Netanyahu> You don’t need to send American troops to Israel, we defend ourselves.
KenetiketCT spam> Israel does not defend itself. Israel is historically the number one recipient of US foreign aid.
Note the sleight of hand? Netanyahu spoke of "troops".
As usual, the spam propagandists have to lie in order to support their claim that the other side is lying.
Netanyahu> In Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not occupiers.” (Raucous standing ovation.)
KenetiketCT> Israel’s nearly 44-year long occupation of Palestinian territories is illegal according to international law.
Given that the usual suspects have made this claim at least 10 times this month alone, isn't it about time for someone to cite that "law"?
KenetiketCT spam> The more than 500,000 Jewish Israelis who have been moved into the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967 are settlers who occupy Palestinian land – much of it privately owned by Palestinians and stolen by Jews the rest of it expropriated by the Israeli state – all taken for exclusive Jewish use. This is occupation.
No one has "moved" them.
Most do not "occupy" "Palestinian land" (absent permanent borderes, that claim is absurd).
Let alone "privately owned" land or "stolen".
It's not even true that these are for "exclusive Jewish use".
See, for example:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har_Homa#History
KenetiketCT spam> “Judea and Samaria” are the biblical terms for that piece of land. Is Bibi suggesting a state based not on secular law but on the Bible? A Jewish theocracy? Is this the Israel that our Congress promotes?
ROTFL. These are the names these regions were known by for 3,000 years.
Do you want to call them the "West Bank of Trans-Jordanian Palestine"?
As they were known for a mere 19 years between 1948-1967.
That is, the part of Mandate Palestine east of the Jordan River that is... west of the River.
It's also funny seeing the usual suspects pretend that Israel (which is a secular democratic state) is a "theocracy" while overlooking that the PA Constitution enshries Muslim Sharia law as the supreme law of the land.
Netanyahu> You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it.
KenetiketCT's spam> Within Israel, the 20% of Israeli citizens who are Palestinian do have the right to vote and run for office. But they are victims of systematic housing, workplace and resource discrimination. For example, 93% of Israeli land is reserved for Jews.
The "example" is completely false, as has been discussed previously.
93% of the land cannot be privately owned, not by Jews or non-Jews.
It is available, however, for long-term lease, including to non-Jews.
(In fact, there was an "affirmative action" High Court ruling giving Arabs preference to some lands!)
Israeli Arabs are full citizens with equal protection under the law.
They not only form parties and run for office, but are represented in parliament.
They have served as ministers in the ruling government coalition.
And in the foreign office, including as ambassadors.
They serve in the judiciary, including as justices on the High (supreme) Court.
They even serve in the Israeli Defense Forces, achieving ranks as high as Generals.
KenetiketCT's spam> In the West Bank, more than 2 million Palestinians live under Israeli occupation—that is, their lives are ruled by Israeli military law, while their Jewish settler neighbors are subject to Israeli civil law. Another 1.5 million Gazans live under siege by the Israeli military. Is this democracy?
This has nothing to do with democracy.
Let's not forget that it was Israel who introduced elections in the 1970s (to the PLO's opposition).
Under the Oslo Agreement, these 3 million Palestinian Arabs live under the rule of the PA (and in, Gaza, following their coup, under Hamas).
Netanyahu> Jerusalem must never again be divided. Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel.
KenetiketCT's spam> The original UN charter that created Israel, as still recognized by the international community, identified Jerusalem as an internationalized zone that must be shared by all parties.
That partition compromise didn't "create" Israel, not to mention that it was violently rejected by the Arab parties.
Maybe you should have accepted that 64 years ago... but you didn't.
Instead you started a war, gambled, and lost.
And you've been whining for decades about this "injustice".
As if there should be an insurance policy for those who start wars and lose.
Look at what is happening here. President Obama has attempted to get peace talks started again.
And the usual suspects are against that and, as usual, trying to demonize Netanyahu and Israel.
Not in the cause of peace, but in an attempt to rationalize and justify, even to perpetuate, the war to destroy it.