Støre needed to go to Berlin first and have a meeting with Abbas, but today he finally provided a very brief response.
These are the crucial phrases of his answer, outlining the Norwegian policy toward Israel and the Palestinian authorities.
The government has been – and continues to be – positive to all steps that over time will unite the Palestinian population on the West Bank and Gaza under one rule … when Norway in 2007 chose to cooperate with the coalition government at the time, it was based on a government platform that had adequate references to and respected committed agreements and agreement parties. This platform was based on a continuation of the principle of armistice … the government sees no reason to repeat this if we consider that these principles are reflected in the new coalition government’s platform. If it doesn’t a new Palestinian government will have difficulty continuing the work with the political, security, and institutional reforms.In this year’s Yassir Arafat Prize for Irresponsibly Elusive Rhetoric, this is an entry that is sure to win.
What he is trying to say, of course, is:
We will look for any excuse, any pretext, to continue sucking up to anybody who has power among the Palestinians. If they just murmur the word “armistice” under their breath, it will be acceptable to us.The question isn’t what Norwegian policy is, it’s what it would take to change it. A future Palestinian government can shoot rockets at Israeli civilian targets, teach antisemitism to their children, refuse to accept the existence of the state of Israel, give refuge to international terrorists who want to destroy Europe, steal humanitarian supplies, and obviously impose misogynistic, homophobic “sharia” laws on its citizens. As long as they occasionally make vague reference to something that sort of resembles conciliation and armistice.
They can count on Norway. This is what you call unconditional love.
Labels: Hamas Fatah Marriage» Høglund» Norway» Støre
Morten Høglund in the Progress Party posed a perfectly reasonable question to foreign minister Støre, namely whether the Norwegian government would demand from both the provisional Hamas-Fatah government, and a future Palestinian government, that it comply with the quartet requirement to a) recognize the state of Israel, b) renounce political violence, and c) commit to earlier agreements.
Labels: Osama Bin Laden
Labels: Abbas» Abu Mazen» Fatah» Hamas Fatah Marriage» Mahmoud al-Zahar
PIECE TALKS BLUEPRINT:
|..."Congratulations--and I never want to see you again!"...|
in an interview with Ma'an....Hamas has told Abbas not to bother coming to Gaza--because he may get stoned (by Gazans).CAN'T TERRORISTS GET ALONG?
According to Al Ahram's version of the interview, however, Hamas has told their good friends in Fatah that none of them should come into Gaza:
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not be able to visit the Gaza Strip soon, as the security situation is still fragile, Hamas foreign policy chief Mahmoud Al-Zahar said on Wednesday.I'd hate to be the social worker in charge of that case.
Zahar added in an interview with Maan Palestinian News Agency that the Palestinian faction has succeeded in reaching political reconciliation; however there is no progress on the social reconciliation between the big families in Gaza and the West Bank.
“We will have to work on reconciliation sessions between the well-known families in the West Bank and Gaza that would make the security more stable than now” Zahar said.[emphasis added]
But according to Zahar, it's not just Abbas who should stay home:
Zahar also added that Hamas would not allow the return of the security officers who used to run Gaza security agency offices before the division in 2007. Hamas also does not agree to re-open Fatah offices in the strip at the current stage and will delegate this task to the Egyptian/Arab committee that will supervise the implementation of the reconciliation deal.Gee, and they seemed so happy at the signing. via daledamos.blogspot.com
Labels: Jonathan Pollard
12 May '11
Jonathan Pollard is a hostage.
Yes. Those are strong words.
But let’s consider the situation today:
We have virtually a wall-to-wall consensus of top American officials who have intimate knowledge of the operation stating now for the record that after serving 26 years in prison, justice requires the immediate and unconditional release of Jonathan Pollard.
On 4 January 2011 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu publicly and formally apologized for the operation on behalf of the Jewish State and requested that President Obama free Pollard.
There was no response.
On 5 April 2011 President Shimon Peres met with President Obama at the White House and again requested, in the name of the State of Israel that President Obama free Pollard – hand delivering a letter from Pollard in which he expresses remorse for his actions and pleaded on compelling humanitarian grounds to be released.
There was no response.
Senior American officials have confirmed in the past that Pollard is being held by the United States as a “chip” that could be given to Israel in compensation for Palestinian-Israeli final status concessions. In point of fact, Prime Minister Netanyahu already “paid” for Pollard’s release at the 1998 Wye Summit, but then- President Clinton received the payment [the release of Palestinian terrorists] but reneged on his end of the deal, freedom for Pollard.
