Russian president calls for Israeli freeze
by MainStreet, Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 09:04:33 AM EST
Yesterday, Dmitry Medvedev did what President Obama dare not do: back a Palestinian state including the claim to East Jerusalem, and did so right in Israel's backyard, the West Bank.
Well, at least the Russians are not intimidated by Netanyahu as is Obama, and Clinton before him.
JERICHO, West Bank — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave a political boost to the Palestinians on Tuesday, backing their claim to east Jerusalem as a capital and their demand that Israel must freeze all settlement construction before peace talks can resume.
Medvedev delivered the supportive message during his first visit as president to the Palestinian areas, at a time of corrosive deadlock in U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts. While practically on Israel's doorstep, he did not visit Israel because of a strike by Israeli diplomats.
The Palestinians, who say they are ready for independence, hailed the visit as a chance to showcase their progress toward building their state.
In the meantime, Ehud Barak, heretofore leader of the Labor Party of Israel, showed his right wing stripes by resigning his position on the same day as Medvedev's West Bank visit. He is now free to be as right wing as he has always been and Washington can stop being deceived by listening to him.
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