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State Department was right: Israel colonizes the West Bank as peace process continues

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An Israeli settlement in Jerusalem overlooking a highway. (Photo: Xavier Malafosse/Wikimedia Commons)

Israeli settlement activity isn’t letting up.

A week before negotiations are set to take place in the Middle East for the latest round of peace talks, new West Bank settlement construction has been approved and a new settlement project in occupied Jerusalem was announced. The projects are confirmation of what a State Department official said last week: that “you are likely to see Israeli settlement [activity] continue” as the peace process grinds on. 

Today, Haaretz‘s Chaim Levinson reports that Israel’s Civil Administration, a military agency, has approved plans for 878 housing units in far-flung settlements across the West Bank. They include approval for units that were built illegally under Israeli law but are now getting retroactive approval, a common approach taken by Israel when it comes to what are known as settlement “outposts.” The settlement units approved include 78 units in Gilgal, which is east of the settlement of Ariel. Some of the units still need to be approved by the Defense Ministry for construction to begin, though.

Today’s announcement comes days after Israel took a separate step that made it clear that the government has no intention of relinquishing any control of the West Bank–even of geographically isolated settlements. On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet approved a measure to subsidize 91 settlements, an increase from a total of 85. Some of the settlements now eligible for government money in the form of subsidies for housing and education are located in “outposts” that were recently legalized by the government. 

The new West Bank settlements aren’t the only indication of Israel’s relentless drive to colonize occupied territory.

On Tuesday, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Housing Minister Uri Ariel and the Jerusalem mayor would attend a ceremony next week for a new Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem. Reporter Nir Hasson wrote that the ceremony will mark the beginning of construction on the new settlement, which is located near the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal Mukkaber. The 63-unit plan was in the works for five years, but has been held up due to “political pressure,” according to Haaretz. The newest settlement will add to the woes of Jabal Mukkaber residents, who already have to contend with the settlement of Nof Zion, located in the middle of the Palestinian neighborhood.

Palestinian officials reacted strongly to the news. “Israel is using the negotiations even before they start as a cover for its settlement activities,” Yasser Abed Rabbo, an aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told the Los Angeles Times. “It will be impossible to have a political process while there are extensive efforts to create facts on the ground that will prejudge the outcome of the negotiations.” Still, it’s unlikely that the PA will step away from the peace process at this point.

The moves towards building new settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank occurred a week before U.S. peace process envoy Martin Indyk is reportedly set to arrive in the Israel for talks with government officials.

More settlement units are likely in the pipeline, if Israeli media reports are to be believed. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly told Secretary of State John Kerry that up to 1,000 tenders for new housing units in what are known as settlement blocs will be issued while peace talks go on.

Meanwhile, new figures released by the Israeli army show that the population of settlers in the West Bank increased by 7,700 during the first six months of 2013. 

Alex Kane
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  1. annie
    annie
    August 8, 2013, 3:22 pm

    what a sham. the palestinians should back out and Internationalize the process.

    • Justpassingby
      Justpassingby
      August 8, 2013, 3:51 pm

      The PA knew full well that this would be the result.
      The problem isnt just israeli settlements, it is also the corrupt PA that allow this to happen.

      • talknic
        talknic
        August 8, 2013, 9:38 pm

        Justpassingby “The problem isnt just israeli settlements, it is also the corrupt PA that allow this to happen”

        Any suggestions on how the PA could have stopped it?

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby
        August 9, 2013, 3:14 am

        Very easy, putting a freeze up as a pre-condition for one.

      • Kathleen
        Kathleen
        August 9, 2013, 12:38 pm

        Thought that was the line that Abbas had drawn in cement? Although I have not heard Abbas’s name mentioned in regard to these negotiations

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 8, 2013, 11:38 pm

        I know it’s easy to bash the PA. I am no fan of theirs, but as Finkelstein pointed out on Democracynow a few weeks ago:

        Well, on the Palestinian side, they really don’t have much choice, because the Palestinian economy was almost in a crisis last year just at the time Salam Fayyad, the prime minister, left office, and Obama basically told him that if you don’t go to talks, we’re not going to pay the bills.

