Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Major Diplomatic Achievement for Israel

A Major Diplomatic Achievement -Aluf Benn

For Israel, joining the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is a major diplomatic achievement. Nothing better answers the calls for boycotting Israel than acceptance into the club of developed economies.

Israel has always sought to become a member of international organizations where the Western bloc of nations enjoys a clear advantage. Now we're in the club.

A Great Day for Israel -Sever Plocker

Israel's membership in OECD indicates that the developed world recognizes that we are an industrial, advanced country; a democratic and competitive state that shares the basic values of the wealthy West. For a state with a population of a mere 7.5 million, and which so many would like to destroy, full membership in OECD is an act with deep national and international significance.
(Ynet News)


Palestinians Reciprocate with "Slaps in the Face" -Merav Michaeli

Israel's many gestures to the Palestinians have been reciprocated by "slaps in the face," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. "We took the unilateral step of deciding on a moratorium, a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria. We recognized two states for two peoples. We removed a dramatic number of roadblocks."

"The day before Israel's acceptance by the OECD, [PA Prime Minister] Salam Fayyad approached dozens of countries with a request to sabotage that acceptance. They keep going on with their stories about war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

After all, Mahmoud Abbas himself called and asked us, pressured us to continue the military campaign and overthrow Hamas."


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