Sunday, May 30, 2010

Feinstein Supports A "Settlement"

No, not one of those Jewish civilian residency locations I term communities.

I caught this report:

...Other Jewish lawmakers openly support pressuring Netanyahu, and take a stance that diverges from the Israeli government's approach to key issues. One of them is Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, who is circulating a letter [Peace Now has the text] supporting the proximity talks around the Senate this week, obtained by The Cable.

The letter, addressed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, hasn't been sent and is still open for signatures. But a couple of its lines are already raising eyebrows in Senate offices on both sides of the aisle.

"We strongly believe that a permanent peace agreement ... can only be achieved with the United States bringing the parties together and driving them to a settlement," the letter states (emphasis added).

Later on, it argues, "[The obstacles are many.]...While the Israeli Government has announced a moratorium on settlement activity, for too long the expansion of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem undermined confidence."


Well, I have little confidence in Feinstein's thinking. Since we've had the moratorium on, has that helped the Pals. engage in peace? Why did they delay so many months? Why have they begun a boycott? Are they truly intending to achieve peace?

Of course, if we want to be a bit facetious, one could claim that there is at least one positive advantage to those "settlements":-

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