So here we are.
Justice requires the immediate unilateral release of Pollard, with no quid pro quo.
Pleas from both the Prime Minister and President of Israel to free Pollard have been ignored by President Obama.
And while there is an apparent expectation that in spite of the justice in releasing Pollard after 26 years in prison, America is continuing to hold Pollard until Israel pays some exorbitant, yet-to-be- stated “price”.
If this is the case, clearly this isn’t diplomacy. It is blackmail.
This isn’t the behavior of a trusted ally.
It is an embarrassment which undermines the credibility of the US – Israel special relationship.
It is humiliating for the State of Israel as President Obama appears to show such contempt for the Jewish State, while the rest of the world looks on.
It is the anti-thesis of all that the United States of America claims to stand for. President Obama seems to have turned a blind eye to justice, and to humanitarian compassion, in what appears to be a bid to blackmail an ally.
It is not too late to rectify the situation. nor is it too late to set the record straight, and allow justice to finally prevail.
With literally the stroke of a pen, President Obama can put an end to this travesty of justice and to the apparent blackmail of an ally.
All it will take is stroke of the President’s pen on Pollard’s clemency papers so that both countries may be reassured that Prime Minister Netanyahu is meeting with President Obama the statesman, and not Mr. Obama the blackmailer.
Jonathan Pollard must go free now.
Labels: Gay Islam» Gay Pride
Firas Press reports that a Lebanese adult movie featuring gay actors is upsetting not only the Lebanese, but also Palestinian Arabs.
Because one of the characters is wearing a keffiyeh during a love scene:
Labels: Al Qaeda» Michael Mukasey» Osama Bin Laden» Pakistan» Torture
Waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques were not a factor in tracking down Osama bin Laden, a leading Republican senator insisted Thursday.
In an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, the Republican said former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and others who back those tactics were wrong to claim that waterboarding al-Qaeda's No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, provided information that led to bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
via ynetnews.comgo figure, a rhino in the GOP... it is as if anyone is shocked that there are Ron Paul types and others who do not share the opinions of the American public. Most people involved in government now presently agree that Waterboarding was beneficial to the capture of Osama Bin Ladin
Labels: Chomsky» Christopher Hitchens» Dershowitz» Osama Bin Laden
...And America is an incarnation of the Third Reich that doesn't even conceal its genocidal methods and aspirations.
This is the sum total of what has been learned, by the guru of the left, in the last decade. Via Christopher Hitchens @ slate.com
Noam Chomsky has shown his true colors in his recently published "reaction" to the targeted killing of Osama Bin Laden.
He apparently thinks Osama Bin Laden is the innocent victim of a cold-blooded murder that is worse than if George W. Bush were to be assassinated in his "compound." He doesn't believe Bin Laden's own admission of complicity in the murder of 3,000 people on 9/11 via Alan M. Dershowitz @ hudson-ny.org
Pam Geller’s new poster vandalized by leftist, so sanctimonious she can’t even see why she was arrestedMona Eltahawy is a darling of the feminist progressive left. She was recently attacked in Egypt's Tahrir square. ...another left win...
well, good! This will allow the public to talk about Islam. The more free conversation on the issue the better. they can't frame the con...
it did work for Obama though. Remember Obama Girl? image from the South Florida Chronicle It_is_not_clear_where_or_how the g...
Answer: At the very least one feminist Secretary of State ( BENGHAZI EMAILS ) This afternoon the White House released 100 pages o...
Liberal multiculturalists insist that Islam is the same as other major world religions. As usual, they are full of shit.. The l...
the night before the Boston bombing (that we now know Obama was warned by the Russians about)... we saw a CNN video about the Oklahoma City ...
Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the founder of Z Street who filed a lawsuit against the IRS, notes that “the very first hearing in Z STREET...
Israel Matzav: It's official: Government inquiry finds al-Dura 'killing' was a hoax
A local Egyptian delivery company has been smuggling KFC meals through the underground tunnels across the Egypt-Gaza border, the Christi...
MFS - The Other News: Report: Top Obama lawyer told of IRS targeting in April. SMOKING GUN: OBAMA MET WITH IRS UNION CHIEF THE DAY BEFORE ...