Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Presidential spokesman says Netanyahu not ready to achieve peace


There are now 350,000 Israelis living in settlements across the West Bank with an air of permanence.

Syria and Iraq also joined the war, targeting Haifa's oil refineries and Jewish communities beneath the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights.

In less than a week, the Mideast suddenly looked very different. It remains one of Israel's dominance of the region, to the cost of Palestinians.

Explaining his decision to postpone the realization of a major campaign promise, the White House said the president acted "to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians". On June 7, in a crushing counter-attack, Israeli forces drove Jordanian forces out of East Jerusalem and most of the West Bank. He referred to the news Monday morning that leading Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over the emirate's support for terrorism.

Others are lamenting the day, as they view the occupation not only as a gross violation of Palestinian human rights, but a real menace to Israel's democratic nature and Jewish national character.

The outcome of the Six-Day War was a turning point for Palestinians as Israel took over the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza after defeating Syria, Jordan, and Egypt in the Arab-Israeli war of June 1967.

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Michael Oren, an Israeli government official who raised the ideas in Washington, said fundamental change would have to wait for peace talks. However, the Netanyahu government is dominated by hardline nationalist and religious parties which are opposed to a Palestinian state and insist on Israel's right to colonise all the territory it holds. "I heard the older people saying that the Jews are killing all men, so all the men left" for the interior of Jordan, he said.

But Clinton did entrench the U.S.as the main broker.

And as we mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 occupation, settlement and dispossession continue hand in hand, following a consistent pattern for about 100 years: people replacement - the replacement of Palestinians by Jews.

Diana Buttu, a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer and former adviser to the negotiating committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, says Israeli settlers are intent on preventing a Palestinian state.

Arafat died two years later, but negotiations didn't get easier.

For me, it is because I have faith that we will succeed in bringing about justice without creating injustice, in securing equality for all, and in achieving freedom.

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All of these Palestinians with their determination, creativity - and steadfastness - will shape the future.

A spokesman for Palestinian prisoners said that 277 freed prisoners in the Gaza Strip, most of whom are aligned with the Islamist Hamas group that runs the coastal enclave, were surprised to find their May stipends had not been paid. After his confident prediction before his Mideast trip, he struck a more cautious note when he was in Jerusalem last month.

Ismail, however, recalled one incident in which his mother became angry when she heard an Israeli soldier make a derogatory comment about the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. You've got an enemy, and he says he's going to throw you to the sea.

Fifty years have passed since the Six Day War, and we are still sorting it out.

Greg Myre was based in Jerusalem from 1999-2007 and is the co-author of This Burning Land, on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Six-Day War, also known as the June War or the 1967 War or the third of the Arab-Israeli Wars, was a brief but decisive clash that redrew the map of the Middle East. June 5, 2017, marks the 50 anniversary of the war when Israel routed the armies of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in less than a week, despite being outnumbered almost three-to-one in men, planes and tanks.

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