"New state, same occupation: violence in Qaryut as villagers attempt to remove illegal roadblock."
ISM meant new status. Palestinian statehood was achieved over 24 years ago. The UN vote had nothing to do with reaffirming what already exists.
ISM said Israeli soldiers attacked peaceful protesters. On November 30, they fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters into a crowd at close range.
Palestinians wanted an illegal road block on their own land removed. Israel terrorized them. Injuries resulted. Several hurt required hospitalization. Attacks like this are frequent.
Israeli Shilo and Eli settlements are destroying Qaryut village. Palestinian land is stolen to expand them. Israel criminalizes peaceful protesters. "Is this what the new (Palestine) will continue to look like," asked ISM?
On June 14, 2009, Netanyahu spoke at Bar-Ilan University. For the first time, he (rhetorically) accepted "a demilitarized Palestinian state side by side with the Jewish state."
Palestinian weapons pale compared to Israel's destructive arsenal. Demilitarization would work if Israel renounced war for peace and disarmed.
Netanyahu's words rang hollow. He opposes all Palestinian rights. Observers knew he didn't mean what he said.
His Likud Party platform says the following about Palestinian self-determination:
Unilaterally establishing a Palestinian state "will constitute a fundamental and substantive violation of the agreements with the State of Israel and the scuttling of the Oslo and Wye accords."
"The government will adopt immediate stringent measures in the event of such a declaration."
Platform language says the following about settlements:
"The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (all Occupied Palestine) are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel."- Advertisement -
"The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting."
Likud also rejects Israeli/Palestinian Green Line separation. It prioritizes stealing Palestinian land. It also declares all Jerusalem sovereign Israeli territory.