BBC Invents "Annapolis Accords"
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Zionism & Israel Center http://zionism-israel.comThe prose, which breaks a few records for redundant use of adjectives in supposedly pure news stories, is pretty straightforward. It gives you every reason to believe that an Israeli Zionist Nazi government is tearing up agreements. According to Reuters:
Israel's new ultranationalist foreign minister said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-leaning government would not be bound by U.S.-backed understandings on a Palestinian state reached in 2007....
"It has no validity," Lieberman, an ultranationalist, said in an inaugural speech at the Foreign Ministry...
A political source close to Netanyahu said the remarks reflected the position of the new leader, whose right-leaning government was sworn in Tuesday.
By now, it should be clear that we are dealing with right-leaning ultranationalists, certainly a very bad phenomenon, who apparently tear up agreements and "understandings," like certain ulternationalist right-leaning 1930s leaders.
BBC was equally positive:
Israel's new ultra-nationalist foreign minister has said it is not bound by a US-sponsored 2007 agreement to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.,,
The Annapolis accords were seen as a last-ditch attempt by the previous US administration to realise what President George W Bush called his "vision" of peace involving a two-state solution.
You can bet on one thing, for the rest of his term as ultranationist Foreign minister in the right leaning government, ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman is going to be stuck with the epithet "ultranationalist." He might as well add it on as a first name, and sign documents "U.A. Lieberman."
But I searched the Internet and my memory for a document called the "Annapolis Accords" which might be similar to, say, the "Oslo Accords." Mirabile dictu, I didn't find any such document, and neither will you. The BBC invented it, it seems. What I did find, was that during the Annapolis negotiations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority had failed to come to any agreement at all. The negotiations were supposed to have produced an agreement and a Palestinian state by the end of 2008. But the a href="http://www.zionism-israel.com/dic/Palestinian_Authority.htm">Palestinian Authority negotiators insisted on the right of return for Palestinian refugees, insisted that they wold never recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and refused to acknowledge any Israeli rights in the Old city of Jerusalem or any other part of East Jerusalem.
As the negotiations were deadlocked, Israel offered to sign an interim agreement that would lock in achievements of the negotiators, but the Palestinians refused to do so. So there are no "Annapolis Accords" and no agreement for the Israeli government to break. Here's the proof, from an Associated press story of August 31, 2008. According to the story, the Palestinians not only refused an interim agreement, but they also refused to confirm that there was any progress. "No progress" certainly means there is nothing agreed.
Palestinians reject partial peace accord offered by Israelis
August 31, 2008 at 4:24 PM EDT
JERUSALEM — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected Israel's idea of an interim peace agreement at a Sunday summit, a Palestinian negotiator said, insisting on an all-or-nothing approach that virtually ruled out an accord by a January target date....
Because of Israel's complicated political system. Mr. Olmert could still find himself in office next year, even if he resigns this month as promised. His aides said Sunday he hoped the Palestinians would sign a document outlining any agreements reached with Israel before he leaves office.....
“We want an agreement to end the (Israeli) occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,” Mr. Erekat told The Associated Press. "President Abbas told Olmert that we will not be part of an interim or shelf agreement," he said. "Either we agree on all issues, or no agreement at all." ...
Olmert spokesman Mark Regev said “significant progress had been made in the talks,” but “there are still considerable gaps between the two sides.” He would not elaborate...
Mr. Erekat refused to confirm the private views of officials on both sides that some headway has been made on setting borders between Israel and a Palestinian state.
Officials in Mr. Olmert's office said Israel has proposed giving the Palestinians all of Gaza, 93 per cent of the West Bank along with Israeli land equivalent to 5.5 per cent of the West Bank, as well as a land corridor through Israel to link the two separate territories. The Palestinians have said that offer is unacceptable.
There is the truth, which BBC remodeled. There were never any "Annapolis Accords" and the Palestinians ruled out any such interim solution.
BBC has, however, invented a new fictional entity, "Annapolis Accords," and a new non-event: The ultranationalist Israelis tore up the "Annapolis Accords."
Comment at the BBC and to Reuters.
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