by Yoram Ettinger
Construction freeze in Judea and
1. A freeze will not soften – but will intensify - President Obama's criticism of "settlements" in particular and Israeli policy in general. For instance, Prime Minister Netanyahu's June 14, 2009 Two-State-Solution-speech triggered exacerbated pressure by Obama. Moreover, Netanyahu's willingness to exchange hundreds of Palestinian terrorists for Gilad Shalit was followed by
2. A freeze will not moderate – but will whet the appetite of - the PLO (Abbas) or Hamas (Haniyeh); it will radicalize their demands and fuel their terrorism. Former Prime Minister Barak's sweeping concessions, offered to Arafat and Abbas in October 2000, were greeted by the PLO-engineered Second Intifada. Furthermore, Prime Minister Olmert's unprecedented offer of concessions (including the return of some 1948 refugees) was rebuffed by Abbas.
3. A freeze re-entrenches the misperception of Jewish presence in Judea and
4. A freeze and the adherence to presidential dictate will not transform the White House position on Iran-related matters. Besides, a freeze and the adherence to presidential dictate do not constitute a prerequisite to maintaining constructive strategic relations with the
Is Jewish construction in Judea and
1. In September 2005,
2. President Obama defines Jewish presence in Judea and
3. President Obama considers the 300,000 Jews (17%), who reside among Judea and
4. Obama urges the uprooting of Jewish communities from Judea and
5. Since Obama tolerates Arab opposition to Jewish presence in Judea and
6. Obama pressures
7. The 1950-67 Jordanian occupation of Judea and
Freeze of Jewish construction in Judea and
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