Freeze must cover E J'sem - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 19.11.09 | 12:12 (IST)

    The bottom line is that nobody is going to enter into good faith talks with Israel while it is creating more bad faith facts on the ground. E J'sem is not some special case, Israel can no more legally build there than anywhere else on the West Bank. None of it is Israeli sovereign territory and Israel does not have a legal or moral leg to stand on. If Israel genuinely wanted peace talks and a solution - which most of the right decidedly don't - it would freeze ALL settlement building for the duration of the talks. This partial freeze is just a charade. Bibi knows full well that the PA cannot participate until the bulldozers stop, or the only winner will be Hamas. That is the result he wants, stalemate, so he can claim there is no partner for peace and thus avoid the final reckoning. Unless Obama twists arms sharply, his peace talks are dead in the water.

    from the article: 'Netanyahu to propose 10-month settlement freeze'
    First published 22:10 18.11.09 | Last updated 05:23 19.11.09
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