I must remind all readers: criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism. Praise of Israel isn’t Semitism, either. I have little stomache for what’s happening in Palestine, and that is not a secret.
Recent developments include Benjamin Netanyahu indicating he is willing to consider an Arab 2002 peace plan. You will note that this is about ten years of settlement building too late.
As part of this, it was announced that some 104 Palestinian prisoners would be released. In fact, the first bunch, to be released August 13, will only include 26 pisoners.
Just to make sure there are no misunderstandings, the Palestinians have been told that there will be no preconditions to the talks. Ceasing settlement building has always been a precondition.
Just to be sure there is no progress, the Israeli government has decided to make legal three new settlements, which means they get subsidies. Click here to read this.
To quote BBC News, About 500,000 Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. ‘Settlements are considered illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this‘.
So, now for the first dumb question’s answer. When is a Peace Initiative not an initiative? When it is self-sabotaged by those who claim to be initiating it.
Second dumb question: given the progress to date, what is the likely future evolution of Palestine?
The Final Solution for Palestine has been underway for ages. Roadblocks. Occasional invasions. Prevention of importation of repair materials afterward. Withheld taxes. Power outages. Checkpoints. Settlements. Shortages.
I can be forgiven for concluding that the intended end result is a jail- or slum- ghetto-like existence for those Palestinians condemned to remain in what is laughably called their ‘country.’