Likud's position on settlements is hardline, stating:
"The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (all Occupied Palestine) are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel."
"The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting."
Likud rejects Green Line separation of Israel and Palestine. It incrementally steals Palestinian land. It declared all Jerusalem sovereign Israeli territory.
Likud's Charter also rejects Palestinian self-determination, saying:
"The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel."
"Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem."- Advertisement -
"The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river."
Ahead of meeting Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton issued a weak-kneed statement, saying:
"The High Representative deeply regrets the decision by the Israeli Ministry of Interior to approve the expansion of Gilo settlement by 797 new housing units".Settlements are illegal under international law and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible."
It wasn't worth its paper written on. It was toothless and worthless. Effectively it endorsed what she and other EU policymakers should condemn.
Short of appropriate measures, Israel can continue occupation harshness. It can also steal all valued Palestinian land it wants. It's done it for decades unaccountably.
Nonetheless, ultranationalist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman reacted. He and Netanyahu represent the worst of Israel's lunatic fringe. He told Ashton and EU states to "mind their own business."
He accused Ashton of lacking "a basic understanding of the reality in the region." Criticizing Israel "encourage(s) the Palestinians to persist in their refusal to participate in negotiations and continue to take anti-Israeli actions in the international arena."