a resolution ordering Israel to rebuild destroyed homes in the camps and to return those who had chosen to move. So the good old UN was against Israel even building homes for arabs to get them out of refugee camps. I wonder what kind of places if the UN representatives live in?
15. Europe laying ground for Obama UNSC '67 borders in 2013
Steven Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (12.20.12)
16. EU
DavidR ,   USA   (12.19.12)
You idiots just keep pushing until you back Israel into a corner and you will end up with more than you bargained for. Such as, Annexation of Yhudah and Shomron. Armed takeover of all East Yerushalayim including Temple Mount and a war that will be disastrous for the whole ME region. The Palestinians have already voided Oslo with their unilateral action in the UN and you people were party to it. You have already made yourselves the enemy of the Holy One of Israel. A position you will find most uncomfortable.
17. At the end of the day
Avramele   (12.19.12)
At the end of the day E1 will be Israel and tunnels/bridges will endure contiguity for Palestine. Just as the Pastinian right of return to Israel beyond the symbolic and compassionate will never happen. But this is the substance of direct negotiations not unilateralism. Negotiations should start February 1 and the US, EU, Arab league and UN must take an active role in making sure the two sides keep at it till solutions interim or permanent are acheived. There is no alternative to a 2 state solution between the river and the sea if the Zionist dream is to be upheld. This is in the self interest of Israel and our Jewish people.
18. #3 What???
Meir ,   Toronto Canada   (12.19.12)
Exactly which Judaic values are you talking about??
19. #3
Anshel ,   Canada   (12.19.12)
Exactly, Judaic values includes an undivided eternal capital of Israel, Jerusalem. There is nothing to discuss about this issue. We waited long enough to have our capital under the Jewish control. Building within the capital is not German, French, British, Portugese, Chinese, Russian, EU and UN business. No more Munich 1938 style appeasment for a false peace with the enemy who wants to destroy Israel and its Jewish character!
20. Selfish EU
Can   (12.19.12)
How many of them heard the cry in their land? Build Israel build.
21. Jerusalem constructions
basri ,   paris france   (12.19.12)
"The dangerous path" of our "friends" in the world, we have yet paid for it. Now, we are free of charge. They are allowed to take care of the ONU arabic fighters, and forget us. Because we don't forget anything.
22. 2 state solution
DANNY TAWIL ,   ENGLAND   (12.19.12)
DANNY TAWIL ,   ENGLAND   (12.19.12)
24. Mind your own business MORONS!!!!!!!!!
Chris Rettenmoser ,   Bayerisch Gmain Germ   (12.19.12)
Israel does NOT need your arrogance.
25. Arabs Unilateral Moves.
Bigizz ,   USA / ISRAEL   (12.20.12)
Arabs Unilateral Moves Using the International Community; has consequences. The Arabs who call themselves Palestinians are invented people. The UN or EU will not be able to dictate what Israel's future borders will be..... 1.) Recognize the Jewish State of Israel. If we don't get over this 1st basic Arab issue. Their will never be Peace. It's crazy the UN and EU fail to pressure the Arabs to accept a Jewish state and negotiate with out preconditions? Israel has frozen their settlement plan for over 10 months. Abbas fails to use the time to negotiate. Abbas unilaterally engaged the UN to be recognized as a Palistinian State, and breaches the Oslo Accords. Israel should not wait for anybody. The Consequenses: Israel the Jewish State Just Expanded. Unilateral Move for Unilateral Move. Arabs should move back to Jordan. Palestinians are an invented people. They were never a state nor country. Never had a President or Government.
26. Can't wait for the day US is going to get tired of this crap
split ,   US   (12.20.12)
Can't wait for the day US is going to get tired of this crap and join the rest of civilised world ,...
27. Who Listens?!
Z.Z. Coltrane ,   USA   (12.20.12)
Who pays these loser goof-balls' any mind? I sure never did! Their say or opinions mean nothing; Israel needs to pat that Ban Ki-moon on his bald-head and tell him to go out back and play with the other UN children! Israel really needs to stop giving the UN any of their precious time. Tell them loud-and-clear: ALL of Israel belongs to us--period! So, stay the hell out of our Israeli business...and, that goes for the US, too!!!
les ,   canada   (12.20.12)
29. UN steps up pressure on Israel over settlements
Franklin P ,   Quito Ecuador   (12.20.12)
They are not hypocrites, they just do not read the Bible Septuagint 3:1 For, behold, in those days and at that time, when I shall have turned the captivity of Juda and Jerusalem, 3:2 I will also gather all the Gentiles, and bring them down to the valley of Josaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and my heritage Israel, who have been dispersed among the Gentiles; and [these Gentiles] have divided my land,
30. The fourth obstacle to peace
Rafael ,   Sydney   (12.20.12)
Ambassador Prossor forgot to mention an important obstacle: the absurdly biased anti-Israel statements typified by this latest one from the 4 European countries. These statements make it far less likely that the Palestinians will come to the negotiating table. After all, these 4 shleppers are carrying the water for the Palestinians (and even though he doesn't feature today, our Australian foreign minister will no doubt be barking the same unhelpful refrain shortly).
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