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New Israeli Settlements in West Bank

Posted on Apr 18, 2008
West Bank Settlement Construction

Jewish settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes that.

The Israeli government announced plans to build 100 new homes on settlements in the occupied West Bank, inviting citizens to move in despite a freeze on settlement growth outlined in the 2003 “road map for peace.” Israel has argued that only new settlements are forbidden under the agreement, not increased population on existing settlement land.

The BBC:

The houses are to be built at Ariel and El Kana in the northern West Bank, despite international calls for a freeze on settlement activity.

Israel argues its requirement to freeze settlements under the 2003 peace roadmap does not apply here.

Palestinian official Saeb Erakat said the building “sabotaged” peace efforts.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

Only a great moral person of the caliber of Jimmy Carter can bring Israel to its senses and save her from its self-destructive path. 

So, go Carter! You’re the last honest, peace-loving and man of common sense left in these sad United States of America.

If the hating Zionists, both Americans and Israelis, do not like your peaceful and common sense attitude, then I am sure you’ll be warmly welcomed by the Palestinians whom you are advocating their just cause. I believe that most Palestinians would trust you to be even their president instead of the sell-out puppet and irrelevant Mahmoud Abbas!

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By TDoff, April 18, 2008 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment

Israel is sealing it’s own, justified doom.

So long as the Arabs and Muslims celebrate each Israeli depredation, atrocity, disregard of the just and fair treatment the Palestinians deserve, by holding ‘love-ins’ or ‘f**k-a-thons’, soon the Arabs will overwhelm the Israelis by sheer numbers, nukes be damned. Population propagation is on their side, and when they overcome, the Zionista will not live to regret their actions.

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By nefertiti, April 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

Slap on Abu Mazens s face . I wonder what they talk about when they meet , they have just met and he seemed happy coming out of the meeting , and suddenly we get more news of yet more settlments .  I wonder whether Abu Mazen is aware and gets bribed to keep quiet . (it would not suprised me from someone like him . )

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By SilvioBerlusconi, April 18, 2008 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment
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I think the guy who writes these little “intro” pieces before the actual article needs to learn how to write or something. He must drink on the job. - Silvio

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By David Dixit, April 18, 2008 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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It is indeed time for Israel to be reigned in ! Perhaps a little introspection on their part, and the acceptance of the Palestinians as human beings.

I for one, am fed up with the selfish inhuman and amoral behaviour of the Israelis.

Enough is enough. Stop all US aid to Israel and give it to Palestine instead; and rebuild the Palestinians’ homes and lives. Let us treat the Palestinians with the respect and dignity they deserve, just as much as anyone else.

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By Gmonst, April 18, 2008 at 10:15 am Link to this comment

Whatever has happened in the past aside, it’s time for Israel to be reigned in if there is ever to be peace in that region. I am constantly surprised by the actions and attitude of the Israeli government.  How can they not see the building up of settlements as counterproductive to the peace effort?  I think it gives serious credence to the idea that it isn’t peace they want but the final elimination of the Palestinians.  Serious pressure from the US government (ie withdrawing military charity) could really reign them in, but sadly that is most unlikely to happen.  No one wants to deal with suicide bombers, but the shell-shocked Israelis act so consistently against the tide of peace that one wonders if peace is even wanted.

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By weather, April 18, 2008 at 10:04 am Link to this comment
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Welcome to Israel

A political state by day, a religious state for tax purposes, an extradition-free refuge for its citizens who commit crimes elsewhere, but always, the exhausting, manipulating and misunderstood victim that demands to be treated as the exception and always at the expense of others.

Humility eludes us, denial becomes us and trouble follows us - sadly for some this reality is harder to confront then for others.

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