Settlements

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Stealing someone else’s land……

“No country in the world accepts dictates from other countries about where it is allowed to build and where not.” Housing Minister Uri Ariel, quoted in Settlement push on eve of peace talks, New York Times 13 August 2013

“Israel must persuade its Arab neighbours and the world community that Israel has no expansionist designs on their territory.” – Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969

“As a matter of policy, we do not provide assistance to the Israeli government for projects in the occupied territories.” – Richard Nixon, 1969-1974

“This matter of settlements in the occupied territories has always been characterized by our government, by me and my predecessors, as an illegal action.” – Gerald Ford, 1974-1977

“We consider these settlements to be contrary to the Geneva Convention, that occupied territories should not be changed by the establishment of permanent settlements by the occupying power.” – Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981

“Indeed, the immediate adoption of a settlement freeze by Israel, more than any other action, could create the confidence needed for wider participation in these talks.” – Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989

“My position is that the foreign policy of the United States says we do not believe there should be new settlements in the West Bank or in East Jerusalem. And I will conduct that policy as if it’s firm.” – George H.W. Bush, 1989-1993

“Because Israel believes when it comes right down to it America is the only big country that cares whether they live or die. That’s why I can say, give up the West Bank. – Bill Clinton, 1993-2001

“Consistent with the Mitchell plan, Israeli settlement activity in occupied territories must stop, and the occupation must end.” – George W. Bush, 2001-2009

“For more than 4 decades, Israeli settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967 has undermined Israel’s security and corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region.” – Barack Obama, 2009 –