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Tuesday, November 04, 2003  

Kucinich answered questions online today at the Post. Mostly familiar stuff, but I enjoyed his comment on Israel. I've italicized a couple sentences I found particularly trenchant.

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich: It is urgent for the United States to become closely involved in the efforts to reach a peaceful agreement which protects Israel and which provides for the creation of an autonomous Palestinian state. Additionally, such an agreement must call for the rebuilding of the Palestinian areas which have been devastated. The US can help to lead the way in such an agreement by participating in rebuilding housing, schools, hospitals, businesses, roads and other infrastructure. This is necessary because economic stability is a precondition of political stability. The US must foster a climate of negotiation so that the Palestinians and the Israelis can come to an agreement of the sharing of water rights and on provision of mutual security. Such agreements would engender trust and confidence building and create the possibility where the parties can then deal with the issues of borders and right of return. I believe the government of Israel can help take a step in the direction of setting the stage for negotiations by stopping the building of new settlements and by ceasing in the building of walls. The United States lost an opportunity to bring peace to the region when it decided to wage war against Iraq. We must be mindful that the cause of peace is difficult to advance if we simultaneously are pursuing war. My administration will take the initiative in peacebuilding.

posted by Jeff | 9:32 AM |
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