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Mar 24, 2008

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney arrived Saturday night in Israel, where he pledged America's "enduring and unshakable" commitment to the security of the Jewish state as it approaches its 60th anniversary.

Dick Cheney and Ehud Olmert
Cheney met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to kick off a weekend of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders."Our two countries have been more than just strong allies. We've been friends, special friends," Cheney said at a news conference with Olmert."Both our nations share the ideals of liberty, equality, human dignity and representative government.""Both our nations have stood firm against forces of terror and intimidation. ... We are natural allies," Cheney added. He reaffirmed that the United States was committed to Israel's "right to defend itself against terrorism and rocket attacks and other threats from forces dedicated to Israel's destruction." In turn, Olmert called Cheney "a very good supporter and friend of the state of Israel."
Nothing new. Nothing surprising. It would have been nice to hear something about the Settlements... Now, this was followed by this:
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- A Mideast peace agreement will require "painful concessions" by Israelis and Palestinians who must work together to defeat those "committed to violence," Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.
Dick Cheney and Mahmoud Abbas
After meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Cheney stressed the U.S. commitment to the creation of an independent Palestinian state, saying it was "long overdue." "Achieving that vision will require tremendous effort at the negotiating table and painful concessions on both sides," said Cheney, whose stop in Ramallah came just two months after President Bush's trip to the West Bank. Abbas, a moderate, controls the West Bank and is battling Hamas militants who have taken charge of Gaza from Abbas-allied forces and have bombarded southern Israel with rockets. "Terror and violence do not merely kill innocent civilians, they also kill the legitimate hopes and aspirations of the Palestinian people," Cheney said. In their meeting, Abbas asked Cheney to help stop Israeli settlement expansion and military operations targeting militants, said Saeb Erekat, an Abbas aide.
Nothing new. Nothing surprising. Nothing that will bring Peace. Why is that? Because there really isn't anything Cheney can do about the situation. The only ones' that can are the Israeli People and the Palestinian People. Only when both people want peace more than they want to hate each other and be "right" will there be peace. Besides, what would Dick Cheney, the greatest war-monger of them all, know about Peace? He makes money off war, he doesn't want peace in the Middle East, cause that would cost him a lot of money. Peace in the Middle East means not only less money, but less reason fore the US to "do their thing", which is and has always been "Divide and conquer" and "Go there so we can steal, plunder and kill", at least when there's been a Republican in the White House.

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