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"Occupied Palestinian, Arab Land Is Real Estate Israel Won": Rumsfeld
|US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on August 6, gave away some answers why the Israeli prime minister General Ariel Sharon lobs a rocket here, send tanks there, massacres a few dozen here, sniffs out lives of a few dozen somewhere else as a daily routine in the occupied arab territories and yet Washington lifts no fingers? For the first time since Israel's emergence half a century ago there are rulers in Washington who look at the issue from a pure "Wild West won" view. Early colonialists would have applauded their latter-day avatar, Rumsfeld
The strongman of the current American regime gave away some of his thoughts when he referred to the Palestinian territories under the Israeli occupation as the "so-called occupied territories" of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and appeared to condone the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories as a right of Israel’s victory in the 1967 Middle East war.
"My feelings about the so-called occupied territories are that there was a war, Israel urged neighboring countries not to get involved in it once it started, they all jumped in, and they lost a lot of real estate to Israel because Israel prevailed in that conflict," he said in a meeting at the Pentagon.
"In the intervening period, they’ve made some settlements in various parts of the so-called occupied area, which was the result of a war, which they won," he said, referring to the 1967 Middle East war which was a “pre-emptive strike” by Israel’s own confession.
"The settlement issues – it’s hard to know whether they’re settlements in portions of the real estate that will end up with (a Palestinian entity) or Israel. So it seems to me focusing on settlements at the present time misses the point," Rumsfeld said.
The administration hawk dismissed Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and said there was "no question that the Palestinian Authority has been involved with terrorist activities. So that makes it a difficult interlocutor."
"Israel has been trying to interact with and ...have, for whatever reason," not found "an effective interlocutor," added the defense secretary, who is regarded as one of the U.S. officials who has pushed for Arafat to be sidelined from power.
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