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Bush Tells Press: “Israel Must Withdraw from Settlements”
Arutz 7 ^ | Mar 16, '05 | staff

Posted on 03/15/2005 7:02:44 PM PST by Nachum

U.S. President George W. Bush reveals his true vision for the future of Israel: Removal of Jewish communities to make room for a contiguous PLO state in Judea and Samaria.

Bush's statement was made at a press conference with Jordan's King Hussein at his side.

Bush called on Israel to “sacrifice, meaning that Israel must withdraw from the settlements, there must be contiguous territory for a Palestinian state – into which a Palestinian state can grow.”

Inasmuch as the Sharon government is adopting the Bush vision for the Middle East, the current plan for expelling Jewish residents from Gaza and Northern Samaria can only be seen as the first-step in a more large-scale expulsion and demolition process that may soon encompass tens of thousands of Jewish residents living in dozens of towns and villages in Judea and Samaria.

Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has hinted repeatedly at the government’s true intentions by actually referring to the Gaza expulsions as the first phase of a broader initiative to comply with Bush’s road map for establishing a Palestinian state.

The controversial Sasson report and the soon to be released Spiegel report, damning the settlement drive as an illegal effort driven by uncontrolled government clerks usurping state authority, were designed to whip up public antagonism toward Yesha communities and provide a legal basis for tearing them down.

Both reports were commissioned at the behest of U.S. ambassador, Dan Kurtzer, acting as if the Bush Administration has started to exercise de facto sovereignty over the policies of the Jewish State.

In this context, White House spokesman Scott McClellan’s contention that Bush was referring only to Jewish towns slated for removal under Sharon’s disengagement plan, sounds like a exercise in damage control typical when a president finally says what he means.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; from; israel; must; press; settlements; tells; withdraw

1 posted on 03/15/2005 7:02:45 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum
with Jordan's King Hussein at his side.

They dug him up?

2 posted on 03/15/2005 7:15:09 PM PST by denydenydeny
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To: Nachum

It probably doesn't matter what geographic shape "Palestine" turn out to be---the PA will turn their area into rubble, weapon-smuggling tunnels, and bomb-making factories in short time.

I haven't read of any industry thinking of investing in "The New Palestine".


3 posted on 03/15/2005 7:17:56 PM PST by jolie560
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To: Nachum

And what have the Palestinains given up? Have they decided to live in peace? Well no. Have they agreed to a wall, so Israel could live in peace? Well no. Have they notified the U.N. that they will accept an unconditional peace with Israel? Well no. Have they stopped trying to demonize Israel? Well no.

I am so fricken tired of everyone from Bush on down making demands on Israel, and not one demand on the Palestinians.

If Israel can block all attempts at killing it's people, that is considered a ceasefire and demands once again rain on Israel.

To H with those who keep demanding Israel do this and Israel do that, in the face of terrorism that has lasted for fifty-five years. Israel knows what it's like to face terrorism on a level we've seldom seen, and yet we side with the Palestinians more often than not in their demands.

How would we feel if Israel made crackpot demands on us to go PC on the insurgents in Iraq, or with Osama Bin Laden?

There are times when the Bush admiistration just loses touch with reality. Israel and our own borders are the two topics that elicit actions or inactions that are dumbfounding in their simplicity and ignorance.


4 posted on 03/15/2005 7:31:17 PM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: Nachum
Bush called on Israel to “sacrifice, meaning that Israel must withdraw from the settlements, there must be contiguous territory for a Palestinian state – into which a Palestinian state can grow.”

With Hussein by his side: "meaning that..."

Court tennis.

5 posted on 03/15/2005 7:52:15 PM PST by bvw
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To: DoughtyOne
I couldn't agree more. And who is to say once the Israel people leave these settlements, that the PA will take more and more and more...this just isn't right, the PA will have to give up alot more than the Isrealies have, stop and think about it, the Jewish people have given and given and lost and lost....
6 posted on 03/15/2005 8:07:06 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (Prayers ease the heavy burdens of the living....)
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To: DoughtyOne; Happy2BMe

I wish they would not divide the land of Israel. But it's going to happen. I'm sure of that. (Joel 3:2, 12)


7 posted on 03/15/2005 8:16:51 PM PST by F15Eagle (If FReepers FReeped like Imam's fatwa'd against their own, there'd be 1 post on FR every 5 to 10 yrs)
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To: Nachum

We are supposed to take your word for this? Where's the verbatim commentary?Against the PLO record of wanton atrocities? We are calling for "sacrifice"?
Dream on.


8 posted on 03/15/2005 8:45:11 PM PST by CBart95
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To: Nachum

Makes my blood boil that Bush of ALL people would be saying that.

Let's pray it's just to make it look like he's not taking sides - and he knows the "Palestinians" will screw up before anything ever happens.

G-d help Israel if Bush isn't even on their side.


