Netanyahu's Rage to Judaize Palestine
He's a world class thug!
by Stephen Lendman
He's defiant. He deplores democratic values. He's a serial lawbreaker.
International law is clear and unambiguous. Israeli settlements are illegal. Fourth Geneva's Article 49 states:
"Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive."
Israel built illegally for decades. Around 600,000 settlers occupy over half the West Bank and parts of East Jerusalem. Netanyahu plans accelerated construction. Doing so requires stealing Palestinian land, demolishing private homes, and dispossessing residents.
Netanyahu officials said 6,000 new settler homes will be built. Controversial plans call for 2,600 in East Jerusalem. Many more are planned for E1 Ma'aleh Adumin development. More on that below.
Haaretz weighed in. Its December 19 editorial headlined "Building out of spite," saying:
"The madness of construction in the territories is blinding the government (to) the loss of our country's" dwindling number of friends.
Controversial building assures "serious crisis" building with important allies. At issue is what's hard for them to countenance.
East Jerusalem and E1 construction "seem less for".solving housing problems and more" about entirely Judaizing East Jerusalem, spurning Palestinian self-determination, and preventing real conflict resolution.
Doing so punishes Palestinian officials "for daring to ask (and) receive" upgraded UN non-member international recognition.
Pleasure Netanyahu and likeminded hardliners derive comes at the expense of deteriorated international relations. Palestine's support grows. Boycott calls increase. Spiteful construction assures "colliding with the iceberg hovering over us."
Netanyahu shows no signs of backing off. He represents the worst of hardline governance. He embraces terror state policies. His rap sheet goes way beyond lawless construction. They're bad enough.