Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Germany Blasts Israel's Illegal Land Grab

Germany Blasts Israel’s Illegal Land Grab

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed Israel’s Resolution Law, retroactively approving around 4,000 illegally built settler outpost homes on privately owned Palestinian land - confiscating it for exclusive Jewish occupation and use, legislation its attorney general opposed and won’t defend.

Anything about Israel is sensitive in Germany, given its Nazi era mass extermination of Jews. 

Last December, its Foreign Ministry spokesman expressed great concern about the pending legislation, saying it “violates international law,” along with “undermin(ing)” any chance for a two-state solution.

Asked at the time if German or EU sanctions would be imposed, he called it the wrong “path in this case to make headway in the Middle East peace process” - the greatest hoax in modern times, he failed to explain.

Following the Resolution Law’s adoption, Germany’s Foreign Ministry spokesman strongly criticized it, saying:

“Many in Germany who stand by Israel and feel great commitment toward it find themselves deeply disappointed by this move.”

“Our trust in the Israeli government’s commitment to the two-state solution has been shaken to its foundation.”

“We hope and look forward to the Israeli government renewing its commitment for the two-state solution to be reached through negotiations, and prove it by actual steps in accordance with the Middle East Quartet’s demand.”

“After the puzzling remarks by several cabinet ministers who have publicly called for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, and are preparing bills for that purpose, this is now a question of reliability.”

Fact: Israel intends all valued Judea and Samaria areas exclusively for Jews, Palestinians systematically ethnically cleansed to achieve its objective.

Years ago, two states were possible. No longer. Israel controls about 85% of historic Palestine, more stolen land added regularly.

The only viable solution Israel won’t tolerate is one state for all its people. Nothing else can work. Palestinians shouldn’t waste time considering alternatives.

Palestine belongs to the Palestinians. They’re willing to settle for 22% of their historic land with East Jerusalem their rightful capital - a nonstarter with Israel.

Brussels, Britain, France, Turkey, Jordan, other countries and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres denounced Israel’s Resolution Law land grab - not the Trump administration, its near silence virtual approval unless proved otherwise by comments yet to come.

A February 28 EU/Israeli summit was postponed in the wake of the new law, virtually certain to be rescheduled - its purpose to discussed increased cooperation on various issues.

Criticism of Israeli lawlessness without teeth does nothing to stop it. 

It remains unaccountable for decades of Nuremberg-level high crimes against millions of defenseless Palestinians - brutalized by its viciousness.

A Final Comment

Palestinian appointed president Abbas is a longtime Israeli collaborator. Saying if Israeli “colonization continues, (he’ll) have no other choice” but to halt security coordination is a meaningless threat made numerous times before.

Israel ignores him or firmly reminds him who’s boss - easily able to eliminate him like Yasser Arafat if he gets too testy.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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