9 posted on 03/15/2005 8:47:05 PM PST by Eireann go Brach
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To: Eireann go Brach
G-d help Israel if Bush isn't even on their side.

One has to wonder.

10 posted on 03/15/2005 8:54:43 PM PST by Nachum ( "Let everyone get a move on and take some hilltops! Whatever we take, will be ours- Ariel Sharon)
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To: denydenydeny

I guess so.


11 posted on 03/15/2005 11:59:37 PM PST by texasflower ("America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one." President George W. Bush 01/20/05)
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To: Nachum; DoughtyOne; Salem; SJackson; Alouette; IAF ThunderPilot; sheik yerbouty; SirLurkedalot; ...

The words I want to use for this policy of Bush are ones I cannot use in a public forum! Disgusted is about the best I can come up with that can be posted here. If this is what a President who claims to be a "friend", does to Israel, I hate to think of what that carpetbagger Kerry would have thought up. Bush is a "friend" of Israel the way Chamberlain and Deladier were "friends" of Czechoslovakia in 1938. I'm ashamed of my government's appeasement.


12 posted on 03/16/2005 5:17:41 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: Convert from ECUSA

Keep in mind that trhe palesites must hold up their end of the 'agreement". It is not in their feral nature to do so.


13 posted on 03/16/2005 7:02:32 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

As as frequently the case when it comes to Israel, pandering to terrorists is the best course.

White House: Hamas members elected in PA not terrorists

White House: "the settlements" = Sharon's withdrawal plan and unauthorized outpost

[IMRA: It should be noted that the road map calls for: "GOI immediately dismantles settlement outposts erected since March 2001."

www.knesset.gov.il/process/docs/roadmap_eng.htm ]
Press Briefing by Scott McClellan
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/03/20050315-5.html

Q Scott, an apology if this has been covered already, but one of the President's comments today with the King of Jordan has made a bit of a splash in Israel. It's a comment, "Israel must withdraw from the settlements," not specifying which ones and where. Did the President really mean all settlements?

MR. McCLELLAN: I thank you for bringing that up. What the President was referring to was the withdrawal plan that is being pursued by Prime Minister Sharon, as well as the unauthorized outpost, which the road map calls for Israel to remove. So that's what he was referring to, what our position is.

14 posted on 03/16/2005 7:38:25 AM PST by SJackson (Be careful -- with quotations, you can damn anything, Andre Malraux)
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To: Nachum
In this context, White House spokesman Scott McClellan’s contention that Bush was referring only to Jewish towns slated for removal under Sharon’s disengagement plan, sounds like a exercise in damage control typical when a president finally says what he means.

The Spin.

This is why I take Arutz Sheva with a grain of salt.

15 posted on 03/16/2005 7:48:27 AM PST by dervish (Nihilism is dead)
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To: Nachum

Get real GW. You want Israel destroyed?


16 posted on 03/16/2005 7:53:52 AM PST by dennisw (Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity)
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To: Convert from ECUSA
Zec 2.7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest [with] the daughter of Babylon.


Zec 2:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.


Zec 2:9 For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.

You know the apple of his eye is a pun in Hebrew don't you, It also means the iris of the eye. I suspect this is the prophecy that Israel cannot trust America, that their trust should be in the LORD directly. It is also a promise that the Nations that mess with Israel, will pay dearly, no matter who they are.

17 posted on 03/16/2005 10:30:12 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Expecting those carpetbaggers on the enemy side of Israel's borders to keep their part of the "agreement" is like expecting a snake to grow legs and run the marathon at the Olympics!


18 posted on 03/16/2005 10:37:18 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: American in Israel

Yes, I've heard that it is a pun, someone explained it to me a while back. Your interpretation of Zechariah is right on the money, exactly right. I fear that our foolish government is going to try to shaft Israel one time too many and end up being confronted in some manner by the Lord. Bush's "evangelical christianity" has no credibility with me due to all this hooie about Israel having to give up land and permit a "contiguous" PA state. I voted for a third party in the last election, and with this stuff going on, I'm glad I did. I wasn't in a battleground state, so I felt in conscience I could vote third party. I know this, Kerry would be even worse. I hate to think of what that no-count Catholic-in-name-only carpetbagger would have cooked up.


19 posted on 03/16/2005 10:42:29 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: HarleyLady27

Damn. Israel has never murdered innocent children to create newspaper stories for the United States. Jews have been victimized for ages and now with Bush II the victimization continues. How would George like it if we decided to put the Mexican border on his beloved ranch? And have illegals trampling through his property day after day? He totally lacks empathy no matter how easily he cries at state funerals.


20 posted on 03/16/2005 10:46:22 AM PST by The Westerner
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To: Convert from ECUSA

The whole point is that they are too vile to stick to the parameters of any agreement. Think about it!


21 posted on 03/16/2005 10:46:27 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: Convert from ECUSA; Nachum; Eireann go Brach

I have taken some heat on Free Republic for my opinion that President Bush was NEVER on Israel's side. I have doubted whether or not he is a friend of Israel from the beginning.

