ISRAEL SEES PEACE IN TWO YEARS…. I WANT IT NOW!

Here are some nice thoughts…. In two years time, Palestinian children playing in the school yard will not be slaughtered by the Israeli Border Police. In two years time, Palestinian villages will not be invaded by Israeli tanks which slaughter innocent civilians living in that village. In two years time, innocent civilians in shopping malls, in the streets will no longer be gunned down by Israeli forces. I can go on endlessly, but you can find Israel’s aggressions against Palestine in my archives… go search….

IN TWO YEARS????? WHY NOT NOW????

The reality is that under the present Israeli Administration we will never see peace in this region…. that has been proven by past actions and attitudes.

The Associated Press offers a ‘Breaking News Bulletin’ discussing Israel’s Peace Plan….. I wouldn’t take it too seriously, but it is worth the read….

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Israeli Officials Formulate Peace Plan
By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press Writer

Thursday, January 18, 2007

NETANYA, Israel (AP) —

Israel and the Palestinians can wrap up a final peace deal within two years, Israel’s deputy defense minister said Thursday, but cautioned that the international climate for such talks would not remain favorable for long.

The deputy minister, Ephraim Sneh, has formulated a new peace plan together with Defense Minister Amir Peretz of the moderate Labor Party, a junior partner in Israel’s centrist coalition. He is one of several leading Israeli officials, including Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, to recently articulate new ideas for re-energizing peace efforts.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to meet in coming weeks with Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to explore ways to accelerate peacemaking. The so-called Quartet of Mideast negotiators — the U.S., EU, U.N. and Russia — will convene ahead of those talks, Rice said.

Sneh told an academic conference on Thursday that a peace deal is still possible, even though previous rounds collapsed over explosive issues such as the fate of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements.

“Two years are enough to conclude a detailed agreement,” Sneh said at the Netanya Academic College. “We should discuss, maybe for six months, the principles, and move forward about the details of final status agreement.”

He appealed for urgent action, saying the timing was favorable because moderate Arab states want to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“We have an opportunity, but I don’t know for how long will it last,” he said. “We have to do it very, very quickly.”

Nearly four years ago, Israel and the Palestinians accepted the internationally backed “road map” peace plan that was to have led to Palestinian statehood by 2005. But the plan foundered soon after it was presented. Both sides have failed to carry out obligations that were to be fulfilled before negotiations on a final deal could be launched.

Olmert and Abbas held their first substantive meeting on Dec. 23 in an effort to the peace talks moving again. To build confidence, Olmert pledged to ease travel restrictions on Palestinians, and to transfer $100 million in frozen funds to the Palestinians, whose finances have deteriorated sharply over the past year because of an international boycott of the militantly anti-Israel Hamas government.

But travel restrictions remain onerous, and nearly a month later, less than $10 million in frozen funds have been released.

Abbas, whose Fatah faction is locked in a bloody power struggle with Hamas, needs the concessions to prove to the Palestinian people that there are benefits to engaging Israel in dialogue designed to lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Also in Netanya, the head of the European mission monitoring operations at the Egypt-Gaza border urged Israel to stop restricting operations there, saying disruptions only promote “extremism and terror.”

Israel, citing security alerts, has kept the Rafah terminal — Gaza’s main gateway to the outside world — closed for about 80 percent of the time since Palestinian militants from Gaza kidnapped an Israeli soldier in June.

On Thursday, the head of the European monitors, Italian Lt. Gen. Pietro Pistolese, said it was counterproductive to deprive Gaza’s 1.4 million people of access to the rest of the world.

“It is vital that there is a return to normal operations at Rafah as soon as possible,” Pistolese said. Keeping the border closed “only encourages more people to resort to extremism and terror,” he said.

At the same gathering, Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, who arrived in the region in December 2005 with a mandate to help reform the Palestinian security forces, said his team was here for the long haul.

“We are not going away anytime soon,” Dayton said in a rare public appearance.

Dayton said he works on projects designed to produce tangible results, such as improving security at the Karni cargo crossing between Israel and Gaza.

The crossing, Gaza’s lifeline, has been closed repeatedly by Israel because of security warnings; the crossing has been the frequent target of attacks by Palestinian militants.

A senior Western official said security at the crossing has improved significantly with the gradual deployment of Abbas’ elite Presidential Guard, starting in November.

In December, the number of trucks leaving Gaza increased by 20 percent, to more than 1,000. The movement is still far below the minimum 400-a-day quota outlined in the November 2005 agreement on Gaza’s border, reached after Israel withdrew from the coastal strip.

In other news, Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Nablus shot dead a Palestinian gunman in an early morning gunfight, Palestinian security officials and paramedics said. The Israeli army said troops operating in the city shot an armed man, but had no information on his condition.

2 Comments

  1. Osaid Rasheed said,

    January 19, 2007 at 20:48

    hello my friend.. I like your work here

    🙂

  2. DesertPeace said,

    January 19, 2007 at 23:42

    So good to see you here Osaid…. I hope all is well.


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