Netanyahu's plan to warehouse Palestinians

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Israel's settlement 'natural growth' doublespeak

...or a plan to double the population of Israeli settlers in the West Bank without even trying.

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Bulldozer clearing Palestinian land for settlement expansion.

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The choice is Israel's: two states or apartheid

Thanks to Philip Weiss, who runs the site, Mondoweiss, for drawing attention to the choices Israel faces in the coming years, as it confronts the Obama administration's push for a final two state solution. What other solution is there? Just one: Apartheid, as Jimmy Carter so wisely warned about a few years ago in his book: Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. It would appear that "peace" in this context translates into two states, and that is precisely why not only Obama, but the rest of the world is now supporting the side by side solution. There is no other choice that Israel is giving the Palestinians.

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In your face Mr. Obama: Israel announces new settlement

.....on the very day of the first meeting of Barak Obama and Bibi Netanyahu in Washington.

This is no small matter nor coincidental, because it was obviously known by Netanyahu, who may in fact have arranged it or at least put his stamp of approval on the settlement expansion. It was clearly a swipe at the President Obama akin to the arrogance Netanyahu projected at his first meeting with Bill Clinton after his first election as prime minister of Israel. Clinton was miffed, but apparently accepted the put-down. Will Obama do the same?

The significance of this move by Netanyahu is obvious? As reported by many news agencies, after the Monday meeting, Obama was unable to secure any commitments on the two-state solution and on ending construction of settlements in the West Bank.

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Leftist Rabbi to Obama: No More Negotiations to Nowhere! UPDATE

Huffington Post this Monday morning featured a Time.Com article, The Six Issues That Divide Bibi from Barack, to describe the stumbling blocks Bibi Netanyahu is expected to throw before Barak Obama's feet to avoid peace negotiations when they meet in the White House.

By contrast, Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives, and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in San Francisco, put Netanyahu's tactics more succinctly by alluding to Israel's mastery of negotiations to nowhere. He entitled what is taking place this morning in the White House, Obama's Mistaken Middle East Peace Strategy or No More Negotiations to Nowhere!(emailed, not yet posted).

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