By Nicola Nasser*
The Israeli Jewish settlers of the Palestinian territory, which was occupied by Israel in 1967, are dictating unilaterally the demarcation of the borders with any future Palestinian state, thus rendering its creation impossible; holding the Israeli decision-making process hostage, they have become the real killers of peace, who brought the twenty --year old Palestinian -- Israeli peace process to its current stalemate.
As early as the summer of 1995, the Iraqi born Israeli --
British "new historian" Avi Shlaim wrote in the Journal of Palestine Studies:
"The settlers now are the ones who determine
Their numbers then were in the tens of thousands; now there are three quarters of a million settlers. The Head of the "Samaria Regional Council" of the Israeli illegal settlements in the Israeli -- occupied Palestinian West Bank (WB) of River Jordan, Gershon Mesika, on this August 6 boasted there will be one million settlers there "in just three years time," telling "Arutz Sheva" online that "the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria (i.e. the Palestinian WB) has passed the point of no return."
Writing in the "National Interest" on
September 6, 2012, the President of the U.S./Middle East Project, Henry
Siegman, agreed that "
When Benjamin Netanyahu assumed his second term
as prime minister, with the settler Avigdor Lieberman as his foreign minister,
the German SÃ¼ddeutsche
Zeitung , quoted by Spiegel on March 17, 2009,
wrote: " He and Lieberman are the
gravediggers of the
The electoral campaign of Netanyahu for
his first term in 1995 was blamed by Israeli media for creating the right
environment which led to the assassination of the "father' of the first
The incumbent government of Netanyahu's third premiership is now described as the "settlers' government" or "a settler --friendly government," the survival of which is secured by a Knesset led by Speaker Yuli Edelstein, himself an illegal settler of the Neve Daniel colony in the WB, who called recently for the annexation of two thirds of the WB area.
This is a call that was also repeatedly voiced
by the pro - settler Jewish Home party, a partner to Netanyahu's ruling
coalition, which holds three key ministries, including the housing ministry,
and controls the parliamentary finance committee. Netanyahu declared his
backing for the Jewish Home's plan. Minister of Economy Naftali
Bennett was the chairman of the council of the illegal settlements in the WB
and Gaza Strip and is still an advocate of imposing Israeli sovereignty
unilaterally on "Area C" in the WB. Uzi Landau, of Lieberman's Yisraeli Beiteinu party,
has the tourism portfolio. Likud's ardent supporter of settlements, Moshe
Yaalon, has the ministry of defense. Foreign minister's deputy, Zeev Elkin, is himself a settler. The education
minister, Shai Piron, of Yair Lapid's so-called "centrist" Yesh Atid party, is a
settler rabbi; Lapid himself who is the finance minister supports the "growth"
of settlements even during peace talks and rejects
any Palestinian sovereignty under any pact in eastern
Minister of Defense, Danny Danon of Likud, was quoted by The Jewish Press on
August 8 as saying that the "views" of
On July 28, 2013, Barak Ravid wrote in Haaretz that Netanyahu " is acting so weak " like a prisoner " a hostage" of his pro --settler coalition partners.
During the interval between the first and the second rounds of the recently resumed negotiations, Israel approved a "new" settlement and 1700 settlement units in eastern Jerusalem; the government included 90 settlements in a new list of "national priority development areas" eligible for special benefits; the list included also the three formerly dubbed by the Israeli government as "illegal outposts," namely Bruchin, Rachelim and Sansana.
On August 11, 2013, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reacted by
Ironically, " Israel's settlement project" has evolved "irreversible" nonetheless, mocking the U.S. repeatedly declared illegitimacy thereof as merely a lip service that has been all throughout a thinly veiled cover of the U.S. actual protection of the accelerating expansion ever since of " Israel's colonial" project.
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