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Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, currently leading Israel’s negotiations with the Palestinians, has been wailing and gnashing her teeth, prophesying doom and gloom and generally whining like a Pommy cricket fan on Israel’s Channel 2 TV news:
“The world does not understand the settlements,” Livni said in a Channel 2 TV news interview. “The peace negotiations are the wall stopping the wave [of international boycott pressure]. If there is a crisis [in the talks, that wave] will crash through.”
Asked whether Israel would face the same kind of isolation as South Africa did, she replied, “Yes.” Because of the dangers, Livni said: “I’m screaming, ‘Wake Up!’”
Tzipi Livni is a “Justice Minister”. The main reason why “settlements” are misunderstood by the world is because Israelis like her have not fought back against the lies about them.
Israel was too late and too weak in challenging the “illegal settlement” meme that is propagated so well by those who hate us and our enemies.
If Julie Bishop, the foreign minister of Australia, can figure out that the settlements are clearly not illegal why can’t Israel’s own Justice Minister say that?
Asked whether she agrees or disagrees with the near-universal view that Israeli settlements anywhere beyond the 1967 lines are illegal under international law, she replied: “I would like to see which international law has declared them illegal.”
The world has been taught to regard Jews building homes in Judea and Samaria as “illegal” because Israeli has never put up a determined and coherent external face to the world.
To quote Israellycool contributor and native American, Ryan Bellerose:
Disputed lands are not occupied lands, and when discussing indigenous lands, calling the returned indigenous people “settlers” is really offensive.
There is a way to make your internal views about Jews living in the Jewish heartland felt, but without parroting and accepting the lies of Palestinianization that seeks to subsume and replace Jewish history with some made up, false national identity. People like Livni have helped propagate the lie of the “Palestinian nationality” and nation. She may not have been the worst, but she’s batting for the wrong side with statements like these.
Apartheid in South Africa was a fundamentally flawed and inequitable legal system. Israel’s failure to annex land re-claimed legitimately following a failed aggressive war of conquest against us bears no resemblance to South African inequity.
The only way the two can be related is by malicious haters of Israel drawing false comparisons and willing idiots such as Livni not fighting back.