Saturday, October 29, 2011
The Snow that Falls Like Ash
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On Thursday, October 27, 2011, the US Ambassador to
Israel Dan Shapiro met with Interior Minister Eli Yishai to voice concerns about future Israeli building in the West Bank
and Jerusalem. Once again, the US government is attempting to put pressure on Israel to freeze construction in order to resume
Just as previous
years during the Obama administration, US calls for a freeze seems to be quickly followed by a major winter storm on the US
mainland, or more specifically, over the oldest historic regions of the US.
Shapiro stressed that if Israel chooses to suspend construction
in the West Bank settlements, Washington would then have an easier time in its attempts to hinder the Palestinian process.
In a strange sort of coincidence, if one still believes in such
things, during the very days that the epic 1978 New England blizzard that killed 100 people, injured 4,500 more and cost $520
million US dollars (or $1.75 billion dollars by today's standard) was unleashing its freezing fury3, President
Jimmy Carter was meeting with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Washington D.C., to persuade Sadat not to call off the peacemaking
process with Israel and reiterated the American position on the settlements.4 What follows is a lengthy excerpt
from the White House statement released February 8, 1978. Notice the words being used in 1978, and how eerily similar the
words being used by the Obama administration sound like chilly echoes of the past.