        On the Israeli side, they had one immediate motive. The immediate motive was they wanted to deflect international pressure on them. The Israeli press was reporting that, as is true, in order to deflect international pressure, you have to pretend to be negotiating. And the Israelis didn’t panic, but they saw it as a harbinger when the European Union issued its guidelines, which were not going to have a huge impact, but guidelines which threatened Israel’s ability, its maneuverability, in continuing its annexation of the Palestinian territories.

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby
        August 9, 2013, 3:18 am

        Its very easy because its true, as I said its not only Israel that is the problem but PA for accepting these settlement activity while doing nothing. PA even dropped the freeze as a pre-condition and also that 1967 borders is the precondition for talks.

    • Walid
      Walid
      August 8, 2013, 4:07 pm

      The Palestinian people have nothing to do with the process; the negotiations and continued sell-outs are being undertaken by their leaders with expired mandates. The formula is easy to understand: the more they all talk about peace, the more settlements grow.

    • just
      just
      August 8, 2013, 6:19 pm

      Agree totally, Annie. What Israel is doing, with our support, is criminal and insane.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      August 8, 2013, 6:29 pm

      I’m starting to believe that Palestinians are plain stupid. Was there any major reaction when the Palestine Papers came out and proved how their own “representatives” tried to sell them out? They protest in Bilin and other places without any result instead of uniting against their Kapos.

      • Castellio
        Castellio
        August 9, 2013, 3:02 am

        Palestinians are well aware that Abbas doesn’t represent them, but can they stop Israel and the US from pretending he does? No, they can’t. Anymore than they can stop the Israeli’s from continuing to take their land, their water, and to erase their villages and history.

        One group of Palestinians did effectively revolt, and they are now under what is best called a quarantine. They don’t even get a say in “final status” talks.

        We continue to watch a policy of ethnic cleansing and overt racism by Israel and the US, committed to the immiseration of millions of people on the basis of their religion, and we, the “educated, humane, humanist west” are profoundly mute, profoundly indifferent. We are the moral midgets, not the Palestinians.

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby
        August 9, 2013, 3:19 am

        Yes, palestinians will never get a state when they have PA appeasing the occupier.

    • Blownaway
      Blownaway
      August 8, 2013, 9:02 pm

      Maybe..just maybe Abbas will play this right. Israel will get the blame for the failure of this obvious sham and it will be internationalized. But Abbas has to be willing to give up the bribes from the US and do the right thing and internationalize the occupation. Even so the US is willing to scorch the earth to protect Israel. If Graham and McCain blatantly waive AIPAC talking points on the floor of the senate, they will burn every bilateral relationship in the world to immunize Israel

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      August 9, 2013, 10:33 am

      “what a sham”

      I agree, like claiming to want peace and then teaching your children that Jews are pigs and dogs and sending them to summer camp to learn how to be guerrilla warriors.

      It’s political reality. You’re not going to get the rightists in the Israeli cabinet to stop issuing tenders, and you’re not going to get the Palestinians to stop telling their children that Jews are bad. But if you work on achieving peace, in the long run, these things will stop.

      “the palestinians should back out and Internationalize the process.”

      What will not help is internationalizing the process. The international community could not care less, and has no power to enforce an agreement.

      • Blank State
        Blank State
        August 9, 2013, 11:00 pm

        “You’re not going to get the rightists in the Israeli cabinet to stop issuing tenders, and you’re not going to get the Palestinians to stop telling their children that Jews are bad”

        They don’t hafta tell their kids that. Israel’s (“The Jewish State”) treatment of the Palestinians implants the idea in thier heads. You don’t want anti-semitism? Than act in a humane and moral manner.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 10, 2013, 10:22 am

        I agree, like claiming to want peace and then teaching your children that Jews are pigs and dogs and sending them to summer camp to learn how to be guerrilla warriors.

        Israel claims to want peace and then teaching their children that Arabs are sub human and then sends them to military service to learn how to maintain he occupation, expel them, raid their homes at night, kill them and brutalize them.

        You’re not going to get the rightists in the Israeli cabinet to stop issuing tenders, and you’re not going to get the Palestinians to stop telling their children that Jews are bad.

        Well you’re not not going to get the Palestinians to stop telling their children that Jews are bad when the Jews are behaving badly.

        But if you work on achieving peace, in the long run, these things will stop.

        Who do you think you’re trying to kid?

