Netanyahu’s Phony New Settlement Construction Policy

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Netanyahu’s Phony New Settlement Construction Policy
by Stephen Lendman
The new policy replicates the existing one – unrestrained construction on stolen Palestinian land.
On the one hand, Israel said it’ll “significantly rein in the footprint” of settlement construction, limiting it “wherever possible” in new areas – a meaningless statement, intending unrestrained longstanding policy.
Netanyahu proved it by announcing Israel’s first new settlement since the 1993 Oslo Accords.
It’ll be located north of Ramallah – on Palestinian land registered as belonging to Israel. Security cabinet members approved it unanimously.
Full cabinet approval is needed to begin construction, a mere formality. Israeli hardliners consistently deny Palestinians their fundamental rights.
Trump officials voiced no opposition, one-sidedly supporting Israel. Continued settlement construction prevents any chance for diplomatic conflict resolution.
Palestinians know they have no friends in Washington, especially from Trump administration officials.
PLO secretary general Saeb Erekat’s weak-kneed objection shows how ill-served Palestinians are by their leadership, collaborating with Israel, not opposing its viciousness by meaningful actions.
PLO official Hanan Ashrawi issued a strong statement, unable to change things, saying “Israel is more committed to appeasing its illegal settler population than to abiding by the requirements for stability and a just peace.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is a US-installed imperial tool. In response to the Falk/Tilley UN report, calling Israel a racist apartheid regime, his spokesman denounced it ahead of removing it from the UN’s web site.
Washington didn’t approve his appointment to criticize Israeli, US or NATO policies, just to be a loyal imperial servant like his predecessors.
His spokesman expressed “disappointment and alarm” over Israel’s announced new settlement, no actions forthcoming from his office to oppose it, a short statement alone with no teeth, a meaningless gesture.
Peace Now said the strategically located new settlement aims to fragment the West Bank more than already, increasingly isolating Palestinians in unconnected cantons, hardening apartheid control.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.