George Bush in his first term based his ME policy on a promise for a two-state solution by 2005 (one year after the next election). In his road map towards ME peace he allowed Sharom to destroy parts of the West Bank, get rid of PLO leader and terrorist Arafat, build the security wall and fence to partition the occupied Palestinian territory, cede the Jordan valley to Israeli settlers and pull settlements out of the Gaza strip. Bush promised Sharon the Israelis could keep thge land where the large settlements near Jerusalem were build. All this without any negotiation with the Palestinian leadership. As a result, the US and Israel got a Hamas victory in the presidential election in Gaza. The democratic result was denounced and the US declared Hamas and Gaza a enemy and terror entity. In the summer of 2006, PM Olmert was supported by extra arms shipments and the bombing of South Lebanon and the structute of Lebanese infrastructure. The US and Israel supplied the UN with so called “evidence” to get Syria convicted for the Hariri assassination, killing and wounding multiple innocent bystanders. After 5 years of imprisonment, the Syrian suspects were released at the request of the UN as the investigation pointed at possible link towards Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, before the next Israeli election Operation Cast Lead was initiated with massive destruction in Gaza and the killings of 1,400 militants and civilians. Last month, PM Netanyahu thought it wise to start his re-election campaign by a renewd bombing of the Caza strip. World opinion and a changed Arab leadership in the Middle-East forced him to work out a negotiated cease fire with Hamas through mediation of Egypt’s president Morsi. Further bombing in Gaza would have meant the end of the peace treaty with Egypt and a possible overthrow of Jordan’s King Abdullah. The turmoil in the region with the Syrian civil war added to great instability of the region.

The UN General Assembly recognises a member state called Palestine by overwhelming vote

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas returned to the West Bank on Sunday after winning upgraded UN status for the Palestinians, telling cheering crowds: “Yes, now we have a state.”

“Palestine has accomplished a historic achievement at the UN,” Abbas added, three days after the United Nations General Assembly granted the Palestinians non-member state observer status in a 138-9 vote.

“The world said in a loud voice… yes to the state of Palestine, yes to Palestine’s freedom, yes to Palestine’s independence, no to aggression, no to settlements, no to occupation,” Abbas told the ecstatic crowd.

Palestinian President pledges that after UN victory, his task will be working to achieve Palestinian unity, reviving reconciliation efforts.

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VIDEO 1 – Abbas returns to Ramallah from UN victory

Photos: Palestinians celebrate UN victory  

Israeli Construction a Blow to Peace, Says UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday against Israel’s plan to build new homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, calling it an “almost fatal blow” to any prospects for peace.

On Friday, Israel’s forum of nine senior ministers approved the construction of 3,000 housing units in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria [occupied West Bank – edited Oui].

In addition, the nine ministers decided to promote the building of thousands of housing units in Jerusalem and in the so-called `settlement blocs’, including the area known as E1 which connects Jerusalem and Maale Adumim, a long-standing request.

The decision came less than 24 hours after the United Nations voted in favor of the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral move to upgrade its UN status to that of a non-member observer state. Israel had warned it would take action if the PA went ahead with its move.

“It was with grave concern and disappointment that the secretary general learned of Israel’s announcement of 3,000 new settlement units in east Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria -ed.),” a statement from Ban’s spokesman said, according to an AFP report.

“Settlements are illegal under international law and, should the E1 settlement be constructed, it would represent an almost fatal blow to remaining chances of securing a two-state solution.”

Amb. Susan Rice explains US veto to reject settlement building by Israel

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VIDEO 2 – Susan Rice uses veto to bloc UN Security Council vote

Hillary Clinton says building settlements not helpful to restart peace negotiations

Israel’s response: withhold cash and build 3,000 more homes on Palestinian land in East-Jerusalem

VIDEO 3 – Netanyahu spokesperson Mark Regev attacks Palestinian UN bid

Britain, France summon Israeli ambassadors over settlement expansion

US Congress fully backs Israel as our ally and a buffer between our values and terror

VIDEO 4 – US Congress and biblical land for Israel

U.S. overseeing mysterious construction project on IDF base near Tel Aviv named “site 911”

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