I am neither expert nor student of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict and have commented on it only once - in an obituary/tribute to the murdered Yitzhak Rabin. Like most people I have seen two separate states - one majority Jewish and one Palestinian Arab - as the practical and inevitable solution to the wars and occupation. This report by Israeli Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) describes the policies of the Netanyahu government which have made the two state solution less and less likely. Key points appear blow. The brilliant late historian Tony Judt, a Zionist in his youth, eventually despaired and came to support a single secular state. Despite the moral appeal of that, it still seems less likely than a two state armistice. - GWC
Construction, tenders, approval of future construction, and planning for future construction in settlements located deep inside the West Bank, east of the approved route of Israel’s separation barrier;
A record level of tenders, approval of future construction, and planning for future construction in settlements in East Jerusalem;
Construction, tenders, approval of future construction, and planning for future construction in settlements in both the West Bank and East Jerusalem whose location renders their expansion especially problematic if not devastating to a future peace agreement;
Adopting a formal policy that favors “legalizing” illegal settlement construction – leading both to additional illegal construction and new illegal outposts, and to the establishment of new settlements for the first time in decades.
Preferential funding for settlers and settlements, including funding projects intended to build support among Israelis for keeping settlements – including settlements deep inside the West Bank – as a permanent part of Israel.