Thursday, November 15, 2007

Olmert: trader of land for terror.

I don't like pasting entire articles from other sources, but when it is as important as this, I can't help myself.

- special thanks to the Lekarev Report

In the largest planned anti-Jewish expulsion plan since the Nazi deported the Jews of Poland, the government of Ehud Olmert has apparently agreed to expel more than a hundred thousand Jews from their homes and destroy their communities in Judea and Samaria. In his first meeting with representatives of the Yesha settlement movement in the nearly two years he has been in office, Olmert made it clear that secret deals with the US and the Palestinians would mean a total freeze in the growth of homes and communities in Israel's biblical heartland.

Olmert reportedly told them that "the first stage of the road map speaks of dismantling outposts and freezing settlements, and that's a document that all Israeli governments, including Likud ministers, have accepted." Sharon, who founded the Kadima Party that Olmert now heads, was a member of Likud when Israel accepted the road map.

However, Olmert was telling only a half-truth: the Israeli government of the time only approved the Road Map with a list of some 13 qualifications. Israel under Sharon never referred to or insisted on the qualifications. More significantly however, neither Sharon nor Olmert proceeded on the Road Map because the Palestinians have never fulfilled their obligations such as dismantling terror organizations and stopping terrorism.

Despite this continuing failure by the Palestinians to meet their obligations, Israel is expected to announce - apparently with no quid pro quo - prior to the planned Annapolis conference, a formal and total freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria (Yesha). Danny Dayan, head of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria, told Arutz-7 on Tuesday after a meeting with the Prime Minister -- the first, by the way, with Yeshua residents - that he was horrified to learn that the settlement freeze had become "official policy," and not just a means by which to pressure the residents of Yesha.

According to Dayan, the freeze is currently total, "including kindergartens, caravans for schools, and lack of consideration for natural growth." Yet when he described this situation to Olmert, Dayan said, "he just sat there and didn't say a word."

Dayan said the settler leaders also warned Olmert that "expelling more than 100,000 people from their homes," as withdrawing from most of the West Bank would entail, "is not even slightly similar to expelling 10,000 people from their homes in Gush Katif two years ago. It's like comparing a flood in Pardes Hannah to a giant tsunami ... Such an expulsion would break the back of Israeli society. More and more population groups would feel alienated from the state and its institutions. It would be nothing like what we went through in Gush Katif."

During the hour-long meeting at Olmert's office in Jerusalem, the premier spoke rarely, but was quoted as giving one concluding speech: "I see the future in a slightly different way than you do," he said. "I know that in order to ensure a future for Israel as a Jewish democratic state, we will have no choice but to make some concessions. I feel that on this point I am embroiled in a heartbreaking disagreement with your public, a public that I myself was part of."

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