but Israel has made 2 unilateral concessions towards peace in the last month.
First, remember the oh-so-controversial plan to build that housing development in a section of municipal Jerusalem over the green line?
In fact, all East Jerusalem building by Jews is frozen.
Israel's prime minister has effectively frozen new Jewish construction in east Jerusalem, municipal officials said Monday, reflecting the need to mend a serious rift with the U.S. and get Mideast peace talks back on track.
The move comes despite Benjamin Netanyahu's repeated assertion he would never halt construction in east Jerusalem and risks angering hard-liners in his government. One lawmaker from Netanyahu's Likud Party warned the governing coalition could collapse over the issue.
Still, the de facto freeze appeared to offer the promise of reviving peace efforts derailed after Israel announced plans for a major Jewish housing development during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden last month.
Second, Israel eases travel restrictions in the WB to the undying gratitude of the OQR.
The Office of the Quartet Representative welcomes Israel’s decision to implement a package of measures to ease movement and access restrictions in the West Bank. The OQR has encouraged the Israeli authorities to facilitate these changes.
OQR Head of Mission Dr Robert Danin welcomed the development, saying: "some of these steps are significant and should improve the economic and living conditions of the West Bank Palestinian population."
So, in light of all the ripping Israel comes in for on this board, I hereby dedicate this thread to praise of these unilateral Israeli peacemaking gestures.
Don't worry though, I won't hold my breath.