Friday, April 08, 2005

Bush won't confront Sharon on illegal settlements

The meeting between Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President George Bush at Bush's Texas ranch, Monday, will herald yet another example of international hypocrisy, showcasing the glaringly obvious "selective issues" that spawn this President's administration. Despite the United States' official position of "no expansion of settlements" in the West Bank, this very topic will not be discussed but rather, avoided. Earlier, Bush said he would press Sharon on the issue. The problem here is Bush’s indecisiveness to bare down on an ally whom he knows is deliberately breaking the law.

The "road to peace", as Bush has said, must be accomplished, but only if all countries work together to maintain a collaborative common ground.

How can this be achieved if even Bush will not push Sharon to follow international law, and specifically, allow the illegal E-1 plan for construction of settlements between Ma'aleh Adumim and Jerusalem, which the U.S. strongly opposes?

In his avoidance of this issue, Bush has stripped authority, and has downgraded the position of his secretary of state, Rice, as a mere messenger, who went on record to say "that Israel should not raze the houses in the settlements it evacuates unless the PA says that the existing houses are unsuited to its needs". Rice is now in the same position as her predecessor, Colon Powell--a fettered mouthpiece with diminished authority and credibility. Full story here.

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