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Release of Palestinian Prisoners Not a License for Creeping Annexation

Did US Secretary of State John Kerry know that Israel would approve new settlements after releasing Palestinian prisoners?
Palestinian labourers work on a construction site in Ramat Shlomo, a religious Jewish settlement in an area of the occupied West Bank Israel annexed to Jerusalem October 30, 2013. Israel announced plans on Wednesday to build hundreds of new settlement homes on land that the Palestinians want for a future state, hours after it released a group of Palestinian prisoners from its jails.   REUTERS/Baz Ratner (WEST BANK - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION POLITICS) - RTX14TMP
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The news that Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners today, Oct. 30, was accompanied by an Israeli Interior Ministry announcement that it will proceed with the plan to build 1,500 housing units in Ramat Shlomo, a settlement in the occupied West Bank that Israel considers part of Jerusalem. As the Palestinian families welcomed the freed prisoners, the spokesman of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared the settlement decision to be "destructive for the peace process."

Well, better late than never! To reinforce this statement, Abbas, when welcoming the released prisoners, said, "The settlements are void, void, void." Either Abbas is in denial or his spokesman has adequately described the outcome. There is no question that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans for each release of prisoners, in installments, to be accompanied by establishing settlements in installments!

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