        The work of achieving peace has to begin with addressing injustice. The whole point of the peace process is to circumvent the law and justice.

        What will not help is internationalizing the process.

        Correction: It won’t help Israel, but it might help the Palestinians.

        The international community could not care less, and has no power to enforce an agreement.

        Actually they do. The reason the Israelis agreed to these talks is precisely because they live in fear of the power of the international community.

      • mcohen
        mcohen
        August 12, 2013, 4:35 am

        shingo

        for you ,a bit of background,feel free to debunk

        http://www.jewishrefugees.blogspot.com.au/

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        August 11, 2013, 4:51 am

        hophmi says: “I agree, like claiming to want peace and then … sending them to summer camp to learn how to be guerrilla warriors.”

        Imagine they would send them even to become soldiers which oppress, disposess and disenfranchise a whole population, colonializing their country while keeping a major part of them expelled and denationalized. And THEN claiming they want peace.

        … and you’re not going to get the Palestinians to stop telling their children that Jews are bad.”

        Do you think that the pathology of some Jews prevents them from realizing what Jews did and still do to Palestinians is “bad” and the source of their attitude against Jews? And what could be the causes of this pathology?

  2. mondonut
    mondonut
    August 8, 2013, 3:22 pm

    For the 1ss crowd, this should sound like a step in the right direction.
    For the 2ss crowd, why stay away from the table if you think all the pizza is being eaten?

    • annie
      annie
      August 8, 2013, 10:37 pm

      why stay away from the table if you think all the pizza is being eaten?

      so others can witness you standing there with your hands tied behind your back as your land gets raped? you sound like a sadist.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        August 9, 2013, 10:39 am

        “so others can witness you standing there with your hands tied behind your back as your land gets raped? you sound like a sadist.”

        So, walk away, and go rely on the international community to do your work for you, as they have been doing for 65 years by paying your bills, educating your kids, starting Palestinian people committees, voting for you in the General Assembly, condemning your enemy several times every year in the UNHCR, condemning them in the UNSC all the time, and on and on and on. You pushed for all of it, you got all of it. The process is very much internationalized.

        The Palestinians still don’t have a state. Millions of Palestinian refugees live in abject poverty with no rights – in Lebanon, one of those states that pushes for all of this internationalization. So I don’t know why they’d continue to rely on the international community, which is great at issuing favorable statements and worse than useless on getting anything constructive done.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 10, 2013, 10:15 am

        So, walk away, and go rely on the international community to do your work for you

        How is that any different than Israel relying on the US to do their work for them, paying her bills, working overtime at the UN to block Palestinian membership to UN Organizations or undermine GA revolutions or vetoing those that make it to the UNSC?

        The process is very much internationalized.

        Not as much as it could or should be. That is why the US and Israel work overtime to keep negotiations away from the UN where there would be a level playing field.

        The Palestinians still don’t have a state.

        They do, but Israel is occupying and building on it.

        So I don’t know why they’d continue to rely on the international community, which is great at issuing favorable statements and worse than useless on getting anything constructive done.

        Who else should they rely on? Should the victim of rape rely on the rapist(s) to save them, or hope that onlookers will come to their aid?

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        August 10, 2013, 11:32 am

        @ hophmi
        You’re right. The “international community” really means a handful of states that are the most powerful economically and in military terms at any given time. Goering stated this clearly at Nuremberg in 1945. Hitler did too. He was a real believer in social darwinism, might make right. That’s how the state of Israel got official legal recognition, as “a nation among nations,” and that’s how Israel will lose it. What goes around, comes around, eventually.

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        August 11, 2013, 5:04 am

        hophmi says: “The Palestinians still don’t have a state.”

        They do, internationally recognized. First “mandated”, now occupied. Nearly 100 years of denial of their right to self determinanation. Either denied by the (World) Zionist Organization or on their behalf.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      August 9, 2013, 10:11 am

      “why stay away from the table if you think all the pizza is being eaten?”

      Because maybe, away from the table, there is a guy with a baseball bat who will come and smash in the head of the thief stealing the pizza.

