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Merkel criticises new Israeli settlements

The Local · 1 Oct 2011, 09:49

Published: 01 Oct 2011 09:49 GMT+02:00

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Merkel had told Netanyahu that the success of negotiations on a two-state solution with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas rested on both sides refraining from "provocations", and damned his approval of a settlement expansion in east Jerusalem.

She said she had "absolutely no understanding" for the approval of the plans to expand a settlement in Gilo, in the part of Jerusalem generally inhabited by Palestinians and viewed by them as their capital.

"This approval had raised doubt whether the Israeli government has an interest in the start of serious negotiations," her spokesman Seibert said, adding that Merkel told Netanyahu it was "now a question of dispelling this doubt."

The quartet of bodies trying to manage peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, composed of the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia, announced a bid to get things moving again on September 23.

It came shortly after the Palestinians submitted their bid to join the United Nations as a member state.

Merkel said the Quartet's plan must be the basis for negotiations.

The proposal calls for talks to begin within a month, for both sides to produce concrete ideas on security and borders within three months and for a final deal to be reached before the end of 2012.

Merkel had phoned Abbas Monday to press him to accept the Quartet proposal to open negotiations with Israel.

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15:36 October 1, 2011 by catjones
I'm always amazed at the amazement.
15:47 October 1, 2011 by Englishted
Now everyone has navigation systems nobody uses the "road map" anymore.
15:56 October 1, 2011 by Shirazz
But road maps are much more fun. Plenty of room for confusion.
17:09 October 1, 2011 by Englishted
My have you seen what the friendly chaps in Iran have said you have to love them.
17:11 October 1, 2011 by storymann
The Jewish State knows that the right of return ,one of the many sticking points in their years of non - negotiations will never happen as there is nothing to return to.

Now new settlements , means more lost land for the Palestinian people. I would doubt that Israel is interested in a two state solution or giving anything to Palestine except grief.
17:47 October 1, 2011 by bernie1927
This a a clear attempt by Netanyahu to sabotage the peace talks. It is time for the US to finally show some backbone and support Abbas in his desire to acquire recognition. But of course, that will never happen! The Israeli lobby will make sure of that. Too bad.
18:26 October 1, 2011 by arbeitsbiene3

21 Sep. 2011 Mr. Obamas speech at the UN:

What was missing from Mr. Obamas speech at the UN this year is the plight of Palestine and Palestinians. No mention about Israeli occupation, the ghetto settlements, land annexation and the building of illegal settlements in Palestine.

27 Sep. 20011 Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle reiterated Germanys opposition to the Palestinian statehood bid in a speech to the United Nations on Monday, and called on both sides to follow the Quartet timetable.

01 Oct. 2011 German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demand a quick return to peace talks - and said she absolutely did not understand settlement expansion in east Jerusalem.


Germany has a non-permanent seat on the Security Council, and therefore a vote in the debate, but Westerwelle did not explicitly say which way Berlin would vote.

The Palestinian Authority and the people of Palestine should not hold their breaths for Germany to support their bid for Statehood at the UN.
22:05 October 1, 2011 by Englishted

"The Palestinian Authority and the people of Palestine should not hold their breaths for Germany to support their bid for Statehood at the UN. "

But if they do then all the problems would be over .
09:25 October 2, 2011 by wood artist
The actions on both sides suggest...or demonstrate...that they don't really want peace. However, there is one significant difference.

The rocket attacks from the Palestinians emanate from groups within their society who see violence as an appropriate action given the state of things.

The continued building and expansion of Jewish settlements in occupied land is a governmentally-approved situation!

The Palestinian Authority may or may not be able to control the rocket folks. The government of Israel CAN control the settlement folks. Until they do so, I seriously question any statement that they want to talk and they truly want peace.

01:59 October 4, 2011 by shahislam
Violent means are ugly!

The top leaders sometimes have no choice but to act foolish or real mean to please some and survive and then, try to balance things! There is no alternative in the system of capitalism where money (not morality) operates the main switch of power. But the good news is: sense of morality works perfectly on smaller powers; this happens through the silent balancing acts of cosmic rules, I sometime talk about.

I commented in the Washington Post today as follows:

Even if any of the terrorist-US-citizens was captured, he (al-Awlaki) /she wouldn¦#39;t be receiving anything less than suspended death penalty. However, as an only option, killing of a proved killer for belief-blind or what so ever reasons is unavoidable!

It will be a wastage of time to argue on what is justified by common sense!

Moreover, for the religious guys there is nothing for them to argue about because crusading-minded guys killed in wars, straight head for paradisaical-life after death; so, being killed is a blessing to those who want to live in heaven after death!

About Ivory Coast: This Gbagbo, if option of amnesty was honestly given by impartial UN, would not surrender willingly, therefore, should receive suspended death penalty. There are many mentally retarded stupids in ¦#39;Tiger-like powers¦#39; in many countries and a newer UN can only help replace these idiots in slow evolutionary -type revolutions.

(Suspended death sentences for inhuman war crime-committing world-leaders mean when found guilty they have serve in the UN¦#39;s front line of fights against insurgents and slow implementation of such noble ideas is possible by human push too.)

Same will be the situation about Gaddafi and many others to be followed later, if slow transition may continue undisturbed.

I am sure, many cannot even guess where Obama¦#39;s success is coming from, in the midst of similar conditions where Bushes failed!

God bless us all and we continue to be less worried and more happy!
11:27 October 4, 2011 by arbeitsbiene3
@ Englishted

Why was this Promise Land transfer deal not fulfilled when the Land bookers of the Bible stories, Isaac and his son Jacob were alive?

Oh, how silly of me, there was no British, U.S. or European Union to close the deal for the Israelites.

Zechariah 1:16-17

Therefore, says the Lord, I have become compassionate toward Jerusalem and will rebuild my temple in it, says the Lord who rules over all. Once more a surveyors measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem. 17. Speak up again with the message of the Lord who rules over all: My cities will once more overflow with prosperity, and once more the Lord will comfort Zion and validate his choice of Jerusalem.

Exodus 20:5

I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.

Did God not know there were people living on the Lands from the Nile River in Egypt to Lebanon?
13:44 October 4, 2011 by trevzns
There is no shame to the Israelis political and religious games.

How interesting, the victims of genocide are now experts in illegal Land annexation, Landlords of ghettos and the oppressors of people for their Lands and resources.

Israel will use any means that are available to perpetuate, we are victims and Gods hated chosen people for their political and religious interests.
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