I did NOT meet any terrorists. I did meet human beings who have lived under occupation for forty years. According to International Law, occupation is to be a temporary situation and maintain the status quo.
"During Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's recent visit to Washington, President Bush declared Olmert's "convergence" plan "bold." For Palestinians, however, it is disastrous, because it will annex much of the West Bank's water and fertile land to Israel." Fareed Taamallah, Coordinator for the Palestinian Central Election Commission for the district of Salfit in the West Bank. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060626/taamallah
posted June 9, 2006 The Nation
Orwellian double-speak has become the language of 21st century politicians. Olmert initially spoke about convergence, containment, and now it is re-alignment; a word that is NOT in the dictionary, but the others are and I consulted one in my attempts to understand 21st politicians.,
Convergence: is the act of converging and especially moving toward union or uniformity.
Containment: is the act, process, or means of containing and also the policy, process, or result of preventing the expansion of a hostile power or ideology.
Contain: to keep within limits: RESTRAIN, CONTROL, CHECK, HALT, ENCLOSE, BOUND
Realign is and means to re-adjust alliances or working arrangements between or within countries or political parties.
Thus, Realignment is NOT just Orwellian double-speak; IT IS also truthiness to the ninth degree.
Take a drive through the West Bank or consult a map of The Wall and the truth is Palestine is swiss cheese and the Peace process is in pieces.
A two-state solutiion is impossible at this moment in time, but the facts on the ground are many and three will suffice for now:
1. There is one land that three religions claim is Holy. Thus, the land belongs to God.
2. When Israel became a state in 1948 it was contingent on upholding the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all the people of the land. America should be the loudest voice demanding Israel do it!
3. For those who believe God has made a real estate deal with the Jewish faith, may they demand that Israel then do what God required of them: "And he has already told you what that is man! Do Justice, Be Merciful and walk humbly with your God."-Micah 6:8
"Under Olmert's plan, Israel aims to keep the two main Palestinian West Bank aquifers: the lower Jordan River basin in the east, and the eastern mountain aquifer, trapped behind Israel's wall in the west. This will force Palestinians to depend on Israel for water, preserving the status quo, a dramatically unjust division of water resources."[IBID]
Palestinians collect rainwater in cisterns during the winter but by summer, the cisterns have run dry. Palestinian communities are thus obliged to purchase additional water from expensive and unsanitary tankers. Children especially suffer from kidney problems thought to be related to drinking stagnant water and are in need of kidney transplants.