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May 9, 2014 7:27 pm

Israeli Official Rips Envoy Indyk Over Peace Talks Breakdown Account

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Former U.S. envoy to Israel Martin Indyk. Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Reuters – Israel fired back on Friday at a senior U.S. official, who blamed Jewish settlement construction in part for the breakdown of peacemaking with the Palestinians, saying he himself had done nothing to help the negotiations.

The blunt riposte signaled continued, deep tensions between Israel and Washington over the U.S.-led talks, which collapsed last month amid bitter recriminations.

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  • Beatrix

    Indyk wants peace, but he’s impatient with Israel over his own lack of greatness. Abbas did nothing but make demands; all concessions came from Netanyahu. As the only leader doing anything, he was the only one for the participants to criticize.

  • Julian Clovelley

    One of the accusations one hears is that Israel is using the settlements to house recent migrants to Israel and their families.

    Anyone know what the real statisics are.? The accusation has included the suggestion that many come from strongly Fundamentalist regions and therefore dominate the existence of the settlements with the concept “G-d gave this land to me” and a determination on that basis never to leave – even if the result is that Israel as a whole is never able to achieve a peace settlement

    So what are the statistics?- Can we put this one to bed or is the composition of settlement populations a genuine problem of this kind.

    I have never seen a demographic breakdown of who the settlers on Palestinian land actually are.

    • shloime

      it isn’t “palestinian land”, it’s jewish land, historically and by right of conquest in a defensive war under international law. and the people wanting to live on it, in peace, are “jews”. not “settlers”, not “extremists”, not “fundamentalists”, just jews, with jobs, families, and above all, guts.

    • Julian Clovelley

      Shortly after sending my previous post a current news item caught my attention.

      It says a lot for Israel’s democracy that Israel’s Defence minister has expressed qualms on a similar subject to mine, in a statement that seems to echo another recent statement made by US special envoy Martin Indyk

      Tzipi Livni is quoted in The Jerusalem Post as saying, “We are talking about an extremist ideological group based in certain settlements in Judea and Samaria that doesn’t adhere to any authority.”

      On Thursday Indyk is reported as saying “”Rampant settlement activity- especially in the midst of negotiations— doesn’t just undermine Palestinian trust in the purpose of the negotiations, it can undermine Israel’s Jewish future… …If this continues, it could mortally wound the idea of Israel as a Jewish state. And that would be a tragedy of historic proportions.”

      When I look at the attacks on the United Nations, Oxfam, considerations relating to International Law, and even on the activities of organisations such as the Red Cross – when I see claims that Geneva Conventions relating to Occupied territories should somehow not apply to Palestine, they all seem to come from the same source, an extremist minority over which democratic Israel has as little influence, as any democratic movement in Palestine has over Islamic militants

      Israel’s friends would truly like to know what is going on. Many see Israel’s future as part of a major improvement in conditions throughout the region. The present impasse seems impossible and distressing for everyone.

      • Emanuel

        Whats going on is out of 500,000 Jews living beyond the green line there may be 15 or 20 extremists among them who should be apprehended and punished, that’s all. Out of the 1.5 million Palestinians living in the territories there are only thousands and thousands of terrorists and religious extremists, so if we give you 1000 to 1 is that fair? because it works for us.

      • Beatrix

        I know you write out of concern for Israel and concern for peace.

        Some settlers are “extremists” but I don’t think this impacts peace between Jews and Arabs any more than gang warfare in Chicago affects relations between Russia and America. When Sharon left Gaza, he removed all settlers, extreme or not. There was fighting and complaining, but no civil war.

        Both sides agree that Israel is going to keep at least 80% of settlements. Legally, this land was Israeli, but Israel has agreed to give the bulk of it to Palestine (80% of settlements are on about 5% of the land). Settlements are simply not the problem.

        • esther noodelman

          The problem with trying to always be the nice guy(Israel),the only democracy in the world to offer to return land that was gained by being attacked by peace-loving Arabs(THROUGH AGGRESSIVE WAR VS US IN OTHER WORDS) and fortunately for us,we won. BY RETURNING LAND, THE ARABS AND THE REST OF THE WORLD THEN ASSUME IT IS NOT OURS. WRONG!

  • BH in Iowa

    Let’s not be too quick to judge Indyke. “Jewish settlement construction” burned my toast.