When President Bush and Prime Minister Sharon were both new in their respective offices the Prime Minister came to the U.S. to visit the President. Israel's English language press ran with the headline "Bushwhacked!" to describe the visit. The Prime Minister warned the President that Israel was not Czechoslovakia in 1938 and would not be sold out. The White House commented as one might expect and relations between Israel and the U.S. were positively icy.

Then 9/11 happened, the two nations found common cause, and all was forgiven and forgotten.

It seems in his second term President Bush has returned to his original policy towards Israel.


22 posted on 03/16/2005 10:56:38 AM PST by anotherview ("Ignorance is the choice not to know" -Klaus Schulze)
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To: Convert from ECUSA

Please take a good long look at Senator Kerry's record vis a vis Israel over the past 20 years. I may disagree with the liberal Massachussets Senator on more issues than Carter has little pills but he has been consistent in one thing: his extremely strong support for Israel. On this one, and only this one issue, I honestly believe Kerry would have been much better.

Was that enough reason to vote for Kerry? For most American conservatives the answer is clearly no. I am not saying he should have been elected. I am saying he would have been better for Israel.


23 posted on 03/16/2005 10:59:47 AM PST by anotherview ("Ignorance is the choice not to know" -Klaus Schulze)
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To: anotherview

Dubya has returned to the anti-Israel policy of his daddy and that nasty James Baker, who'd screw over his dying grandmother if it would benefit him.


24 posted on 03/16/2005 11:12:40 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: anotherview
After he was elected, Bush slowly changed his rheteric. My suspicions grew every day as I heard him sound more and more like his father. Leave us say, I am angry.

Having said that, my livelyhood is directly tied to the type of conservative economics that the Republicans favor. If I knew then what I know now, I would have had a very difficult time voting for Bush.

There is another thought though. Who is to say that the pressures of the Presidency wouldn't have forced Kerry to sound exactly like Bush does right now? Kerry is wobbler and moves which ever way the political winds blow.

Jewish prophecy says that in the days before the coming of Moshiach that Israel will have no where to turn except for Hashem. It may be that this time is rapidly approaching.

25 posted on 03/16/2005 11:13:25 AM PST by Nachum ( "Let everyone get a move on and take some hilltops! Whatever we take, will be ours- Ariel Sharon)
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To: The Westerner

What are you trying to say? I said its NOT Isreal's place to give up anything....its the PA's place, they are the ones who kill people and take things...Isreal has given up enough, its time for them to live in PEACE...


26 posted on 03/16/2005 12:42:55 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (Prayers ease the heavy burdens of the living....)
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To: denydenydeny

King Hussein Junior.


27 posted on 03/16/2005 1:08:43 PM PST by Grzegorz 246
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To: Convert from ECUSA

Doesn't Israeli government have the same opinion in this issue ?


28 posted on 03/16/2005 1:12:55 PM PST by Grzegorz 246
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To: HarleyLady27

My apologies. That wasn't directed at you, but in agreement with you.


29 posted on 03/16/2005 2:37:26 PM PST by The Westerner
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To: The Westerner

I am also sorry for not understanding your post....bad day today I guess....Have a great FREEEEPER day!!!!


30 posted on 03/16/2005 2:54:06 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (Prayers ease the heavy burdens of the living....)
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To: Nachum

If only Bush would give as much attention to our border with Mexico.


31 posted on 03/16/2005 7:09:16 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Nachum; Salem

" Jewish prophecy says that in the days before the coming of Moshiach that Israel will have no where to turn except for Hashem. It may be that this time is rapidly approaching."

Nachum, you are correct more than you know! Salem, do you have anything to add?


32 posted on 03/17/2005 4:43:14 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: onedoug

When Dubya finishes selling out Israel to the PLO/PA, he'll sell us out to Mexico.


33 posted on 03/17/2005 4:43:55 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: Nachum

That' funny, the article says Bush is the U.S. President.


34 posted on 03/17/2005 5:08:35 PM PST by sarah_f ( Know Islam, Know Terror.)
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To: Eireann go Brach
G-d help Israel America if Bush isn't even on their side.
35 posted on 03/17/2005 5:10:24 PM PST by sarah_f ( Know Islam, Know Terror.)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Keep in mind that trhe palesites must hold up their end of the 'agreement"
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Says who?

They never have in the past and they're getting their own terror state.

Since Bush judges, is their any doubt how he will rule?


36 posted on 03/17/2005 5:13:26 PM PST by sarah_f ( Know Islam, Know Terror.)
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To: Nachum

Swell,

bush is more interested in Israel's border than America's........


37 posted on 03/17/2005 5:14:09 PM PST by WhiteGuy ("a taxpayer dollar must be spent wisely, or not at all" - GW BUSH </sarcasm>)
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To: sarah_f

We shall see..


38 posted on 03/17/2005 9:00:25 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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