Thursday, December 13, 2007

Annapolis: The morning after

by Adel Safty from The Gulf News (UAE)

As delegates at the Annapolis meeting listened politely, Bush repeated his support for the Israeli position. He called on Israel to evacuate the "illegal West Bank settlement outposts" sidestepping the fact that all West Bank colonies - not just the outposts - are illegal. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal elegantly expressed the Arab position on another core issue: the right of return of the Palestinian refugees: "I mean, here's an issue where people not from Palestine come to Palestine, occupied land in Palestine that happened to have people living there, and now they want to consider these people illegal in a purely Jewish homeland. Why?" Prince Saud said. "If you come to a neighbourhood by your choice, you have to live with the people in the neighbourhood."

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