Ackerman praises West Bank settlements moratorium
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), the chairman of the House subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, has praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that he would undertake a ten month freeze of new settlement construction in the West Bank.And if not, Gary, no more cajoling, pleading or other forms of obsequious behavior.
“The temporary restrictions that Israel is adopting—purely as a matter of good faith—should be recognized by Palestinian leaders as an opportunity to reengage with the Israeli government in negotiations on an agreement that will finally put the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians to rest," Ackerman said in a statement. "I hope the Palestinian leadership and Israel’s Arab neighbors seize this opportunity. I fear, given past patterns and practices, that they will be tempted to again make the perfect the enemy of the good, and in doing so, diminish the hope on all sides that peace is possible...What is needed is for the Prime Minister’s courage to be matched by a willingness among all the parties to move ahead to negotiate the most difficult and challenging issues that stand in the way of a final peace agreement...".
We proceed to implement the international decision, lawfully, legally and legitimately adopted in 1923 to reconstitute the Jewish National Home between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, at the least, with full rights of close settlement on the land.