Even Alan Dershowitz must be worried about Israel destroying itself. He calls for a partial settlement freeze to advance the peace process, in the Wall Street Journal, and says he discussed the idea with a high-ranking Israeli.
The piece reflects the usual pigginess about Palestinian land:
There would be no Israeli building in those areas likely to become part of a Palestinian state. There would be no limit on Israeli building within areas likely to remain part of Israel.
I recently proposed this idea to a high-ranking Israeli official. His initial reaction was mostly positive, but he insisted that it would be difficult to impose an absolute building freeze in any areas in which Israelis currently live….
I reminded him that Mr. Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that Israel is prepared to make “painful compromises” in the interests of peace. An absolute building freeze would be such a painful but necessary compromise.
But here’s Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid’s twitter feed today.
PM Netanyahu: “we are a government who respects the rule of law and strengthening the settlements – there is no contradiction between the 2”