Settlement Expansion Used to Scuttle Peace - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • End the Occupation
    • 19.09.10 | 00:07 (IST)

    Who cares what this lying fanatic says? There is no 'settlement freeze'. It is a myth. Like Netanyahu's 'desire for peace', it is an empty statement, repeated by aligned politicians and a sympathetic press, without any evidence to support it. Just like the so-called "peace process", there has been no "freeze" in the expansion of illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank, which are designed solely to make the creation of a viable Palestinian state impossible. • At least 600 housing units have started to be built during the freeze, in over 60 different settlements. • At least 492 of those housing units are in direct violation of the law of the freeze. • During an average year (when there is no freeze) approximately 1,130 housing units start to be built in 8 months in the settlements. The new construction starts during the moratorium constitute approximately half of the normal construction pace in the settlements. • Some 2,000 housing units are currently under construction in the settlements, most of them started before the freeze was announced in November 2009. "This means that on the ground, there is almost no freeze or even a visible slowdown, despite the fact that legal construction starts have been frozen for 8 months. It also means that the Government of Israel is not enforcing the moratorium." http://rabbibrant.com/2010/08/29/martin-indyk-on-the-peace-process-hoping-against-hope/

    from the article: Lieberman: Palestinians use settlement freeze as an excuse to undermine peace talks
    First published 22:57 18.09.10 | Last updated 22:57 18.09.10
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