Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel: West Bank disputed, not occupied.

WSJ via JTA.

So now you know! Danny Ayalon is the deputy foreign minister of Israel:

After the war in 1967, when Jews started returning to their historic heartland in the West Bank, or Judea and Samaria, as the territory had been known around the world for 2,000 years until the Jordanians renamed it, the issue of settlements arose. However, Rostow found no legal impediment to Jewish settlement in these territories. He maintained that the original British Mandate of Palestine still applies to the West Bank. He said "the Jewish right of settlement in Palestine west of the Jordan River, that is, in Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem, was made unassailable. That right has never been terminated and cannot be terminated except by a recognized peace between Israel and its neighbors." There is no internationally binding document pertaining to this territory that has nullified this right of Jewish settlement since.

This is a prominent member of the government of the Zionists' State with which Palestinians are supposed to negotiate... He also wrote an open letter to the Arab World, apparently. I didn't read it but possibly it went a bit like this: 'Dear Arab World, Please f*ck off, Yours truly.'

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