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Settlements: The Real StoryGershom Gorenberg - Portside - The distinction between religious settlements and settlement blocs, then, repeats the error built into the Israeli political debate during the first years of the occupation. Back then, the self-deception was that Allon Plan settlements posed no impediment to peace. Jordan would just have to accept that Israel would keep parts of the West Bank. Now the myth is that Israel will be able to keep the blocs—which means annexing pieces of land outside its pre-1967 borders. In reality, no one knows which settlements, if any, Israel would be able to retain under a peace agreement. Judging from the brief periods of serious final-status talks over the years, the baseline for new Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will be the Green Line. Negotiations could lead to small exchanges, with Israel giving up bits of its pre-1967 territory in return for equal-sized bits of the West Bank. But even if that happens, the amount of land involved, and the number of settlements saved, is certain to fall far short of the expectations created by the talk of keeping the settlement blocs.- rh28/6/2017
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Claims of Israeli settlement freeze an `attempt to fool the public`Ma’an News Agency - “Hagit Ofran, the spokesperson for the settlement watch team of the Israeli NGO Peace Now, told Ma’an that ‘The alleged promise by Netanyahu, if it truly happened, is another spin of the Netanyahu government trying to fool the public.’ Pointing to information gathered by Peace Now from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS), Ofran highlighted that this year, the Israeli government had already issued tenders for the construction of 2,858 settlement units in the West Bank” [ry]26/6/2017
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After Abbas and Kushner Meet, Palestinians Disappointed With Trump Over Settlements Jack Khoury - Haaretz "President Trump spoke about establishing a joint committee of five [representatives from each side] and we want to make progress on it. But first of all we need to understand from the administration what is its position concerning the issue of the settlements, if they see the settlements as the main and most serious obstacle to progress in any negotiations, so there is a serious problem making progress," said the senior Palestinian official." ca23/6/2017
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I’m a 90-year-old woman who has lived in Israel for 50 years – here is what I think about Israeli settlementsRuth Kedar - Independent - Since I witnessed its beginnings half a century ago, the occupation has only got worse. The size and scale of settlements is something I can’t get over. I know every little road and every little village of the West Bank and it is frightening to see them swallowed up piece by piece by indistinguishable rows of red roofs that multiply across Palestinian land. It is robbery that is devoid of shame.-rh 21/6/2017
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PA slams new settlement as effort to thwart Trump’s peace driveDov Lieber - Times of Israel - Abbas’s spokesperson says it’s no coincidence that ground is broken on the eve of a visit to the region by Jared Kushner. [bz]21/6/2017
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Settlers pressure Netanyahu to reject Palestinian building planMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - In Liberman’s plan, Palestinian towns were grouped into two categories: those included on the “red list,” from which terrorist attacks emerged; and a “green list” of 15 cities and villages from which terrorists hadn’t come. Liberman allotted benefits for those towns on the green list, which included the expansion of their master plan. The city of Qalqilya was one of them. [bz] 21/6/2017
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Netanyahu vows to occupy the West Bank foreverMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "If Israel is not willing to relinquish military control over the West Bank, then it is saying that there can be no two-state solution." - id 14/6/2017
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Lieberman: Israel Plans Most Settlement Homes Since 1992Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Expresses Annoyance at Settlers` Demands for More [ry]12/6/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Protest In Kufur QaddoumIMEMC News - "Morad Eshteiwy, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers fired many gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the nonviolent protesters. He added that the Israeli attack did not lead to injuries or any arrests.For the past fourteen years, Kufur Qaddoum residents have been protesting, demanding the army to reopen the main town’s road, which was blockaded to enable easy access to the illegal colonist Israeli settlers, driving to and from Kedumim colony, built on privately-owned Palestinian lands." ca 10/6/2017
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