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“Statements of U.S. Presidents,” The Washington Post, 5/24/09

Excerpt:
“Our position on the settlements is very clear. We do not think they are legal, and they are obviously an impediment to peace.”
– President Jimmy Carter, April 12, 1980
Total settlement population: 61,500
“The immediate adoption of a settlements freeze by Israel, more than any other action, could create the confidence needed for wider participation in these talks. Further settlement activity is in no way necessary for the security of Israel.”
– President Ronald Reagan, Sept. 1, 1982
Total settlement population (1983): 106,595
“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, which it is.”
– President George H.W. Bush, March 3, 1999
Total settlement population: 227,500

This piece from Znet by Ramzy Barzoud (author and editor of Palestine Chronicle) compares Netanyahu’s visit to D.C. during the Clinton Administration to his visit last week, arguing that American rhetoric has stayed the same but the situation for Palestinians has degenerated. He also points out that the Obama’s best intentions can and probably will be undermined by cowardly Congress members afraid to have AIPAC turn on them. This makes our phone calls to Congress all the more important—and makes it equally important for us to support groups like J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace) as counterbalances to AIPAC baleful influence.

from:  http://codepink4peace.org/blog/2009/06/gaza-daily-digest/

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