Pulling the same old trick again
According to this article in the New York Times:
Mark Regev, a spokesman for Mr. Netanyahu, said the final status of the existing settlements would be determined in negotiations with the Palestinians. “In the interim, normal life should be allowed to continue in those communities,” Mr. Regev said.
Ah…pulling the same old “final status” trick again. The last time Palestinians were deceived into believing that everything would be resolved in the “final status” negotiations, the settler populations in the occupied West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem, increased by more than 114,000 in the 10 years since Oslo (1994 – 2004) with more land being stolen for growth of existing settlements, construction of new settlements and Jews-only bypass roads.
In the same article:
In an interview with Army Radio on Monday, Ehud Barak, the defense minister and leader of the center-left Labor Party, gave a hypothetical example of a family of four that originally moved into a two-room home in a settlement. “Now there are six children,” he said. “Should they be allowed to build another room or not?”
He added, “Ninety-five percent of people will tell you it cannot be that someone in the world honestly thinks an agreement with the Palestinians will stand or fall over this.”
In the occupied East Jerusalem, where Israel has been making substantial changes in its demography by settling Jews in areas originally occupied by Palestinians, Palestinian homes have been demolished because they were “built without the required permits,” which were never granted to Palestinians as part of a deliberate Israeli policy to push them out of Jerusalem. Should the Palestinians in East Jerusalem be allowed to build another room or not? That is the question Ehud Barak should be asking himself. If Palestinians are not allowed to grow in areas they legally owned, do you think that Jews should be allowed to grow in settlements deemed completely illegal by the international community?