Construction Will Effectively Bisect the West Bank
Hundreds of Israeli police and paramilitary forces swooped into the occupied West Bank today, ousting protesters from the E-1 region and destroying their tents, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue with plans to build new settlements in the area.
The E-1 region is small but significant because it was the only area linking the southern third of the West Bank with the rest that didn’t have settlements on it, and was presumably part of a planned contiguous Palestinian state.
The construction effectively bisects the West Bank and ensures that there will be no links between southern and northern West Bank, if the Palestinians ever get a state. Netanyahu insisted they were never going to give E-1 up anyhow.
Though the planned construction has done enormous damage to the prospect of restarting peace talks and has sparked international condemnation, it has proven popular with the Israeli far-right, and at a time when far-right voters are extremely important to Netanyahu’s reelection bid, it seems unlikely he will reconsider.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Yemen: Drone Strikes Start of 'Massive' Operation Against al-Qaeda - April 20th, 2014
- Sen. Corker: We're Going to Lose East Ukraine - April 20th, 2014
- Geneva Deal on Ukraine Not Amounting to Much - April 20th, 2014
- Ukraine Combatants Aim to Bring US, Russia Into Their War - April 20th, 2014
- East Ukraine Rabbi Tries to Calm Hysteria Over Leaflet Hoax - April 20th, 2014