Originally posted by finnegan
Here's what I posted in an abandoned thread on the topic (it was ignored that time so I expect the same again)
Israel wants quiet, wants the Palestinians to be nice and quiet and nonviolent, the way Nicholas Kristof urges. And then what will Israel do? We don’t have to guess. It’s what they have been doing, and they’ll continue, as long as there’s n ...[text shortened]... hey’ll continue doing, just as they have been, as long as the United States supports it.
I completely echo what SG said, but just for kicks...
===Israel wants quiet, wants the Palestinians to be nice and quiet and nonviolent===
===What they’re doing is, briefly, taking over whatever they want, whatever they see as of value in the West Bank,===
Not really. Other than expansion of existing communities by building houses to accommodate natural growth, settlement of the WB is pretty much done.
=== leaving Palestinians in essentially unviable cantons, pretty much imprisoned;====
No, not really.All non-settlement territory in the WB is contiguous.
=== separating the West Bank from Gaza in violation of the solemn commitments of the Oslo Accords;===
It would sure be nice if both sides followed the spirit and letter of Oslo. Yeah. That would be nice.
=== keeping Gaza under siege and on a diet; ===
Diet implies food shortage, of which there is none (except perhaps in some areas in times of conflict). Siege, perhaps, by both Israel AND Egypt, an unfortunate necessity given the major import and export of Hamas.
===meanwhile, incidentally, taking over the Golan Heights, already annexed in violation of explicit Security Council orders;===
Already done a long time ago. In any case, the Golan is between Israel and Syria, though I think Syria has more important things to worry about just now.
=== vastly expanding Jerusalem way beyond any historical size,===
Yes. Cities expand. I hear New York now goes north of Wall Street unlike in 1624.
=== huge infrastructure projects, which make it possible for people living in the nice hills of the West Bank to get to Tel Aviv in a few minutes without seeing any Arabs. ===
Plenty of Arabs live in Jerusalem. If you don't want to see any Arabs in Jerusalem, I suggest you not get into a cab or enter a store or walk on a street.
===That’s what they’ll continue doing, just as they have been, as long as the United States supports it.===
The United States could and should push Israel harder for peace. But the lack of a viable peace partner (Abbas too weak and Hamas too uninterested) makes things difficult.