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New Israeli settlements approved, casting a shadow on Peace-Talks


I cannot help but question Netanyahu’s thinking in his decision to approve over 1,000 new settlements now, so close to the date when the peace talks are to resume. Really, you want peace so why now? Me thinks Netanyahu has spent too many years listening to Christian Zionist groups and leaders, primarily in the West. 

Jerusalem (CNN) — Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are preparing to resume long-stalled direct talks on Wednesday, but news of Israeli plans for more than 1,000 new settlement units on disputed territory has cast their success into doubt.

The two sides agreed to return to the negotiating table following intense diplomatic efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on a visit to the region last month. But the news that Israeli authorities have given preliminary approval for new settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem — considered illegal under international law — has angered senior Palestinian figures and prompted condemnation from Israel’s Western allies.

Mark Regev, an Israeli government spokesman, told CNN that the announcement was a “preliminary procedure decision” and that additional decisions would be needed before any construction could start. The issue of Israeli settlement-building in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem derailed the last round of direct talks in 2010.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, deplored the failure of the international community to hold Israel accountable for its actions.

“I think this whole series of settlement expansion, land confiscation will turn any peace initiative into a mockery, any negotiations become a travesty — there is no possibility of peace with such actions and plans,” she said. “Israel is destroying the negotiations, Israel is destroying any chances of peace, and Israel should be made to bear responsibility for this.”

UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt called on the Israeli authorities Saturday to reverse its decision to advance plans for 1,096 settlement units in the West Bank and approve dozens of new units in East Jerusalem.

“Israeli settlements are illegal under international law, undermine trust and threaten the viability of the two-state solution,” he said. “We urge both parties to continue to show the bold and decisive leadership needed for these efforts to succeed, and to avoid steps that undermine negotiations.”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday that the United States had been in touch with the Israeli government over the decision and was making its concerns known. “Our position on settlements has not changed. We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity and oppose any efforts to legitimize settlement outposts,” she said. –

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6 comments on “New Israeli settlements approved, casting a shadow on Peace-Talks

  1. I have become convinced that Israels leaders do not really want peace. Neither do the Palestinian leaders but that is another story. A perpetual state of chaos keeps US money rolling in, both from the government and from misguided Christian groups

    • It certainly seems that way Steve.

      Last evening i was reading an older book which just happened to mention what close ties Netanyahu has had for many years with Christian Zionist leaders and groups in America. These ties and friendships with specific leaders go back for many years. He considers the CZ political activist groups, which claim millions of members, (quote) “the best and closest friends Israel has” (end quote). This has proven to be true, by the way. One specific Christian organization (Christian Friends of Israel Communities) founded by Ted Beckett, has over the years enlisted church congregations from all over the country (in America) to ‘adopt’ Israel settlements. These churches financially support ‘their’ adopted settlement. This all began as far back as 1993 and is continuing today. This is typical of most American Christian Zionist organizations, who believe all the land promised Abraham still belongs to the Jews today, and that to seek peace with the Palestinians is to go against God’s word and future plans for modern day Israel.

      These groups, imho, have greatly helped to stifle any hope for peace between Israel and her neighbors. Plus, they have given those like Netanyahu a false sense of confidence in believing that whatever they do (the Israeli government) that these CZ organizations and their millions of members, will stand with them…and see to it the US government will do so as well.

      There is something seriously wrong in all this Steve. And im afraid the ones who will eventually end up paying the heaviest price are going to be the Israeli people.

      Christian Zionist, though they cannot see it, are more an enemy then a friend to Israel.

  2. Releasing murderers is legal but building settlements is not.

    I wonder which book of rules this is based on

  3. The release of terrorist prisoners by Israel helps make my point. Why in the world would the Israeli government agree to this. No one is forcing them to do it. The majority of the Israeli people adamantly oppose this move. Israeli leaders know or should know from previous experience that this move will simply feed terrorists appetite for war.

    There are only two possibilities that I can see. One is that they are operating under a strong delusion from God as part of his on going judgment against national Israel due to their rejection of Christ. Or two, they want to keep the chaos going for the reasons I’ve stated above and to eventually create a Jewish hegemony over the nations. If you think that is far fetched you don’t really understand the political goals of Zionism

    “All continents will become united in a world alliance, at whose disposal will be an international police force. All armies will be abolished and there will be no more war.
    In Jerusalem, the United Nations (a truly United Nations) will build a shrine of the prophets to serve the federated union of all continents; this will be the seat of the supreme court of mankind to settle all controversies among the federated continents, as prophesied by Isaiah…… David Ben Gurion: Look Magazine January 16 1962 page 20

    • I’ve never totally understood the practice of war criminal exchange during any war…what the ultimate purpose is. But in the instance of one side, in this case Israel, releasing prisoners without receiving anything in exchange, it is odd.

      What i couldn’t understand was given that Israel caved to the “demand” to release these prisoners before the peace talks could take place, why announce at the same time, plans for more than 1,000 new settlement units on disputed territory? I can’t see the logic behind the decision and especially cannot understand the timing.

      There are only two possibilities that I can see. One is that they are operating under a strong delusion from God as part of his on going judgment against national Israel due to their rejection of Christ. Or two, they want to keep the chaos going for the reasons I’ve stated above and to eventually create a Jewish hegemony over the nations. If you think that is far fetched you don’t really understand the political goals of Zionism

      You know, i really don’t know very much about the political goals of Zionism. What i’ve primarily studied is how it has affected the western Church over the last 100 years due to the spread of dispensationalism. Based on the quote you shared, think its time i started to dig a little deeper.

      Have you written anything on the topic Steve? If so i’d sure like to read it.

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