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April 2, 2009

Ron Paul on the Wrong Kind of Peace Treaty

April 1, 2009 in News by Eric Garris

Yesterday, Rep. Ron Paul voted against a resolution praising the 30th anniversary of the Israel-Egypt Camp David treaty.

He rose to explain why:

Mr. Speaker: I rise in reluctant opposition to this resolution. I do so not because I oppose our recognizing peace as preferable to, and more productive than, war. On the contrary, too seldom do we celebrate and encourage the end of violence and warfare on this Floor so I welcome any such endorsement of peace in international relations. However, I cannot agree with the final “resolved” clause of this resolution, which states that:

“… the House of Representatives calls for recognition of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel as a model mechanism upon which partner nations may build to overcome longstanding barriers to peace and effective mutual cooperation.”

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Israel’s hasty closure of Gaza probe seen as attempt to cloak abuses

By Inter Press Service and The Daily Star

Thursday, April 02, 2009

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: The Israeli Army’s Advocate General has summarily closed an internal investigation into allegations stemming from accounts by soldiers of abuses against Palestinian civilians committed during Israel’s recent war on Hamas in Gaza.

It took the military investigators just half the duration of the 22-day war in Gaza to bulldoze the accounts and to dismiss completely the serious allegations made by soldiers who had themselves taken part in the fighting.

In a public statement Monday, Brigadier General Avihai Mendelblit said the military police investigation revealed the testimonies “were based on hearsay and not on first-hand experience.”

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