Certainly Israel considers Gilo to be part of metropolitain grreater Jerusalem, as it does Ramat Eshkol, Givat Ze'ev and other colonies it has built around Jerusalem on all sides. The international community does not recognise this annexation and by international law it is illegal. That is what counts. The timing is also meant to irritate and show the US that the bully Israel will not be bullied by the US. It is meant to be confrontational and to set a limit for Washington. Bit by bit, piece by peice, Israel is digging its own hole and that is with the inaction and ineptitude of the US and the EU in confronting this colonial policy that continues unabated. The shell game is moving and if for the moment it means not building any "new" colonies in Palestine, then they decieve and get around it by zionist euphemisms, ie "natural growth", or land titles that work for Jews but not Arabs, or military neccesity and on and on ad nauseum. The world is fed up with Israel's arrogance.
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from the article: EU, Obama: Settlement construction could threaten peace progress
We leftists whine and complain, we only talk about how bleak and hopeless life is in Israel. We alienate all those Israelis whose support we need to bring political change.21:35 11.02.16 | 0 comments