At bottom, trust is established when one keeps one's word. Other measures of trust building are secondary, and actually deceptive if one does NOT keep one's word. In the present case, Israel obligated itself when accepting the Bush Roadmap (by the Sharon government - at the time of Likud) to freeze construction in all the Territories, including East Jerusalem. Sharon mentioned 14 "reservations" that he took about the Roadmap, none involving construction freeze. The Roadmap was mentioned by Obama as the basis for the (planned) peace talks, and Netanyahu said a few times in the past that his government will accept all past government obligations. If he intends to cheat, he should do it on a small scale and with sensible-sounding excuses, like other governments did. But he has grand plans for cheating, and tries to do it in broad daylight. This is unfortunate, because pointing to the Roadmap obligation, he would be able to convince even his crazy Likud members that this has to be done.
- 8:09 AM
from the article: Israel to engage in 'trust-building' moves in wake of East Jerusalem row