MEP setting up pro-West Bank caucus in European Parliament
Elisha Ben Kimon
Published: 04.08.16, 18:41
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1. A good move. Proudly claim Judea/Samaria
Chaim ,   Israel   (08.04.16)
This is a step in the right direction. Israel needs to stop paying homage to the evil fiction of "Palestine", and proudly claim Judea and Samaria.
2. We also have to debate openly about
Sammy ,   Newcastle   (08.04.16)
A UNIFIED CONTIGUOUS Palestinian State in an expanded Gaza created from land exchanges with Israel and possible land purchases from Egyptian Sinai. A plan first developed for Palestinians by Palestinians in 1999

EVERY analysis shows the huge potential given the vast gas reserves off shore, the potential for agriculture with desalinated water, tourism...and above all the rich talent and skills of Palestinians

Sadly the Kerrys, Mogherinis, Moonies...would all rather dance to the Hamas and Fatah and Israeli tune with platitudes rather than LISTENING TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE and what THEY WANT

The Palestine narrative CANNOT make ANY headway when ONE NATION is split into two halves geographically and ideologically. But the REASON Hamas and Fatah cannot stomach and wont talk or debate the plan is that UNITY means SHARING of power and greaterTRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY

See the problem?

Palestinians have wanted a FULL, FAIR and OPEN discussion on Palestine in an expanded Gaza for almost decade ...Who will help bring that about and start a comprehensive debate in the INTERNATIONAL ARENA
3. A Hearty Thank You to Friends of the Israeli Settlements
Marjorie S Rosenfeld ,   Plano, TX   (08.04.16)
This is the best news I've had an ages! Bless these friends of the Israeli settlements and all their endeavors. At last, a bit of sanity. The Israeli settlements are, of course, legal. and anyone who says they aren't doesn't understand international law. Article 6 of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, a document which reserved Western Palestine for World Jewry, reads:

"The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes."

"Close settlement on the land" is what the Jews were supposed to accomplish and what they have been accomplishing. I fail to see why Israel should give any of her precious little land to people who have been trying for years to kill Jews and Israelis.
4. To Sophia Jost, Geneva.
FO ,   Belgium   (08.04.16)
Read carefully!
UNSC resolution 242 demands in case of a settlement of the Israeli-Arab conflict, a withdrawal from territories.In clear, the withdrawal of the Sinai Desert, that was still under Israeli control. No other withdrawal could be requested as the Mandate for Palestine is still International Law and was reaffirmed in Article 80 of the United Nations' Charter. Read the articles written by the author of resolution 242. A reminder: the League of Nations' Mandate for Palestine (1922) gave the Jewish people the IRREVOCABLE RIGHT to settle anywhere on the territory between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, including the Golan Heights. Being International Law and reaffirmed by Article 80 of the UN Charter, all resolutions voted against Israel by UNGA and UNSC may be considered as nill and void!
5. Just about time. I guess freeing occupied by Arabs Israeli
Land is the next big issue?
6. To Sophia commenting my post!
FO ,   Belgium   (08.05.16)
As far as I understand, you never read the real meaning of resolution 242, and never read the Fourth Geneva Convention either! The Fourth Geneva Convention was signed between High Contracting parties, in other words, between independent states. The so-called "West Bank" wasn't and isn't a high contacting party, but a residual part of the Mandate for Palestine, intended by the League of Nations to be part of the independent Jewish state. In an attempt to justify the implication of the Fourth Geneva Convention in the case of Israel, the explanation was that Israel had been at war with Jordan (six day war). Stupid! Israel didn't conquer or occupy Jordanian territory, and the "West Bank" has never been part of Jordanian real estate!
7. Consult the archives...
To Sophia -Geneva ,   Belgium   (08.06.16)
Instead of repeatint again the same sentenses, I give you a good advice. Living in Geneva, go and consult the archives of the League of Nations at the Palais des Nations. It may help to convince you who is the legal owner of the territory between the Sea and the Jordan River, including the Golan Heights, taking into consideration that no League's decisions can be rescinded, and even more, were reaffirmed by Article 80 of the United Nations'Charter.
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