The Quartet is worthless

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Palestinian delegate to the UN, Riyad Mansour, sent a carefully timed letter to the UN security council on Monday ahead of a meeting in Washington tomorrow of the Quartet’s top representatives. The letter condemns Israel for systematically destroying prospects for a two-state solution  through the sustained escalation of the campaign of illegal Jewish settlements.

AFP:

“The letters called on the international community, and particularly the Security Council, to condemn settlement activity — which is illegal — and other illegal Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory,” Malki told AFP.

The message also called for “urgent measures to put pressure on the occupying power, which is Israel, to compel it to stop these actions and policies immediately,” he said.

The text of the letter warns that Israel’s “illegal and destructive plans not only inflames tensions but further underscores the dubious nature of the occupying power’s claims of readiness to negotiate a peace settlement.”

It said settlement activity was part of a campaign “being deliberately waged in an attempt to seize more Palestinian land and entrench (Israel’s) control over the Palestinian territory.”

“The goal of these messages at this time in particular is to keep the issue of settlements at the top of the priorities of the Security Council and General Assembly,” Maliki added.

The Washington Post reports Hillary Clinton, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are scheduled to attend to discuss the ‘the latest Mideast situation’ at Blair House on Wednesday April 11th.  Foreign ministers of the eight major industrialized nations will also be in attendance. But considering current events, the latest Mideast situation is likely to include discussion of Syria, Iran and Turkey. Excuse me for imagining once again, Palestine will be moved to the back burner.

Can the Quartet do anything besides ‘urge’ the parties? What is the point of this ‘process’ if they will do nothing as Israel cuts off East Jerusalem and expands the settlements? Everyone knows there is no prospect for two states without East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Haven’t we had this same conversation over and over? The only thing changing here is facts on the ground, as the Quartet and the UN Security Council do nothing.

Palestine News Network:

In a press release from the Palestinian representative office of the UN, Mansour reported that on 4th April, the Israeli government submitted construction tenders of 1,121 new settlement units in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; 827 new units in the illegal settlement of “Har Homa” (Abu Ghneim) in southern Jerusalem, and 180 units in Giv’at Ze’ev settlement, north of Jerusalem. He also mentioned the head of the Jerusalem municipality’s issued statement on 2nd April about the plans to build new settlement units in Jerusalem.

Mansour, on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, called on the international society, especially the Security Council, to condemn the settlements and other illegal activities and policies occurring in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially Jerusalem. Mansour emphasized that it must take immediate procedures to put pressure on Israel to cease these actions and policies.

Perhaps the Quartet could view this video from last week to better comprehend the important security details carried out by Israeli military forces in the Palestinian Occupied Territories.

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  1. piotr
    April 10, 2012, 4:32 pm

    Did a sheep kick one of the soldiers? A truly Gandhian sheep would not do it. As usually, the commentary is one sided. I think that IDF has to work more on the proper anti-sheep measures. They are quite expert with trees, but I understand that there are specialized units that handle trees. You cannot send two city boys and expect them to efficiently chase away sheep with no proper training or equipment. link to caneman2.com

    How those people want to take on Iran is beyond my comprehension.

    • Annie Robbins
      April 10, 2012, 5:00 pm

      at 1:40 in the video you can see an iof dragging the sheep by the hind legs. i can’t tell if he’s tied a rope around the back leg or not. then a truck comes down. at 3:41 it looks like they are trying to drag the sheep and in the video it’s embedded w/text they are trying to drag the sheep to the truck. what a cruel way to live.

    • Annie Robbins
      April 10, 2012, 5:02 pm

      they don’t want to take on iran, they want us too.

      • piotr
        April 10, 2012, 7:08 pm

        There are 80 millions sheep and goats in Iran, mostly sheep. Any plan involving commandos on the ground has to take this element into account.

        IDF has a very good record with trees, children, leftists etc. Another video showed a demolition of a shed for lambs and troops can kick young lambs very effectively. But an adult sheep is a different matter.

