If Israel had announced a six month moratorium on all new settlement construction what harm would have done to its security? Would it really make Hamas stronger or weakened the IDF in any way? NO, of course not! What it would have done is shown the Palestinians and the world that Israel is serious about wanting peace. Israel seems to be doing whatever it can to stick its finger in the eye of everyone, including America. It's not very wise to do this to the country that provides all your tanks, planes, guns, and economic aid. If the American people get fed up, Israel will lose. I have always been a staunch and fervent supporter of Israel but it seems more and more that Israel is like Syria in one regard. Both countries seem to want land more than they want real peace.
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Mortar shell fired from Gaza at IDF force operating by the border, no injuries reported (Haaretz)
from the article: EU, Obama: Settlement construction could threaten peace progress