RAMALLAH, April 4 (JMCC) - Israeli historian Ilan Pappe tells an interviewer
for the Palestine Chronicle
that he has little faith in stalled peace talks between Palestinians and Israel.
Pappé: I have very little faith in the current phase of the negotiations. As in the past, it seems that the Israeli government is exploiting the ‘peace process’ to receive immunity for its continued dispossession of the Palestinians in the West Bank and the barbaric siege on the Gaza Strip. The current phase has already been exploited by Israel to expand its settlement in the Greater Jerusalem Area – which has been accompanied by demolition of houses and eviction of people – and to tighten its grip over the Palestinian villages and towns which are in the vicinity of the ever-growing Jewish colonies of the West Bank. Similarly, it felt free to tighten the siege over Gaza, despite its promise to the international community to ease it.
Pappe, considered one of Israel's new historians, has written extensively about Palestinian dispossession at the hands of Israel.