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November 10, 2009
November 10, 2009: Something happening here... 

For What it's Worth

Buffalo Springfield, 1967

There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
 
It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
 
We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

Stop, now, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down



From
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“Tear down this wall”
in the Holy Land


“Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has reached a secret understanding with the Obama administration over U.S. recognition of an independent Palestinian state” within the 1967 borders, according to a Nov. 8, 2009 article published in Israel’s daily Haaretz, which cited a “classified, unreleased” portion of the Fayyad plan to bolster Palestinian institutions. The Arab League, major European countries and the United Nations Security Council would also recognize this unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence. (For more information see www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1126594.html.)


We urge President Barack Obama to recognize an independent Palestinian state as soon as possible and send a long-awaited message in front of the Rafah Gate to end the crippling siege of Gaza.


Today, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, on Nov. 9, 1989, we recall President Ronald Reagan’s address at the Brandenburg Gate (see below) and yearn for a similar address in the near future by President Barack Obama (see below Reagan’s speech) as he announces U.S. support for the new Palestinian state.


President Harry Truman recognized Israel just minutes after the new nation was proclaimed on May 14, 1948.  It may take nearly 62 years to do the same for Palestine, but it is not too late. In fact, more than 20 years ago, on November 15, 1988, the Palestinian Liberation Organization issued a Declaration of Independence and proclaimed Palestinian statehood, which has been recognized by 100 countries.  We call on President Obama to recognize an independent Palestinian state.


Behind me stands a wall that encircles the free sectors of this city, part of a vast system of barriers that divides the entire continent of Europe….Standing before the Brandenburg Gate, every man is a German, separated from his fellow men. Every man is a Berliner, forced to look upon a scar…. As long as this gate is closed, as long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the German question alone that remains open, but the question of freedom for all mankind….


    General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate.
    Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate!
    Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
—Ronald Reagan, address at the Brandenburg Gate, June 12, 1987


Behind me stands a wall that encircles the city of Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, part of a vast system of barriers and roads that divides the Holy Land…. Standing before the Rafah Crossing, every man is a Palestinian, separated from his fellow men. Every man is a Gazan, forced to look upon a scar…. As long as this gate is closed, as long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the Palestinian question alone that remains open, but the question of freedom for all mankind…

     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for Israelis, Palestinians and Arabs, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate.
    Mr. Netanyahu, open this gate!
    Mr. Netanyahu, tear down this wall!
—Barack Obama, an address we wish would happen at the Rafah Border Crossing, November 15, 2009



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The BBC Reports:

 US and Israeli leaders hold talks

President Barack Obama has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House as the US struggles to revive the Middle East peace process.

The talks in Washington came amid heightened tension over Mr Netanyahu's refusal to freeze settlement building in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Washington says the meeting was unusual.

There were no photos, no press calls, and none of the public warmth Israeli leaders usually get from US presidents.

It was only Mr Netanayahu's second visit to the White House since President Obama took office nine months ago.

Our correspondent says the pair talked for almost two hours, but rather unusually very little has emerged about what was discussed beyond a bland statement issued by the White House.

“ I say today to [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas... let us seize the moment to reach a historic agreement ”-Benjamin Netanyahu Israeli Prime Minister

"The president reaffirmed our strong commitment to Israel's security, and discussed security co-operation on a range of issues. The president and prime minister also discussed Iran and how to move forward on Middle East peace," it said.

Our correspondent says the alliance between the two countries is still undoubtedly solid, but the Obama administration is frustrated that its peace efforts in the Middle East are going nowhere, so the president wanted to make sure his meeting with Mr Netanyahu did not appear as support for the Israeli leader's stance.

Settlement activities

Ahead of the White House talks, Mr Netanyahu told a forum of US Jewish leaders in Washington that he was ready for an agreement.

"I say today to [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas... let us seize the moment to reach a historic agreement. Let us begin talks immediately."

He said his goal was a "permanent peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians - and soon".

“[Mr Abbas] really doesn't think there is a need to be president or to have a [Palestinian] Authority ”
Saeb Erekat Chief Palestinian negotiator

But he added that "no Israeli government has been so willing to restrain settlement activities as part of our efforts to relaunch peace talks".

The Obama administration has made Israeli-Palestinian peace talks the cornerstone of its Middle East policy.

The Palestinians say the suspension of settlement construction in the occupied West Bank is a precondition for a renewal of talks, but Washington has recently dropped its calls for a total halt to settlement activity.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently angered Arab leaders when she praised Mr Netanyahu's offer of a limited easing of settlement building as "unprecedented".

President Abbas has announced on Thursday that he would not seek re-election in January because of the impasse in peace negotiations.

Palestinian officials have begun warning of the possible collapse of the Palestinian Authority.

The chief Palestinian peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, told the New York Times on Tuesday that Mr Abbas was "realising that he came all this way with the peace process in order to create a Palestinian state, but he sees no state coming".

"So he really doesn't think there is a need to be president or to have an Authority. This is not about who is going to replace him. This is about our leaving our posts. You think anybody will stay after he leaves?" he asked.

Mr Abbas's announcement has been interpreted by many in the region as a way to pressure the US to push Israel harder.

They believe elections may not take place as scheduled because of the division between Mr Abbas's Fatah faction and the Islamist movement, Hamas, which has said it will prevent a vote in Gaza.

Story from BBC NEWS:
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Published: 2009/11/10 09:19:50 GMT

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