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Is Palestinian frustration playing into Netanyahu's strategy?

With Palestinian frustration increasing over the hardships of the Israeli occupation, Israeli security experts keep warning of a violent breakout, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps ignoring the warnings.
Palestinians take part in a protest against the Palestinian authority, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman - RTX30U54
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Ahead of his second meeting March 16 with US President Donald Trump’s envoy Jason Greenblatt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video clip on his Facebook page. “We’re in a process of dialogue with the White House,” he said. And what is this dialogue about? “About an agreed policy on construction in the settlements.” Indeed, Netanyahu did not forget his promise to the residents of the illegally built West Bank outpost of Amona that he would build a new settlement for them after they were evicted in January under a court order.

Not even three months have elapsed since the UN Security Council voted unanimously on Dec. 23 against the settlement and outpost enterprise in Israeli-occupied territories. Netanyahu thumbed his nose at Resolution 2334, laughing at it all the way to Singapore, Sydney, Moscow and Beijing (which he visited in recent weeks), and even to the White House.

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