Friday, February 15, 2008

Bush Flaunts US Law For the Palestinians - Again

The current occupant of the White House put in a good day's work on behalf of the Palestinians today signing two waivers that have become routine when it comes to subverting the wishes of Congress.

The first one was yet another six month waiver of a law which bans the presence of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington, D.C.

That law dates from anti-terrorist legislation dating back to the 1980’s, but has been routinely waived by Bush and Clinton since Oslo back in 1993.So once again,the United States will continue to host a terrorist organization.

The second one is more recent, and another Bush tradition. That six month waiver violates US law and postpones relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel thus remains the only country with diplomatic relations with the US that has no embassey in its capitol.

Now, George W. Bush campaigned on the promise that he would move the embassy back in 2000,when he was still trolling for Jewish and evagelical votes but once he got elected, a funny thing happened to that promise....

In less than a month after Bush entered the White House, then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell reneged on Bush’s campaign promise, citing tension and violence in the area. Powell rejected attempts to pin him down on exactly when the embassy would relocate to Jerusalem.

The new Bush administration’s National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice also stalled, saying the new administration was still committed to the move, but could not say when it would take place.

On June 12, 2001 President Bush issued the second of what would become a series of semi-annual “routine” waivers to delay the embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem.

What this does,of course is to send a message to the Arabs that the Bush Administration agrees with them that Jews have no right to sovereignity over their holy places or even the right to live in half of Jerusalem,let alone the right to having a united Jerusalem as their capitol.

Speaking of the Palestinians, in an update of a story I covered previously, a bi-partisan group of 8 US Senators,led by Chuck Schumer signed a letter to US Secretary of State Condi Rice on the proposed State Department interference with judgements against the Palestinians in US courts for the murder of American citizens said they opposed any "government interference with the victims' legal rights."

"We are concerned that as courts render judgments holding terrorists and sponsors of terrorist acts accountable," the senators wrote. "Political efforts to have our government intervene and unduly influence the courts may undermine verdicts imposed by independent arbiters."

In other words, they're asking the Bush Administration to support legally awarded compensation to victims of Palestinian terrorism instead of supporting the terrorists.

The Bush Administrationhas until the end of February to make up its mind.

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