ROO Settlement freeze is irrelevant (THIRD TRY) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Stephen
    • 27.03.10 | 17:40 (IDT)

    You may think so,but: Had Netanyahu been willing to negotiate immediately on the issue of Jerusalem as the capital of 2 states and its subsequent division, along the lines of American and Quartet demands [without which there can never be any final settlement] and the final borders and necessary relinquishing of settlements far from the seam line, and a formula for the closure of the refugee issue, then current settlement building would have been immaterial. (Roo) As you assume by putting the onus on Netanyahu on this issue it was a forgone conclusion. Because his promise to his people to adhere in the promises he made when on the stump had and has to be implemented or else the public will get rid of him. I agree with your last paragraph though. i.e there will be no fundamental change by Netanyahu as I pointed out the reason above i.e Promises to the Israeli public. Frankly I hope he sticks to his guns. What is more Israel will retain Jerusalem for the Jews. And not to the Arabs who would create a more fractious capital where now it is a peaceful city. No need to sensationalize it with (a pigs lipstick)nonsense.

    from the article: Netanyahu: I'm not building in Jerusalem for Lieberman and Yishai
    First published 03:45 26.03.10 | Last updated 10:12 07.04.10
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