|Settlement freeze? It was barely a slowdown||Dror Etkes -
"Benjamin Netanyahu will probably not win the Nobel Peace Prize but he is certainly likely to win the Nobel Prize for Physics, or at least Chemistry, in the name of the Israeli government, which discovered that - contrary to what scientists had thought until now - water is not the only substance that expands instead of contracting when it freezes." id
|Micah Leshem cartoon 26.9.2010||Made on the day that the halfhearted settlement freeze was replaced by a settlement building spree||28/9/2010|
|Talks Continue While Settlers Celebrate “Freeze End”||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "As the so-called temporary freeze on settlement activities in the occupied West Bank had officially ended, talks between the United States, Israel and the Palestinian Authority are ongoing in an effort to overcome this obstacle; Jewish settlers are celebrating the resumption of settlement activities"||27/9/2010|
|Israel Developing “Jewish Tourist Sites” in West Bank ||Tania Kepler - AIC - "As Palestinian and Israeli delegations continue meeting for peace negotiations, Israel’s Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov has announced plans to designate NIS 9 million for the development and renovation of tourist sites in settlements in the occupied West Bank"||27/9/2010|
|Settlers break freeze with new 20-mobile-home Outpost||At least 20 caravans were installed on a hilltop outside the Revava settlement in the northern West Bank district of Salfit on Saturday, a day ahead of an anticipated end to the Israeli moratorium on settlement construction. ||25/9/2010|
|The settlers are human||Yossi Sarid - Haaretz - Until recently, settler leaders considered journalists the representatives of a hostile media. But now they have discovered among them inquisitive types with open minds. Only donkeys will not change their opinions, and opinionated journalists are the opposite of donkeys.
|Abbas hints at settlement compromise||AP -
"The Palestinians say that by gobbling up territory they claim, continued settlement expansion makes it ever more difficult to establish a viable Palestinian state."
|Why are Israeli Buyers being offered deals as these?||Rachel Shabi--`We were looking for a nice, peaceful place near Jerusalem`
If the construction of settlements in the West Bank is meant to be on hold, why are Israeli buyers being offered new properties on Palestinian land at knock-down prices?
|Plastic flowers||Gideon Levy -
"Around 40 years have passed since the settlement project began, and the settlements still need to import art from sovereign Israel." id
|Where has the hypocrisy gone?||Amira Hass -
"But the territory robbed by the separation barrier - Ariel, Givat Ze`ev, Ma`aleh Adumim, Efrat in its Anglo-Saxon elegance and East Jerusalem - are all within the consensus. Whose consensus?" id||15/9/2010|
|Settlers vow to keep on building – at any cost|| Catrina Stewart in Kiryat Arba--As Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare for key peace talks in Egypt, hardline Jewish settlers are vowing to sabotage a political process that they fear, if successful, could endanger the survival of the Jewish state. ||12/9/2010|
|West Bank building freeze to continue in practice, if not officially||Akiva Eldar -
"...every raid and every fired Hamas man and every charity closed reduces the chances of internal Palestinian reconciliation." id||8/9/2010|
|An Unsettled Issue: Israeli Settlement Construction Booms Despite Ban||Juliane von Mittelstaedt - Spiegel International - Etkes sees the circumventing of the building freeze as a "classic example of the cooperation between the settlers and the government (...) The building freeze was discussed for half a year, that was enough time for all parties to prepare."||7/9/2010|
|Abbas asks US to step into settlement dispute||Associated Press/Jerusalem Post/Ma`an - The Palestinian Authority President said that the "historic compromise" that Netanyahu mentioned in his Washingtom speech amounts to a request for Palestinians to "withdraw all the issues, with the territories occupied in 1967. We reject this because we see the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip as indivisible," Abbas said.
|B’Tselem invites theatre heads to field visit to view harm caused by Ariel settlement to Palestinian human rights ||B`Tselem - B’Tselem wrote today to the managers of Israel’s theatres, calling them to visit the Northern West Bank and see for themselves the heavy damage to human rights inflicted by the continued existence of the Ariel settlement. B’Tselem’s letter followed the managers’ decision to perform plays for the first time in the West Bank, in the newly built theater in Ariel. In her letter, B’Tselem executive director Jessica Montell wrote that millions of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank are denied their basic rights, including the right to culture, largely as a result of Israel’s settlement project.
|Israeli settlers to resume building on West Bank after Hebron killings||Harriet Sherwood -
""It is crucial that the parties persevere, keep moving forward, even through difficult times, and continue working to achieve a just and lasting peace in the region that provides security for all peoples.""
|A fortnight of injustice in Sheikh Jarrah||ISM Media -
"The settler called police, told them a warped version of events, and the usual outcome consequently occurred – one of the shebab was arrested."
|Too Heavy a Price for Israeli Elites? Reasoning Against Peace||JONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - Hundreds of businesses serving the settlers are booming in the 60 per cent of the West Bank, the so-called Area C, that falls under Israel’s full control. The real estate and construction industries, in particular, benefit from cut-price land -- and increased profits -- made available by theft from Palestinian owners.
|`We were looking for a nice, peaceful place near Jerusalem`||Rachel Shabi - The Guardian - Settlements, and the resources, infrastructure and military might required to keep them going, are a major impediment to negotiations to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Under international pressure, for the past 10 months, Israel has operated a partial freeze on settlement construction. However, the incentives still offered to Israelis to live on Palestinian land are so considerable that, leaving politics aside, it would be silly not to take advantage of them.
|Avigdor Lieberman takes settlement policy to its logical conclusion||Jesse Bacon - The only Democracy - Lost in the debate over the settlement phase is its real purpose, to claim Palestinian land for Israel. Even its hardcore defenders like Avigdor Lieberman, know there will come a time when that has reached its end, when all available Palestinian land has been taken, and all Palestinians capable of being forced to leave will have done so. What to do then?
|Stopping the Crazy ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - What does that say about Israel? Like the United States, which has driven its country and citizens into crazy wars in foreign lands because of the questionable agendas of those who rule, Israel is much the same. The government, whether right or left, has systematically and continually supported settlement growth, even during the years after Oslo when settlements were not to progress an inch. Decisions back then were not made by Likud-nik Bibi Netanyahu or by the even more extreme Israel Beytanu Avigdor Lieberman. On the contrary, settlements thrived in the early nineties under the watchful eye of the perceived Labor dove, the late Yitzhak Rabin. ||29/9/2010|
|Solving the West Bank settler problem||Gabrielle Rifkind -
"Without the momentum that relocates Israeli settlers, the dream of a Palestinian state will remain elusive and we will see ever-escalating violence in the region."
|Danon: Chief Rabbi permits building during Sukkot||REBECCA ANNA STOIL -
J-lem Post -
"...“it is a mitzvah [positive act] to build on the 18th of Tishrei”, the Jewish date of the order’s expiration."
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