Israel knows US words on Palestine empty: Paul Larudee

“It is going against what the US has said it wants; but in their experience in Israel is that the United States will not stand in the way and will do nothing to prevent this. So, why shouldn’t they go ahead; they don’t really expect anything to happen as a result.”

Press TV has conducted an interview with Paul Larudee, Free Palestine Movement, from Berkeley, about the issue of Israel building more illegal settlement units on occupied Palestinian lands at a time when the US says it wants a restart of talks between the two sides. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: Why would Israel want to go against an allies wishes i.e. the US’ wishes, for a restart of talks by building more settlements?

Larudee Well, it is going against what the US has said it wants; but in their experience in Israel is that the United States will not stand in the way and will do nothing to prevent this. So, why shouldn’t they go ahead; they don’t really expect anything to happen as a result.

Press TV: So then how do these settlement constructions, how will they affect any future talks do you think?

Larudee Well, it’s kind of a silver lining, but it’s terrible for the Palestinians, it means they are losing more land.

But it’s an opportunity to say sorry this breaks the deal and we’re cutting them off because they never should have gone to the talks in the first place and this is an excuse of getting out of them, which they desperately need.

Press TV: It’s also been said that both Israelis and Palestinians aren’t very optimistic going into these talks. What kind of an atmosphere then does that create?

Larudee It creates an atmosphere of repression where the Palestinians are under pressure to give in and the Israelis are not – this is expected.

And the purpose of the talks is not to bring peace; the purpose of the talks is to end up with a situation where the Palestinians can be blamed for not accepting the conditions that are laid down to them. And therefore it’s their fault if the talks fail.

And then Israel can do … what it’s done many times before to send its bombs and its military to do terrible things to the Palestinians and everyone will say, well it’s their own fault.

(Source / 12.08.2013)

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