ok found an NY Times article. (i want to do more from major US media sources. and less with obviously biased URLs)
hum, they try to make the outposts sound bad, but umm since when is buying land and living there a crime? sigh
I can't say I'm in love with the idea of tearing Israelis from their homes, but I know Israel does not take this step lightly, and cares more for peace and security than preventing a few injustices today.
But of course no concessions are enough for the NY Times, which I believe insists on nothing less than a full evacuation of Israel.
Amazing! Here Israel is kicking citizens out of their homes, and the NY Times takes this opportunity to blame settlements on Sharon and say he's not doing enough.
And should the government of Israel be "committed to more than gradual steps in clearing the West Back of [settlements]"? No! Phase one of the roadmap requires the Palestinians to oppose terrorism. When they won't do that, Israel shouldn't be committed to doing it's reciprocal bits. Rather, Israel should be willing if the roadmap can progress, but otherwise shouldn't make concessions.
Any attempt to raze such established communities would trigger a coordinated, possibly violent response from the highly politicized, well-organized settlers and further polarize Israel's already faction-ridden society.
My fucking God. Yeah, taking small steps proves they aren't willing to take big ones. *cough* And remember they have no reason to take big steps along these lines until the Palestinians oppose terrorism.
Then they have the nerve to allege the Israeli settlers are a murderous bunch.
The article then goes on for three more paragraphs to say Israelis actions were insignificant, and generally poo poo them.
Erm, not quite. Phase one requires the Palestinians to oppose terrorism. Get it? It's not that compliated. PHASE ONE SAYS STOP TRYING TO KILL JEWS. if they won't do that, they shouldn't get a bloody thing, and aren't entitled to anything from the roadmap.
and notice how the articles goes:
1) israel did something to help the roadmap along, but not enough
2) israel is obligated to do stuff for the roadmap, and this little step is along those lines, but definitely not enough
3) the roadmap has been stalled for a while.
THEY MAKE IT LOOK LIKE ISRAEL IS BLOCKING THE ROADMAP
They always do this. they find some organisation saying something, say it, then cite the Israeli Government contradicting it, and don't support the Israeli government's contradiction in any way. why? to make the Government of Israel look like a bunch of habitual liars.
and, btw, 20 outposts dismantled? sounds to me like israel is taking concrete steps, even though the palestinians haven't done their part. sheesh.
sigh. on and on the whining goes. you almost get the impression the NY Times thinks Israel is the bad guy here.
the article goes on for 5 more paragraphs, and it's just more of the same. weeeeeeee