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    Massachusetts democrats in turmoil over condemning West Bank settlements

    The Massachusetts Democratic Party has been plunged into turmoil by a proposed resolution stating that Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank are an obstacle to peace between Israel and Palestine, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

    Carol Coakley of Millis, Mass., proposed the resolution that reads in part: "the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee affirm our support for the long-standing U.S. policy of the State Department and every administration from President Lyndon Johnson to President Barack Obama, that Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank are obstacles to peace." And while multiple U.S. presidential administrations, global leaders, and the United Nations have also repeatedly stated that Israel's West Bank settlements are an obstacle to peace in the region, some Massachusetts Democrats are attempting to derail Coakley's resolution before it heads to the full Democratic State Committee next week.

    Steve] Grossman, the former chairman of both the state and national Democratic parties, as well the one-time head of the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said the resolution, if successful, could gravely damage Democrats politically. He said it feeds a "one-sided blame game," which is playing out across college campuses and in pockets of the "progressive wing of the Democratic Party," and would send a disturbing message to many Democratic activists.

    The Democratic State Committee cannot afford such a divisive and ill-advised resolution at a time when our party needs to unite to protect the values and commitments we hold dear," wrote James Segel, a former state representative and aide to Barney Frank, in a letter. "If adopted it is almost certain to spark a bitter, very public, and entirely unnecessary debate that would seriously undermine party unity and alienate many of our core supporters.

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    What the hell does a state have any say in the matter?

    And as to the settlements, they do hinder peace. THey are assholes and bullies just as much as the palestinians, even worse because they have the wealth and power to do whatever the hell they want with no ramification and a bunch of ridiculous people that blindly defend them no matter what

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    That is like saying Israel's existence hinders peace - which is certainly what the Palestinians say, including but not limited to Hamas and the PA, and their supporters. The claim is absurd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    That is like saying Israel's existence hinders peace - which is certainly what the Palestinians say, including but not limited to Hamas and the PA, and their supporters. The claim is absurd.
    I agree that the settlements are an obstacle to peace. They're not the only obstacle to peace - not by a long shot. As you correctly point out, the Palestinian governments consider the permanent existence of Israel as a non-starter for any peace discussions, and that's admittedly an even bigger obstacle to peace than the settlements. But it cannot be denied that the settlements unnecessarily complicate the situation by giving Palestinians (and the world) a convenient way to rationalize anti-Israel sentiments.

    If there were no settlements, and Israel was throwing peace treaties at the Palestinians as fast as they could reject them, the world community would then pay more attention to the unreasonable Palestinian demand for Israel's dissolution.

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