I don't believe that Israel does anything in a random fashion. I don't believe that the Israeli government will take actions that damage Israel's long term interest. What is the plan? Well, that's secret of course, but observing Israel's actins over the years might offer a clue. Only two things have reamined a constant top priority. These two things are closely related and they are motivating factors for many of Israel's actions and policies. The two constants are (1) settlement expansion, and (2) avoiding peace. Obviously it is necessary to avoid peace in order to accomplish settlement expansion. Not to put too fine a point on it, Israel's long term plan is expanding their borders, which is best achieved through settlement expansion. How does this explain shooting rubber bullets at settlers and closng down illegal outposts on Palestinian land? These things are trivial to the long range plan. It actually gives Netanyahu and his government an aura of justice and peace. This only works on those predisposed to think well of Israel. I am not sure that there are many left that fall into that catagory, but, if there are, this farce is for you!
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Netanyahu is encouraged by the fact that some of his critics are starting to cast doubt on the deal, and even to echo his arguments against it.17:39 30.07.15 | 8 comments