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The failure of Hamas to recognise the right of Israel to exist as a Zionist state is touted by supporters of Israel to be the real reason that peace has not been found with regards to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Yet few if any realise that the Likud Party charter, the party of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, commits Israel to the continued expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank as a matter of principle. How is it that Netanyahu can be considered to be genuine in his attempts to negotiate with the Palestinians when the charter of his own political party denies the concept of the RIGHT of Palestinians to a state of their own with safe and secure borders? Anyone reading the charter of the Likud party will find no evidence of a desire for Likud to recognise the existence of a Palestinian state as a RIGHT of the Palestinian people just as much as anyone reading the Hamas charter will see that Hamas has not time for a Zionist state.

Hamas’ lack of recognition of the right to exist of Israel as a Zionist state is deemed evidence of Palestinian indifference towards peace negotiations but the Likud’ party can reject such a right for the Palestinians while pretending to be honestly seeking peace. This double standard is clear for everyone to see for themselves. Why is it that Israel does not need to recognise Palestinians rights while Palestinians must recognise Israeli rights. And this ridiculous state of affairs persists even though the Palestinians have already officially recognised Israel’s right to exist with safe and secure borders some twenty years ago. Israel has staunchly refused to reciprocate this acknowledgement, clearly showing its true expansionist intentions to anyone who truly seeks to understand the conflict.

The following post was published on Porter Speakmans blog at http://porterspeakmanjr.com/2011/11/02/504/ on November 8th 2011

Netanyahu’s “Peace” According to the Likud Party Charter

The recent Palestinian UN bid and this weeks Palestinian acceptance to UNESCO has once again put the “Peace Process” front and center. Listening to Netanyahu and the U.S. Administration, getting the Israelis and Palestinians “back to the negotiating table” is the utmost priority for a lasting peace deal.

Although Netanyahu plays the part, the details of his party platform need to be taken into account as a “peace partner” to show the reality behind the circus.

Likud Party Charter states:

a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”

b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”

c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”

d. “The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

So while Netanyahu wants no pre-conditions from the Palestinians going into “negotiations” his party charter and ideology says otherwise.

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