  3. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 8, 2013, 4:16 pm

    This has been going on for decades, and through all US peace process brokering. How many US envoys and teams traveling to Israel to aid the peace process have to be met with Israel informing them of new settlements launched, or to be launched ASAP, before the US gets a hint of reality? It’s clear the US government is not acting in the interests of US. It’s absent without leave (AWOL) on both the illegality of the settlements and recognition of Israel’s hegemonic nuclear bombs. Instead, the US likes to create more terrorists with drones, more Arab hate by blowing AIPAC, and it’s a killer on welfare net things like Meals On Wheels for US senior citizens. Meanwhile, Israel is doing well economically, and it has full government health insurance. US continues to gift Israel $8.5 M per day, plus interest, and continues to underwrite Israel’s debt while Israel’s credit is better than the USA’s.

  4. gingershot
    gingershot
    August 8, 2013, 4:55 pm

    Why is Abbas accepting chump change ‘prisoner releases’ as the plausible deniability of for why he is providing the Israelis another SOLID YEAR of consequence-free Apartheid?

    Does he need to give Israel a year’s head-start in preparing to sabotage any ICC-proceedings?

    • Blownaway
      Blownaway
      August 8, 2013, 9:05 pm

      Exactly they only need a few months to get through the UN General Assembly so that Abbas cant do anything until next year

  5. SimoHurtta
    SimoHurtta
    August 8, 2013, 4:58 pm

    I begin to understand why Israel during past three thousand years has managed to be independent only for a couple short intervals. These people have astonishing views of foreign policy and unhealthy high self-confidence. In a way it is interesting to see how much they can humiliate USA this time and to what lengths they go in bulling to EU.

    • tokyobk
      tokyobk
      August 8, 2013, 8:01 pm

      You must be a zionist (or something else) since you believe “These people” are of one eternal (thought stiff-necked, arrogant) essence begging on their comeuppance.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      August 9, 2013, 10:42 am

      “I begin to understand why Israel during past three thousand years has managed to be independent only for a couple short intervals. These people have astonishing views of foreign policy and unhealthy high self-confidence.”

      LOL. Another idiotic comment. Yeah, you’re right. There are European countries who spent hundreds of years independent and fighting with one another over money and territory.

      I begin to understand why it’s best never to listen to people like you.

  6. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    August 8, 2013, 5:25 pm

    Now is the time for the Israelis to really expand the settlement enterprise, and as this report claims “it’s unlikely that the PA will step away from the peace process at this point.” I would suggest it is nigh on impossible for Abbas to back out of the talks now, he is trapped, having already conceded that settlement expansion will continue,International criticism of the settlements will also be muted for fear of upsetting the “peace Process” and time lost in formally applying for membership at the ICC and consolidating its status at the UN by joining the other agencies, altogether a disastrous decision by Abbas, all he has gained is the promised release of a few prisoners, sure to be rounded up again when the “peace process” ends in certain failure.

  7. Tom Callaghan
    Tom Callaghan
    August 8, 2013, 6:35 pm

    It’s sort of like Mike Tyson and Woody Allen agree to share a pizza. While they talk about how to split it up Tyson keeps stuffing pizza in his mouth.

    http://www.wednesdayswars.com

  8. ramzijaber
    ramzijaber
    August 8, 2013, 8:37 pm

    The Very Honorable President Obama
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Washington, DC

    Mr. President,

    Israel continues to steal our land, making a viable FREE State of Palestine impossible based on 1967 lines as you have asserted and as the entire world demands.

    The latest illegal, hostile, provocative, and arrogant action came with the recent Israeli announcement of yet more construction in the Occupied State of Palestine, even in colonies that are deep into Palestine. This comes on the heels of yet another recent Isareli decision to fund illegal outposts in the Occupied State of Palestine. These illegal and hostile Israeli actions make peace impossible and get us quickly to the point of no return.

    Accordingly, and as Israel continues to renege on its Oslo obligations and on the latest understandings with Secretary Kerry, and in the interest of peace and salvaging the two-state solution from extinction, I am respectfully informing you of the following actions that we have undertaken:

    1- We have initiated action at the ICC and ICJ regarding the continued illegal Israeli construction of colonies in the Occupied State of Palestine.

    2- We have submitted requests for the State of Palestine to join ALL UN agencies.

    3- We have submitted a request to the UNSC for recognizing the State of Palestine as a full member of the UN, a long overdue status that is right and just.

    4- We have suspended our participation in the negotiations until ALL Palestinian prisoners are released, first among them Mr. Barghouti, and until the Gaza border is fully open.