        I once attended a lecture on robotics, Australians were making a robot for shearing sheep. We were told that animals from Australian flocks are very docile, bred for easy handling. The more primitive breeds are a different story.

      • eljay
        April 10, 2012, 7:17 pm

        >> IDF has a very good record with trees, children, leftists etc. Another video showed a demolition of a shed for lambs and troops can kick young lambs very effectively. But an adult sheep is a different matter.

        1. Those trees were anti-Semitic.
        2. The Occupation Forces of the Jewish state have plenty of bullets. Whatever they can’t kick – Iranians, Palestinians, peace activists, sheep, etc. – they can kill. That’s the power of freedom and justice.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 10, 2012, 7:40 pm

        There are 80 millions sheep and goats in Iran, mostly sheep. Any plan involving commandos on the ground has to take this element into account.

        ;)

        i like the way your mind works piotr.

      • RoHa
        April 11, 2012, 12:10 am

        “Those trees were anti-Semitic.”

        Sheep are just as anti-Semitic as trees and ducks.

      • piotr
        April 11, 2012, 2:23 am

        My point is that Israel does not engage in a shocking amount of killing, as the apologists keep reminding us: IDF has a much better record than Syrian army. It is on the level of “petty harassment” that IDF is totally unprecedented, all this effort of cutting trees, demolishing wells, solar panels if any, animal sheds, homes, tents, taking pieces of land slice by slice, assorted daily humilations etc. Essentially petty activities on a mindboggling scale.

        What other organizations would first engage massively in shitting in peoples homes and then mechanize the process (so-called skunk water)? It is not raping, killing and burning. It is not nazism. It is a new mental disease. Israel is a sick puppy. On one plane, this is a consistent policy with specific goals. But the means of achieving those goals drive perpetrators insane.

        Airport security is a good example. Clearly, some security checks are needed. So why not use this as an opportunity to annoy and/or humiliate everybody that we do not like?

        This extra sadistic twist is a systematic fixture of what IDF does and what is popular in general public, after all, IDF is a citizen’s army of a democratic state. We need to conduct aerial surveilance? Why not add some sonic booms? Afterwards American Reform Jewish clergy praises the most humane military force in the world.

      • Sumud
        April 11, 2012, 2:26 am

        IDF has a very good record with trees, children, leftists etc. Another video showed a demolition of a shed for lambs and troops can kick young lambs very effectively. But an adult sheep is a different matter.

        Don’t underestimate The Ziobot piotr – recall Goldstone Report documents about 180,000 chickens being killed by the IDF in Gaza during the bloodbath there a little over 3 years ago, mostly by running over the coops directly with tanks.

        They killed Rachel Corrie with a tank.

        A sheep is [a psychotic] child’s play in comparison; no courage required when you’re driving a Merkava, except if you’re invading southern Lebanon, that is.

      • Sumud
        April 11, 2012, 2:43 am

        My point is that Israel does not engage in a shocking amount of killing, as the apologists keep reminding us: IDF has a much better record than Syrian army.

        If Western powers were funnelling weapons to a Palestinian ‘Free Army’ I think the IDF’s kill rate would be much higher. Syria appears to me a very ugly & evil attempt by the West to provoke a civil war under the guise of the Arab Spring. China and Russia seem on to this, vetoing any SC resolution on Syria after the NATO No-Fly Zone in Libya evolved fairly quickly into a regime change mission.

        You are right about the sadistic nature of the IDF, they’re pathetic gutless bullies trying to effect ethnic cleansing in relative slow motion. Pathetic little jewish storm troopers bullying sheep, children and old people. ‘A Light Unto The World’, not.

      • Rusty Pipes
        April 11, 2012, 8:49 pm

        Syriasly:

        Syria appears to me a very ugly & evil attempt by the West to provoke a civil war under the guise of the Arab Spring. China and Russia seem on to this, vetoing any SC resolution on Syria after the NATO No-Fly Zone in Libya evolved fairly quickly into a regime change mission.

        This really needs more coverage. I have been appalled by coverage about Syria on media outlets that are usually progressive on I/P. PNAC’s Clean Break outline proceeds apace with a few adjustments to accomodate some inconvenient obstacles.

