Thursday, March 18, 2010

Storm over Israeli settlements as unreal as the peace process

Hasan Abu Nimah, The Electronic Intifada, 18 March 2010

".....So if for 43 years there has been continuous occupation accompanied with continuous settlement building while the international community was maintaining a deadly and a cowardly silence, why all the sudden noise over 1,600 additional housing units? It is neither the first project nor will it be the last. And notice that for all its complaints, the United States pointedly did not require Israel to cancel the project. It would never dare do that. Instead within a few days, the US will be pressuring the PA to return to futile negotiations while the settlement construction carries on.

Remember Jabal Abu Ghneim (see photo, left), the forested hill near Bethlehem that Netanyahu decided to build on in the 1990s against strenuous American and international objections that it would "destroy the peace process?" Today the trees are gone and in their place are only Israeli apartment buildings. But the fake, fraudulent "peace process" continues as if nothing happened. This theatrical storm will also slowly die down and the settlements construction will steadily keep up."

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