    Mr. President, we are a proud Nation. We refuse to be bullied and continuously lied to by Israel. Yet, we remain firmly and fully committed to peace based on the 1967 borders and the two-state solution. But we cannot accept Israeli illegal actions and provocations while we supposedly “talk peace”. The time for talk is over.

    The solution is known to all. It has been so for years. If Israel truly wants peace, a peace agreement can be finalized and signed in ONE day: all that is needed is for Israel to truly and honestly commit to peace and to start withdrawing immediately from the Occupied State of Palestine, which should take no more than 90 days to complete in coordination with us.

    Thanks to you, Mr. President, and to Mr. Kerry as well for both of your valiant support and efforts to make peace happen in the Holy Land. Now the time for action has arrived. Enough talk and double talk by Israel while my people continue to suffer, which is unacceptable. We demand actions.

    As President, I am at the service of my people and the above actions are designed to sincerely and urgently save the two-state solution and advance the cause of peace. But the window will close in very short order (a few months at most) and, in that case, we will follow with other actions at the right point in time.

    In the meantime Mr. President, I look forward to your and to Mr. Kerry’s fair, balanced, and impartial active mediation to urgently achieve the two-state solution.

    Very sincerely,

    President Abbas
    State of Palestine

    CC: US Secretary of State, The Honorable John Kerry
    CC: EU High Representative, Baroness Catherine Ashton
    CC: UN Secretary-General , The Honorable Ban Ki-moon
    CC: UNSC Members

    • annie
      annie
      August 8, 2013, 8:55 pm

      it there a link to this ramzi, is it real?

      • ramzijaber
        ramzijaber
        August 8, 2013, 8:59 pm

        I wish it were real. I was just getting my frustration out and imagining what a courageous President Abbas would say to President Obama.

        I apologize Annie for not making this clear at the end of my post. I should have. I tried to edit the post to add that but I could not. Sorry again Annie. I feel awful about causing this confusion.

      • annie
        annie
        August 8, 2013, 10:32 pm

        that’s ok ramzi. i am forever the optimist and was just hoping it was real. it reads fine like that, show em how it’s done.

  9. rensanceman
    rensanceman
    August 8, 2013, 9:07 pm

    I believe all sentient humans who are compassionate and who seek justice in this unfair and evil struggle would agree that the letter proposes a wise course of action for the Palestinians to take and demands, feeble as they are, that would at least relieve the plight of the Palestinians. Post WW2, this conflict has resulted in the most serious social upheaval yet. The Rwanda massacres were hideous, but the I/P matter involves state sponsored land theft, mass expulsions, apartheid et al. aided by the shining beacon of peace, freedom, civil rights, law-abiding nation:the USA. It is interesting to speculate what the meaning of: “…we will follow with other action at the right point in time”

  10. talknic
    talknic
    August 8, 2013, 9:42 pm

    Several comments pointing fingers at Abbas and the PA. They are in fact powerless as long as the US maintains the UNSC veto vote on Chapt VII resolutions to take action against Israel for its breaches of the Law, UN Charter and relevant conventions.

    As long as the US does maintain the veto, there is no point in even tabling a Chapt VII resolution.

    • ramzijaber
      ramzijaber
      August 8, 2013, 10:24 pm

      True, but until that changes, the State of Palestine must submit that request to the UNSC repeatedly ad infinitum so as to force the US to veto it multiple times.

      • talknic
        talknic
        August 8, 2013, 10:56 pm

        The could submit the request time and again. However it’s a hard call when every time the Palestinians make a rightful legal move, Israel immediately finds it reason to dispossess and slaughter more Palestinians

      • SQ Debris
        SQ Debris
        August 9, 2013, 5:55 pm

        It sounds good, on principle, to force the U.S. to keep throwing the UNSC veto. However, according Ambassador Victor Gauci (Malta), who represented the U.N. Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in 1984, the number of resolutions regarding Palestinian rights (and abuse of those rights) that have been vetoed by the U.S. is dwarfed by the number of resolutions that were written but never even tabled. UNSC member states knew they didn’t have a chance of passage and weren’t willing to anger/embarrass the U.S. gov. In a sense the vetoes have been small victories because they actually came to the table, and the resolutions became part of the historical record.