  2. seafoid
    April 10, 2012, 5:17 pm

    The Quartet has been captured by the Ziobots like the press has.
    Anyway now they killed the Palestinian state. Well done Israel.
    Now what ?
    Have the Palestinians disappeared into history yet? Or will it be Israel that vanishes?

    • Miss Costello
      April 12, 2012, 4:54 pm

      “Will it be israel that vanishes?”
      Never doubt it. Isra-hel is doomed. All but the most mentally challenged (i.e. settlers) know it.

  3. seafoid
    April 10, 2012, 5:30 pm

    Now the peace process is finished with the ultimate victory of the Jewish people the Israeli government won’t need to waste any time on cynicism such as this monument to bad faith
    link to mfa.gov.il

    • Mayhem
      April 10, 2012, 9:33 pm

      @seafoid: thanks for the link which has a section “How have the Palestinians responded to Israeli offers for peace?” which explains what ‘bad faith’ is all anout

    • Sumud
      April 11, 2012, 2:35 am

      ugh seafoid – I just threw up in my mouth a little.

      So much BS on that page. It’s not one thing, it’s fabrication after fabrication. Hard to believe Israel managed to get away with it all for so long.

      • seafoid
        April 11, 2012, 4:52 am

        What are the MFA’s /Israeli government’s 5 principles of peace ?

        2) The Palestinian refugee issue should be resolved within the context of the Palestinian nation-state. While Palestinian refugees should be free to settle in the Palestinian homeland, Israel cannot allow itself to be demographically engulfed by a flood of refugees, undermining the basic identity of Israel as the world’s only Jewish state.

        There isn’t going to be a Palestinian state.
        Israel has already admitted the need for a solution for the refugees.
        The Palestinian state is now part of YESHA.
        So the fugees are Israel’s responsibility again.

  4. Daniel Rich
    April 10, 2012, 5:41 pm

    Actually sheep are little golden calf cross-dressers and since ‘we’ exchanged the metal for plastic [CC] ‘all’ shall be ‘encouraged’ to act as ‘one’ [but not 'us'].

    • RoHa
      April 11, 2012, 12:18 am

      A thread which includes the phrases “abusing sheep”, “cross-dressers” and “young, macho soldiers” tempts the more frivolously minded to make totally improper suggestions about the soldier/sheep relationship.

      Naturally, I would never make any such suggestion.

  5. CTuttle
    April 10, 2012, 7:44 pm

    Speaking of Sheep…!

  6. rensanceman
    April 10, 2012, 9:45 pm

    With so much free time-young macho soldiers-sooo many sheep, it raises some important ethical consideration! ..for the soldiers. Their ethical standards-if they exist-need a workout.

  7. Today in Palestine
    April 10, 2012, 11:49 pm

    Is it worth it to invest my time in aggregating all the documentation of IOF cruelty to animals owned by Palestinians and doing an FYI to PETA or not?

    • Annie Robbins
      April 11, 2012, 12:38 am

      yes, absolutely! i will never forget in the midst of the most devastating gruesome horrors of iraq (operation ‘forward together’ or summer bliss or something) how the spca put out a call to raise money to rescue dogs from iraq. i kid you not. those animal lovers, they are seriously determined. the sheep might win their freedom before the people if peta has any say in it. let’s go for it.

      • Rusty Pipes
        April 11, 2012, 8:41 pm

        Send a link to every Zionist celebrity who has posed for a PETA ad. Why not start with Madonna?

    • Annie Robbins
      April 11, 2012, 12:40 am

      did you see the video phil took on his last visit? how they killed the baby lamb? sick.

      • OlegR
        April 11, 2012, 8:33 am

        Tell me Annie are you a vegan by any chance?

      • OlegR
        April 11, 2012, 9:21 am

        I am sorry who and what are you talking about ?

      • Today in Palestine
        April 11, 2012, 10:09 am

        OK Annie, I am super busy with work this week but I will work on something this weekend.

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