Secretary Kerry, you're mistaken and ill-advised

Letter sent by Ambassador Baker to Secretary Kerry, November 08, 2013

After listening to you declare repeatedly over the past weeks that "Israel's settlements are illegitimate", I respectfully wish to state, unequivocally, that you are mistaken and ill advised, both in law and in fact.

Fact Checking Judea and Samaria Settlements

“Israel Hayom”, http://bit.ly/VnS0TS, December 07, 2012

The 1.6MN Arabs, among 6MN Jews, within pre-1967 Israel do not constitute an obstacle to peace; nor do the 350,000 Jews, among 1.7MN Arabs, in Judea and Samaria.

Reinvigorating the Discussion of Israel’s Legal Rights in Judea & Samaria

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 176, July 31, 2012

Israel’s peace agreement with Jordan constitutes a second reason for questioning the de jure application of the laws of belligerent occupation to the West Bank.

Settlements Freeze – an Obstacle to Peace!

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=770, November 04, 2011

Abu Mazen’s September 23, 2011 UN speech and the Palestinian Authority’s education system reaffirm the fact that Jewish settlements within pre-1967 Israel – and not in Judea and Samaria (J&S) – are the root cause of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Trigerring a US Veto at the UN: Bipartisan Letter to Secretary Clinton

Congressmen Walsh (R-IL) and Crowley (D-NY), February 17, 2011

As unrest continues in the Middle East, the United States must remain steady in its unyielding support of our friend and ally, Israel.  Sadly, Israel is in a volatile region of the world where her values of self determination and democracy are under constant attack. 

Does the Freeze-Deal Make Sense?

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3987292,00.html, November 21, 2010

1.  The complex nature of Jewish construction in the Settlements.
If Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria prejudges the outcome of negotiation, wouldn't Palestinian construction in Judea and Samaria have the same effect?!
If the uprooting of Jewish communities advances peace, why would the uprooting of Arab communities undermine peace?! 
The call for uprooting Arabs is immoral; Isn't the uprooting of Jews just as immoral?! 

Polling Freeze of Construction in Settlements

Jerusalem Cloakroom #231 , December 04, 2009

According to a Dec. 3, 2009 poll of Israeli Jewish eligible voters, conducted by Prof. Yitzhak Katz' "Ma'agar Mochot" - Research and Interdisciplinary Consultancy Institute, commissioned by IMRA:

 

1.  Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to freeze Jewish construction in Judea & Samaria, for ten months, is a result of his inability to withstand US pressure – 72%.

Freeze of Jewish Construction in Judea & Samaria: Peace or appeasement?

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3812533,00.html, November 30, 2009

Construction freeze in Judea and Samaria based on  erroneous assumptions:      

 

1. A freeze will not soften – but will intensify - President Obama's criticism of "settlements" in particular and Israeli policy in general. For instance, Prime Minister Netanyahu's June 14, 2009 Two-State-Solution-speech triggered exacerbated pressure by Obama. Moreover, Netanyahu's willingness to exchange hundreds of Palestinian terrorists for Gilad Shalit was followed by US pressure to release more

But, Settlements Obstruct Peace…

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3732514,00.html, June 14, 2009

Prime Minister Netanyahu is wrong to assume that his June 14 speech will soften President Obama's strident criticism of "settlements" (Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria). At the same time, President Obama is wrong to consider "settlements" as an obstacle to peace. 

Gaza: An Occupied Territory or a Land of Israel?

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #170, November 19, 2004

Fact: In October 1946, Kfar Darom (in the Gaza Strip) and ten other Jewish communities were established, in order to avert the British plan of disengaging the Negev from the Jewish State.

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