If it's a known fact that Gilo is going to be part of Israel under a final peace agreement, then there is no urgency to build right now, and it is a foolish trade off to insist on building now at the cost of moving forward with Abbas and a 2-state solution. Israel can wait until Gilo is annexed as part of the final peace deal and then build to its heart's content. Announcing the new building right now undermines the very peace process that Bibi claimed he is ready to engage seriously with Abbas, and is a slap to the face of the US and EU officials who worked so hard to give him everything he wanted at the UN. I and many other American Zionists would love to see an Israel that is Jewish, democratic, and at peace with a Palestinian state. Moves that hinder that outcome don't help. This Gilo announcement only lends credence to Abbas's contention that there's no path towards meaningful statehood for him in dealing with this particular Israeli gov't. Deeply disappointed here and considering supporting UDI at this point.
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from the article: Netanyahu rejects criticism of Jerusalem construction beyond green line