        The ICC is the real address for the kind of relentless pressure Ramzi suggests. That’s why Abbas/ the alleged PA have demurred gaining membership in that body. Fatah, Inc.’s industry is complicity with, not cessation of, the ongoing liquidation of Palestinian physical and cultural presence in their home.

    • HarryLaw
      HarryLaw
      August 9, 2013, 3:50 am

      talknic, “They are in fact powerless as long as the US maintains the UNSC veto vote on chapt VII resolutions to take action against Israel for its breaches of the law” They are not powerless to take action against Israel for breaches of the law. The first thing they can do is formally apply to join the ICC. The Prosecutor at the ICC Fatou Bensouda has said recently ” now that the UN General Assembly had made its determination that Palestine is a state, “the ball is now in the court of Palestine”, “Palestine has to come back” and “we are waiting for them”. She may have a long wait. Then they could apply for membership of all the specialized UN agencies [finances permitting] from there it may be possible that they can legally use them against Israel for all the many breaches of those agencies rules. According to Wikileaks an Israeli General said he would regard taking Israel through the ICC as an act of war. The question for the Palestinians is do you want your state? which automatically entails resistance and the negative consequences that sometime entails, or are you prepared to fold after a few threats. To my mind taking Israel through the ICC is not even an act of resistance, it is what any reasonable person should do when war crimes are wilfully committed against them.

  11. talknic
    talknic
    August 8, 2013, 10:51 pm

    ONLY Israeli belligerence stops the Jewish state from ending the occupation and at last, after 65 years, start adhering to International Law.

    It could be done tomorrow.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 9, 2013, 7:26 am

      @ talknic
      Obama’s in his final term. He could use the bully pulpit and get the American people behind him to put pressure on US Congress re suspension of all aid to Israel (including the UNSC veto) until it shows good faith by withdrawing the settlements. But that would take a real leader.

      • American
        American
        August 10, 2013, 1:38 am

        I have sincerely tried to find some smarts and balls in this guy . I even invented all kind of theories about possible secret and super clever plans he is carrying out and just doesnt reveal—but it’s all crap–there’s nothing there. I think even Dems are sick of his ”aren’t I so cool” High School popularity performances. The repubs will take the 2014 elections imo.

        A Defiant Obama Press Conference

        Jacob Heilbrunn | August 9, 2013

        Russian president Vladimir Putin slouches like a “bored schoolboy in the back of the schoolroom”? That was just one of the feisty and rather
        undiplomatic statements that President Obama made during his press
        conference made today. It must have made Putin sit bolt upright. Obama did everything but call Putin a lout. As the Washington Post notes, it isn’t even true. Putin is about as buff as it gets. With all the crunches and judo he practices, his posture is great. Engaging in a smackdown of Putin’s figure is about as low a blow as Obama could deliver. So who was being childish?”

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 11, 2013, 9:26 am

        I even invented all kind of theories about possible secret and super clever plans he is carrying out and just doesnt reveal

        Yes, someone once explained it in terms of believing he is playing 4th dimensional chess.

  12. ziusudra
    ziusudra
    August 9, 2013, 2:47 am

    Now that preparations for the UN & ICC have been processed,
    Zio Golem steps up to release only a percentage of prisoners &
    O’Bloomers steps up to stop aid to Abbas & all falls down again.
    I think Atlas & Sissiphus should run away, too.
    ziusudra
    PS It took us Euros. only 300 yrs to fully clear the indigenous
    Indians from our promised land, Zionistan is almost there.

  13. Talkback
    Talkback
    August 9, 2013, 9:03 am

    Classic Sesame Street – Ernie and Bert share licorice candy

  14. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    August 9, 2013, 10:42 am

    “More settlement units are likely in the pipeline, if Israeli media reports are to be believed. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly told Secretary of State John Kerry that up to 1,000 tenders for new housing units in what are known as settlement blocs will be issued while peace talks go on.”

    Confirming once again that these latest efforts by Kerry seem to be going to hell in a hand basket

  15. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    August 9, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Where is the line between optimism and delusion? Kerry finding out

  16. James Canning
    James Canning
    August 9, 2013, 8:09 pm

    Is it fair to say that Israeli officials in effect pee on the national security interests of the American people?

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