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Sunday, June 06, 2004

I missed it, but ZOA didn't

ZOA and Women in Green have "issues" with recent Bush remarks
Arutz Sheva: . . . Speaking at the U.S. Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony four days ago, President Bush described his Road Map plan as "the most reliable guide to ending the occupation that began in 1967."

The Zionist Organization of America has requested the White House "clarify" these remarks, in light of their apparent contradiction of the promise Bush recently made to Prime Minister Sharon. Bush promised Sharon, in a widely publicized letter two months ago, that "it is unrealistic to expect... a full and complete return" by Israel to the pre-1967 borders.
The ZOA points out that the claim that there is still an Israeli 'occupation' of the Palestinian Arabs is a myth. Those parts of Judea-Samaria-Gaza where 98.5% of the Palestinian Arabs reside are under the rule of the Palestinian Authority, not Israel. The Israelis withdrew from those areas during 1994-1997. The PA currently rules more than 80% of the Gaza Strip and more than 40% of the Judea-Samaria territories. Those parts of Judea-Samaria that Israel still controls should be characterized as disputed, not occupied. No other country has a valid legal claim to the area, and even Jordan, which illegally occupied it from 1949-1967, publicly relinquished its claim in a speech by King Hussein back in 1988. Moreover, Israel's legal, historical, and religious claim to those areas is far stronger than the claims of the Palestinian Arabs or any other party.
Women in Green's Ruth Matar has other issues with Bush's recent remarks mentioning a Jewish occupation of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. "How can Jews 'occupy' their own Land . . . ?" Matar asks.