imo the vetoes should be abolished and let each nation stand on it's own two feet. It's disgraceful what Israel has got away with due to US protection. It's also understandable when you consider that the US Senate is owned by Zionist dollars to the detriment of US foreign policy.israel doesn't need to abide by UN resolutions when it has the united states to hold its hand.
anyone who read that gideon levy interview i posted up on page 6 (which is an incredible read by the way) will have seen the bit where levy describes bibi natanyahu being caught on tape boasting about how he managed to capsize the oslo accords, by refusing to participate any further unless a clause was inserted saying that israel wouldn't have to retreat from certain specified "military locations".
as levy goes on to say, if netanyahu didn't want that peace process to succeed, why would he be arsed about this one?
and that lays it all bare. israel's leadership is not interested in peace or an equitable solution with the palestinians. instead, it wants extra land and water, in order to cater for all the twats arriving in their droves from brooklyn and russia.
Levy is one of the few sane voices coming out of Israel these days and he's not afraid to tell it like it is. For his trouble he has death threats on a daily basis, is abused and called "a self- hating Jew" and a traitor.
It's obvious that Netanyahu doesn't want peace. Peace means a drop in funding for "security", no more land stolen and no more insidious ethnic cleansing. There is also the little matter of huge gas reserves in Gazan waters, hence the Israeli control of these waters, where Gazan fishermen are now not allowed to make a living and get shot if they go out in their little fishing boats.
It also means that those "supporters" of Israel who are developing parts of the Occupied Territories will lose any monies already invested in building projects and the local councils and politicians will be without their Thank you envelopes.
An interesting report about settlements and how they are sanctioned and finance by the Israeli government and supporters. and one of the main reasons that I'm not optimistc about any successful outcome to this round of talks. Too many people with too much to lose.
USATODAY.com - No one knows full cost of Israel's settlement ambitions