By ‘building settlements,’ Netanyahu risks a confrontation with Trump at the UN

Analysis – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out early this morning to issue a public statement, acknowledging that planning documents have been approved to build 1,500 homes in the E1 sector of the…

By 'building settlements,' Netanyahu risks a confrontation with Trump at the UN

Analysis – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out early this morning to issue a public statement, acknowledging that planning documents have been approved to build 1,500 homes in the E1 sector of the West Bank, near Jerusalem. The E1 section bisects the Palestinian Authority territories and is a key obstacle to the creation of an independent state of Palestine.

The confirmation of a key goal of Benjamin Netanyahu’s first term as prime minister, in the context of negotiations, has Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas scratching his head. This is the first time a further movement of Israeli settlements since Israel’s 1967 occupation has been announced at the highest level and in broad daylight.

Abbas was expected to bring his people to the UN General Assembly where he hoped to present the concept of an independent Palestine as part of a Middle East peace agreement. Abbas was then to meet separately with President Donald Trump who declared during the election campaign that he wanted to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in return for a pledge from Israel to do the same in return for a long list of demands that included the end of Israeli control over the territory beyond the pre-1967 boundaries.

The man who will replace Abbas, though not Netanyahu, is expected to act much in the same way as has Abbas, rejecting peace, violence and the creation of a Palestinian state. However, if Netanyahu is to end his term in office, by further delays of the Palestinian state, he needs to find allies across the aisle who are prepared to hold out for Israel to more successfully make the case for a Palestinian state. A move that actually accomplishes that, will then enable the formal-summer negotiations with Abbas and Trump to take place.

Jacob is the founder of Israel Defenders League (IDL) and organizes frequent conferences in Jewish and broader social justice themes in Washington. Jacob’s new book, “Crimes of Zionism,” takes an in-depth look at how the crimes of Zionism today permeate every area of Jewish life and murder its very credibility and integrity.

Jacob’s website is www.jacobblumenthal.com and he can be followed @jacobblumenthal.

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