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67 Senators, 270 Representatives Pledge Allegiance to Israel at AIPAC, in Support of Netanyahu Against Obama

Editor's Note:

AIPAC is the public headquarters and symbol of the Zionist control of the US government. It holds an annual conference, during which leaders of both parties in the US compete in pledging allegiance to the Zionist state of Israel, even if this contradicts with the US foreign policy as stated by the President of the United States.

This year, Zionist Israel-firesters, together with leading Democrats and Republicans competed during their speeches to side with the Israeli prime minister against President Barack Obama, in supporting Netanyahu in his tricks to justify the continuation of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, as well as his incitement against Arabs and Muslims.

Netanyahu's speech was a blue print and an instructional manual for Israel-firsters in Congress, media, and evangelical churches about how they can defend Israel in refusing to end the occupation, oppression, and subjugation of the Palestinian people. The focus on the Jewishness of the Zionist state has been the new ploy to block any peaceful resolution. Palestinians won't accept it because it means that the state of Israel is only for Jews. This means that there is no place for Palestinian Christians and Muslims in that state.

If anyone is still in doubt about how Israeli leaders control the US government, he or she needs to watch this festival of pledging allegiance to the Zionist state from both US Democrats and Republicans, Evangelical Christian Zionists, and of course from the Jewish-Zionist Israel-firesters.

Israel PM says Palestinians "refused to end" conflict

Published today, May 24, 2011, 11:55


 Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday again vowed not to withdraw to the "indefensible" 1967 border and blamed Palestinians for the failure to resolve the decades-old conflict in a speech before a powerful Israel lobbying group late Monday.

"This conflict has raged for nearly a century because the Palestinians refuse to end it. They refuse to accept the Jewish state," he said to applause from more than 10,000 of Israel's staunchest supporters in the United States, two years after his first demand that Palestine accept Israel as a "Jewish state" in April 2009.

"We can only make peace with the Palestinians if they are prepared to make peace with the Jewish state. [On Tuesday] I will speak more about what such a peace could look like," the Israeli leader said.

His remarks came amid a public spat with President Barack Obama who had for the first time given public voice to the long-held US view that a Palestinian state be created based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Six Day War.

The view has already been accepted by Israeli negotiators, from as early as 2000 and the Quartet's work mediating the Roadmap agreement. The 1967 borders as a basis for a Palestinian state was also the foundation of the talks that started and stalled in September 2010.

According to Netanyahu's newest formulation, a Palestinian state would include the Gaza Strip, the occupied West Bank and most of Israel-annexed East Jerusalem, with some adjustments so that Israel could maintain settlement blocs that cut in some places as many as 22 kilometers into Palestinian lands.

Obama held to his position in his own speech to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday, but made it clear the land swaps ensured Israel would not have to return to the actual border lines, stressing the borders were a starting point for talks.

Netanyahu stood firm but continued to try to smooth over the feud, telling AIPAC that Obama had an "ironclad" commitment to Israel's security and thanking him for funding Israel's advanced missile interceptor system.

But there was also another message to the US president implicit in the roars of approval from the 11,000 AIPAC delegates and the attendance of 68 Senators and nearly 270 members of the House: Don't push Israel too far.

House Speaker John Boehner, whose Republican party aims to oust Obama from the White House in 2012, was quick to assure the pro-Israel audience that the cause of Israel's security had his "100 percent support."

Even Obama's Democratic colleagues backed away from his positions.

"No one should set parameters about borders, about building, about anything else," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the gathering.

Several protesters interrupted Netanyahu's speech, saying that to deny the plight of the Palestinians was "unacceptable," but they were drowned out by the cheers of the many delegates as they were marched out of the hall by security.

"Do you think they have these protests in Gaza?" Netanyahu asked, referring to the coastal Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement, where protests raged in March demanding that the government push forward a unity deal with its rival Fatah.

The almost unqualified support stood in contrast to the clear signs of rocky ties between Netanyahu and Obama over the last week.

In a dramatic meeting on Friday, Netanyahu emphatically rejected Obama's remarks on borders, choosing to interpret them as a call for Israel to withdraw to the actual 1967 frontier.

He then proceeded to lecture the American president in the Oval Office on the realities of the Middle East.

Obama supervised the relaunch of negotiations in September only to see them collapse within weeks when Netanyahu refused to renew a partial freeze on Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

The Palestinians -- who have long viewed the expansion of settlements as the greatest obstacle to reaching a final peace deal -- have refused to return to talks while Israel builds on land they want for their promised state.

A far-reaching Israeli initiative was seen as the only way of heading off a Palestinian attempt to unilaterally secure recognition of a state when the UN General Assembly meets in September.

But that was before the Western-backed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas signed a surprise unity deal with the militant Hamas, which is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Israel, the United States and the European Union.

Netanyahu has said there can be no negotiations with the Palestinians while Hamas continues to call for the destruction of the Jewish state.

Still, he faces strong calls to put forward an Israeli peace plan in the face of mounting international support for recognizing a Palestinian state at the United Nations as a way to unblock the impasse in peace talks.

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