RAMALLAH, Sept. 25 (JMCC) - The day before Israel
's freeze on new settlement
construction in the West Bank
expires, The Independent
features the large settlement of Ariel
and why it stands in the way of peace.
When an Israeli freeze on construction in West Bank Jewish settlements expires tomorrow, it will pave the way for an avalanche of new building by ideological settlers, who remain deeply opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state.Read
This is a problem, says Mr Tafakji, pointing out on the map, how Israel only has to insert a well-placed checkpoint along Route 60, the West Bank's main north-south axis, to control movement. If Israel were to annex this whole area, it would mean dividing the West Bank into two parts – north and south.
the story at the Independent