Thursday, March 09, 2006

Another Israeli talking point dies! - Yahoo! News

Olmert sees permanent Israeli borders by 2010 - Yahoo! News: "In one of two interviews published by Israeli media on Thursday ahead of March 28 elections that his Kadima party is expected to win, Olmert said the controversial security barrier Israel is building in the West Bank would largely follow the final borders.

Olmert said the barrier's final route could change depending on circumstances, the Haaretz newspaper said. Israel officially calls the barrier a security measure while Palestinians dub it a land grab meant to pre-empt any future border negotiations.

In a separate interview with the Jerusalem Post, Olmert said within the next four years he intended to 'get to Israel's permanent borders, whereby we will completely separate from the majority of the Palestinian population.'

He made similar comments to Haaretz."

For years, the Israelis, the Republicans and the establishment Democrats like Hillary Clinton have been telling us it was a security barrier only, and that the wall wouldn't follow the final border. They also chastized the Hague because of its objection to the wall. This admission makes them look like fools.

New York's two senators, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer, joined Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Gillerman, in front of UN headquarters on Friday to denounce the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the West Bank separation fence.

"It makes no sense for the United Nations to vehemently oppose a fence which is a non-violent response to terrorism rather than opposing terrorism itself," Clinton said to a crowd of about 100 people.

Democratic presidential nominee Senator John Kerry said he was disappointed with the court's decision. Kerry said Israel's separation fence was a legitimate measure in view of its security needs and its wish to defend itself against terrorist attacks.

The National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abe Foxman, said, "We thought for a moment the court would rise above prejudice, but as it turns out, it didn't." The ruling was meant to be a critical moment not only for Israel but also for the court's legitimacy, Foxman added.

Well the talking point that it is a security fence rather than a land grab officially died today, just as the talking point that there was no partner for peace died the other day when Yuval Diskin admitted that Arafat didn't start the intifada.