This has come in via Jewish Voice for Peace – www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org
“700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem, and poof – that was sort of the moment.”
– Secretary of State John Kerry
The following is an excerpt of a longer letter from Cecilie Surasky, Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, received on 11 April 2014:
“It wasn’t exactly poetry, but Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony to Congress this week might go down in history as a real turning point in the last 20 plus years of US-orchestrated negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
“Kerry couldn’t have been more clear about the recent sequence of events that have driven these talks to the brink.
“First Israel refused to release the last group of Palestinian prisoners they had promised to free, then they announced construction of 700 new settlement units, and only then did the Palestinians announce that they would attempt to join 15 international human rights conventions.
“The US and Israel still vigorously criticized that move, which begs the question: what kind of “peace process” considers signing on to covenants promoting the rights of children, the disabled, and others a threat to peace?
“Since the Oslo Accords, the number of Jewish settlers on Palestinian land has more than doubled – to more than 650,000. In fact, Benjamin Netanyahu campaigned for re-election on a promise of one million Jews living in ‘Judea and Samaria’.
“Rather than hold Israel accountable, the United States has repeatedly rewarded the Israeli government whenever it violated the law or agreements, now fueling the occupation with $3.2 billion in annual military aid.
“The United States is indeed acting like a broker in these talks — representing Israel.”
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