Friday, June 20, 2003

Netanyahu says Iraq-Israel oil line not pipe-dream

Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expects an oil pipeline from Iraq to Israel to be reopened in the near future after being closed when Israel became a state in 1948.

"It won't be long when you will see Iraqi oil flowing to Haifa," the port city in Northern Israel, Netanyahu told a group of British investors,
declining to give a timetable.

"It is just a matter of time until the pipleline is reconstituted and Iraqi oil will flow to the Mediterranean."

Netanyahu is very talkative this week.

Netanyahu: Blair agrees a cease-fire is not sufficient

Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after meeting Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday that Britain sees eye-to-eye with Israel on the cease-fire with Palestinian organizations.

"Blair agreed that a hudna (temporary cease-fire) was not acceptable as sufficient for advancing the peace process with the Palestinians. He expects Abu Mazen to fight the terror organizations firmly and ruthlessly," Netanyahu said.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw also attended the meeting. Straw told Netanyahu he had asked German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer to help persuade the European Union to include Hamas' political wing on the list of terrorist organizations, Netanyahu said. France had objected to doing this.

They are dealing with people fighting for survival. People who when confronted with the occupation of their land resort to vandalism, violence.

Threats such as this one. Aren't they?

"This is our land, our home," he said. "Tomorrow we will be here again on this hill or on other hills."

But we won't hear Blair or Powell ever label the outpost settlers as terrorists or 'enemies of the peace'.

Sara Roy has a well-informed opinion why labeling Hamas terrorists won't end the violence.

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