It may very well be that FM Eide (and other ministers) have realized that the continued bullying of Israel is contrary to the interests of Norway (having been shut out on a very lonely and cold corridor might just have given the Norwegian peace makers some time to think through the chosen Middle East strategy), but for grass root members of the Labor party, bashing Israel is a form of sport. As far as I have been able to ascertain, the Labor Party will be passing only one specific international motion at their annual conference, one which will hold Israel only responsible for a failure to achieve a two state solution. This at a time when victim number 1000.000 is fast approaching in Syria (and nobody knows how many Norwegian Muslim “freedom fighters” that might have participated in the atrocities there).
The program committee does not see Palestinian violence and terror as something that might have contributed to the ongoing stalemate, and adds insult to injury by demanding that Israeli produce manufactured over the green line be marked. If the Government should be silly enough to pay any heed to these instructions (which in theory they are obliged to comply with) one need not be a Nostradamus to foresee that Norwegian diplomats would continue to trot up and down empty an cold corridors anywhere of importance.
lifted from vårtland.no (bad google translate)
Labor sharpens criticism of Israel
Believes Israel has full responsibility if there is a two state solution.
Published: 21 hours ago
ingjerd.vage @ vl.no
In a proposed resolution on Labor national conference on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians be blamed Israel for an entrenched conflict. The proposal is being clubbed by country on the congress’s final day.
Labor sharpens tone now and want labeling of Israel-products produced in the West Bank.
In its statement the Labor Party’s editorial committee blames Israel for the deadlocked conflict. They write:
“If the goal of a two state solution is unattainable, the Palestinian autonomy will crumble, and the occupier Israel alone will be left in charge of the occupied Palestinian population under international law.”
Terror. Chairman of the Editorial Committee, Terje Aasland, stands fully and completely for the statement.
– Do not the Palestinians have any responsibility to stop terrorism or recognize Israel’s right to exist?
– In my opinion, all parties to a conflict have a responsibility. But we must be clear on how we address the main responsibility for the situation in the area, says Aasland.
Two state solution. – Why does not anything in the statement say that the Palestinians have responsibility?
– The statement has been angled in this particular way such , and we put a lot of responsibility on Israel to get peace in the Middle East and go to a track where you can find a two-state solution.
Labeling. Labor Committee also proposes to “make visible trade with goods produced in illegal settlements in the occupied territories.” The decision proposal outlines labeling of goods as a method. This is done to provide a “real opportunity to opt out of such goods.”
– For the electronics too, or is it just oranges?
– It applies to all goods produced in the illegal settlements in the occupied territories.
– Why is it important?
– It is important for people to opt out of goods produced in areas that have a strong level of conflict in itself, says Aasland.
The statement is expectedto be approved without much resistance. The editorial committee was in full agreement on the content.