Netanyahu laid out his logic, his gov't's reasoning with respect to the expired moratorium on building. He clearly stated time and time again, the moratorium was a one time, deal. Olmert never gave one, it did not stop negotiations. If Netanyahu had caved into pressure from special interest groups, besides his being out of a job, Israel would lose a key aspect to it's negotiating assets. Israel has not gained from unilateral "good faith gestures". Listen, the pressure on Netanyahu to extend the moratorium is not about bringing peace closer. It is about sabotaging Netanyahu, to cause a coalition crisis resulting in either new elections or the replacing of the so-called "far right" parties with the so-called "far left" parties. Netanyahu can see this, he is not dumb. Netanyahu did the right thing by asserting Israel's right to decide it's policies. Why the spin always? It cheapens your effort at objective news reporting. It is transparent, which in no way is meant to imply clear thinking.
21-year-old killed by IDF near Jerusalem, Palestinian authorities say (Haaretz)
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