Friday, May 3, 2013

Land swaps in Israel/Palestine (and a bridge for sale in Brooklyn)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani speak to the media following a meeting with members of the Arab League. (Photo: Reuters)
Marc H. Ellis (Mondoweiss)
" Like selling vacation property in Florida when I was a child - that turned out to be swampland. Or in New York City offering to sell unsuspecting immigrants the Brooklyn Bridge.
Swapping land in Israel/Palestine, where Israeli settlements stay in place and Palestinians receive land Israel doesn’t want, is a scam.
So why have a ceremonial presentation in Washington heralding the plan that has nowhere to go?
Perhaps it’s a reaffirmation of President Obama’s self-declared lame duck status in the Middle East. Or another brick in his library-in-waiting."

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