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Israeli Settlement Authorization Is Pre-Emptive Strike

Israeli is striking a blow against the peace process by authorizing further settlement expansion.
Apartment blocks under construction (front) are seen in Pisgat Zeev, an urban settlement in an area Israel annexed to Jerusalem after capturing it in the 1967 Middle East war, August 12, 2013. Israel on Monday named 26 Palestinian prisoners to be freed this week under a deal enabling U.S.-backed peace talks to resume, although Palestinians said these had been undermined by newly announced plans to expand Israeli settlements. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION) - RTX12IKF

It's clear that the authorization of 1,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed resumption of the Palestinian “negotiations,” Netanyahu’s pre-emptive strike, should clearly lead to a serious reassessment of US policy on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That Kerry asserted the obvious — namely, that the United States considers settlements as illegal — should be firmly applied, notwithstanding probable congressional protestations.

I have often stated that Israel never acknowledged itself as an occupying power. The continued proliferation of settlements of whatever Palestinian territories it deems necessary for its “security” was given as a justification for creeping annexation and used as a tactic in negotiations.

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