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US: 'Israel must remove 23 outposts' as promised during Bush Admin.

'Israel must remove 23 outposts'
By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
30/04/2010 02:51

P.J. Crowley: "we expect [Israel] to fulfill responsibilities.”
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WASHINGTON – The US pushed back against indications Israel has abandoned its commitment to take down authorized outposts Thursday, calling on Jerusalem to live up to its obligations.

“The Israeli government has pledged to take specific actions,” US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. “They have responsibilities and we would expect them to fulfill those responsibilities.”

Earlier this week, The Jerusalem Post reported that Israel has no intention in the foreseeable future of dismantling any of 23 unauthorized West Bank outposts built after March 2001, despite a 2002 road map commitment and years of pledges by successive prime ministers including Binyamin Netanyahu.

The promise to dismantle the outposts was made in the framework of wider understandings with the second Bush administration that provided for continued home-building at settlements Israel is likely to retain under a permanent accord with the Palestinians.

Israeli officials told the Post that since the Obama administration replaced those wider understandings with a demand for a moratorium on all new home-building throughout the settlements – which was accepted by Netanyahu in November – Israel no longer regards itself as having to go through with the outpost demolitions on the basis of that pledge to the US.

Crowley, though, indicated the US sees the matter differently since it believes Israel still needs to keep its commitment.

He also said that “the parties need to take affirmative steps that create an improved atmosphere for negotiations to proceed and they need to avoid actions which inhibit progress, and certainly settlements are a contentious issue.”

He added that settlements, along with borders, security, refugees and Jerusalem, were final-status issues that needed to be resolved in those negotiations.

“We’re pushing hard to get them into proximity talks as soon as possible that we hope will lead to direct negotiations,” Crowley said.

State Department officials, however, are denying a report in a Roger Cohen column in The New York Times this week that the US administration had presented the Palestinians with a letter promising an intense effort to produce a Palestinian state in two years, accompanied by a pledge – if Israel seriously undermines trust between the two parties – to withhold its veto from a Security Council resolution condemning Israel.

Instead, they pointed to building momentum and US Middle East envoy George Mitchell’s plans to return to the region at the beginning of next week.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.


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  • I'll place a sportsmens bet that they'll remove none of these settlements by the end of Summer, despite promising their 'friend' George Bush that they'd do so.

    Good for all to see how Israel treats 'commitments'

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    • They will close some down for the cameras' but sadly the radical settlers will just set up Jewish-only outposts elsewhere in the West Bank.

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      "The message is clear - we are here and will remain here. We are planting and building; this is an inseparable part of the State of Israel," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a tree-planting tour of the West Bank settlement blocs.

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    • They pulled out of Gaza and moved to the West Bank.

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    • if your land was being stolen by a force that was far superior and you fought back against them, are you a terrorist? (both sides kill civilians, its just that israel has the ability to accurately target palestinian militants, yet they still kill innocent people, if the palestinians had apache helicopters and tanks and they used them to fight israeli security forces, would they still be called terrorists? the media and religion has manufactured the consent of millions of people on both sides More..

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    • Name a arab pally commitment.....does OSLO come to mind......

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  • Nuke the manatees...

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  • The great Jewish do not have to listen to anyone. They have a clearly defined mandate from God for they are the chosen people

    and that my slacker friend is that.

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  • Israel SuckS!

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  • Now we'll find out with Israel rules the Settlers, or whether the Settlers rule Israel

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  • keep building until the plai's are pushed into the water and grow gills.

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  • Very Monty Python wanting to create a racially pure Jewish state

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    • How many racially pure Muslims states in this world are there already?
      Thats besides the fact that Israel has all cultures and races living here already, like Australia.

      But I guess the Jews having control of 0.6% of the middle east is too much for you too accept hey?

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    • ... when the thieves steal other people's land...

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  • great Friday morning news!

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  • America is an Isreali Outpost?

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  • How soon Americans forget they they were once called terrorists by the British.

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