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DogPoundPup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:43 PM
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US envoy worries settlers Settler leader says Mitchell's appointment 'disturbing'
The appointment of US Mideast Envoy George Mitchell is "very disturbing," Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan told Ynet Saturday evening.



"Soon we will need to get Obama's request to have children," Dayan said, alluding to Mitchell's previously voiced objection to allowing natural growth in West Bank settlements.



"In the past, Mitchell made an indecent comparison between the war on terror and the settlements," the Yesha leader said. "Right now it's important for us to have a government that will stand up for our interests."

However, for the time being the Yesha Council does not intend to engage in an all-out clash with the returning US envoy, officials said. The settler group will weigh its actions following the upcoming Knesset elections.

more ... http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3661096,00.ht...

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'We are not a U.S. colony'

Experience teaches us that Binyamin Netanyahu will not be able to withstand the pressure exerted upon him by the Obama administration, National Union leader Ya'akov Ketzale Katz warned Saturday. Unless Bibi is strengthened from the Right, he will fall into the arms of the Left again, he added.

Ketzale said that Obama needed to be reminded that Israel is not an American colony or the 51st state. I think it is great arrogance and even chutzpah on the part of the U.S. administration that it does not respect the Israeli public, he said in an interview. Although Olmert is ending his role, the administration is trying to 'close' things that it could not close over the past years. We hope that the Prime Minister and his ministers will explain to him that he should go home, he added.

Yesha Council head Danny Dayan said Saturday evening that Mitchell's appointment is a disturbing one. He cited a report prepared by Mitchell during President Bill Clinton's term, in which he called for an end to all settlement activity including natural growth.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/129590
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OregonBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:02 PM
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1. My reply to this article in the comments section. You are not the 51st state.
You are only too happy to take our money and our weapons. We're only too happy to set you free but no more American $$ and no more American guns and ammo. Good luck with that.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:04 PM
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2. What a drama queen!
Ship all the settlers back to within the pre-1967 borders, without exception!
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:06 PM
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3. This is an extreme far-right web site
Representative of the Israeli settler movement.
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dbonds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:19 PM
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4. The settlers ARE the problem.
They need to restore the borders.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:32 PM
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5. IsraelNationalNews is a loony religious-right site
It represents the RW extremist settlers. Anyone who can express concern that Bibi 'will fall into the arms of the Left again' is not precisely sane. I am not surprised they are not keen on Obama or Mitchell. Fortunately, they represent a minority, though a nasty one, in Israel, and with any luck, will not be able to have any influence on the peace process.

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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:27 PM
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6. "I don't mind people disliking me.
The question is what are they in a position to do about it?
Apparently nothing, at present."
-- William S. Burroughs
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lynnertic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 10:10 AM
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7. Ketzale contradicts himself within two breaths
1) Ketzale said that Obama needed to be reminded that Israel is not an American colony or the 51st state.

2) He was then quoted as saying, It's arrogance and even chutzpah for a US Admin to disrespect the Israeli public.

Ketzale seems to think that the US is an Israeli colony. Obama answers to his American constituents, even if his predecessor was at the beck and call of the Israeli government. Israelis are not Americans.

We'll see if Obama lives up to his declaration that he's a friend of peace and an enemy of terror and corruption.

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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 11:47 AM
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8. Good, I'm pleased they are feeling uncertain, and long overdue.
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:15 PM
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9. Their disturbed or scared?
and I suspect it is more than just the settlers
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Howardx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:58 PM
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10. big mouth israelis
are gonna kill the golden goose and not a minute too soon.
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