Israel: Settlements, Conflict, and Iran

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Netanyahu says Israel will not stop construction in Jerusalem or halt building to accommodate “natural growth” in the settlements. He also says any future Palestinian entity must be demilitarized, and not have complete control over its airspace or water, the ability to enter into treaties with whomever it likes. (Jerusalem Post)

But Amir Oren argues that “if the Palestinians accept this, they will not have a real state.” (Ha’aretz)

Peace Now calculates that 44% of the land on which 100 unauthorized West Bank outposts sit, is under private Palestinian ownership. They also claim that 17 of these are built entirely on Palestinian land. (Jerusalem Post)

Moshe Arens explains why he thinks “Israeli spokesmen’s persistent emphasis on the Iranian nuclear threat is of little use and may even be counterproductive.” (Ha’aretz)

Is there really an authentic link between the Israeli-Arab peace and the end of Iran’s nuclear program? (Ha’aretz)

Posted on June 1, 2009

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