Netanyahu to settlers: 'there is no damned freeze!' VIDEO

'There is no damned freeze!'

Now that statement is not what Netanyahu would ever say publicly, lest he give away the ruse behind his settlement freeze. But it is likely just what he would like to tell the disgruntled West Bank settlers now protesting on his doorstep.

When this BBC article appeared today, Jewish settlers in West Bank building curb protest, it was astonishing to learn that Israel's biggest non-secret is not even known by its own people, at least not the settlers colonizing the West Bank.

In Jerusalem today, thousands of Jewish settlers and their supporters staged a rally in protest of the alleged curb on settlement building in the West Bank. It was reported that demonstrators gathered outside the residence of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in response to his announcement of a 10-month pause in permits for new settlement homes in the West Bank. This pause did not apply to East Jerusalem.

When one reads into the article, however, one wonders just what purpose this demonstration could possibly achieve, as there is no settlement freeze. But for some reason the settlers don't get it.

Quoting parts of the same BBC article:

...Israeli anti-settlement movement Peace Now says more homes are under construction per inhabitant in the West Bank than inside Israel despite the recent curbs.

The group said 1,167 homes were being built for every 100,000 West Bank settlers, compared to just 836 for the same number of Israeli residents.

....on the basis of the official figures, Peace Now said "the settler's claims of discrimination and attempts to 'dry out' the settlements have no basis in reality. Even during the freeze a larger number of housing units than the national average will be built in the occupied territories," it said.

Israeli politicians and media have been referring to the restrictions as a "freeze", although Palestinians say they are far from the total building halt, including in East Jerusalem, that they have demanded.

Well, it seems that Netayahu's strategy to have it both ways is failing, and it is failing because the lie is so believable even Israelis have been taken in.

Settler folks, there is no freeze.


Tags: East Jerusalem, Israel, Netanyahu, obama, Palestine (all tags)



Re: Netanyahu to settlers

I question the rationality of the "settlement folks" in general, but common sense tells us thousands of people don't show up to protest a policy that does not restrict their rights in any way.  It's not a freeze, but apparently it's not nothing, either.

by Steve M 2009-12-09 12:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Netanyahu to settlers

Nothing (like a good argument) should ever get in the way of a good protest.

Besides, there is a lot to gain & nothing to loose by simply protesting. This is war and you got to keep playing offense even if your already winning.

by vecky 2009-12-09 12:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Netanyahu to settlers

Maybe it is all kabuki.  On reflection, the diarist should have gone with that theory.

by Steve M 2009-12-09 12:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Netanyahu to settlers

As long as an election is not on the table it certianly helps Netenyahu that the settlers are protesting. Makes him look all tough and what not.

When some of his rather hard-line coalition partners threaten to bolt, then it may mean something.

by vecky 2009-12-09 01:14PM | 0 recs
Like the teabaggers?

Thousands of them showed up to protest...something.  Were their rights threatened?  "Where there's smoke, there's fire" is not a very persuasive argument to me.

by JJE 2009-12-09 01:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Like the teabaggers?

You're looking for my personal opinion?  I don't think the rights of either group are in much danger, myself.

by Steve M 2009-12-09 01:57PM | 0 recs

I thought you were arguing that the settlers' rights must be under some threat or they wouldn't be protesting.

by JJE 2009-12-10 05:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Like the teabaggers?

I don't know who you are talking about when you refer to "either group." If by any chance one of those groups includes the Palestinians and their non-violent protests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, I can only disagree.

Many Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals have been injured and even killed in the West Bank during non-violent protests in places like Ni'lin and Bi'lin and elsewhere, thus violating their rights.

by MainStreet 2009-12-10 05:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Like the teabaggers?


Slow down a minute.  The groups Steve is referring to are the settlers and the tea-baggers.

by Strummerson 2009-12-10 07:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Like the teabaggers?

As a comedian on Saturday Night Live liked to say, "never mind." Her name is on the tip of my tongue yet she is missed. It's been a long time.

by MainStreet 2009-12-10 07:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Netanyahu to settlers

Perhaps the symbolism of a fake freeze is enough. If netanyahu is willing to create the impression that a freeze is going, who knows. Maybe in the near future we will get a fake withdrawal.

But who can blame the Palestinians for refusing to negotiate under these circumstances. You do not build something you intend to late destroy or evacuate. For them, the symbolism is quite clear. A two state solution will never be built out of cement.

by MainStreet 2009-12-09 01:18PM | 0 recs
This protest

is largely ideological in nature.  The rhetoric of a freeze is enough to provide them with a platform to voice their opposition and assert their "rights." It's an occasion for them to assert themselves.  They are also wary of a slippery slope.  If they don't protest this loud enough, the center and left will be emboldened and movement toward division of the land and a two state solution might seem more possible.

by Strummerson 2009-12-09 01:40PM | 0 recs
Re: This protest

These people are kooky enough that they would see it as an offense against God if Netanyahu told them they couldn't put out patio furniture.

by Steve M 2009-12-09 01:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Mainstreet

I think it was you who (?) had posted a diary about this sometime ago:

High Court: Gaza student cannot complete studies in West Bank

Well the HC can come back wit it's verdict, not surprising I might add.

by vecky 2009-12-09 02:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Mainstreet

From the article:

Since the year 2000, Israel has also refused to allow Gaza residents to study in the West Bank. It is believed that there are currently over 25,000 Palestinians who were born in Gaza and are currently living in the West Bank, all of whom have been disallowed to change their address on their identification certificates.

Most of them have been living in the West Bank for many years. They have raised their families there, and have been working in the region, but are under the constant threat of expulsion.

I'm not familiar with the rights of people living under military occupation, but when a High Court representing the occupier rules, you can only expect rulings like the one you quoted.

It is of course a legal farce.

by MainStreet 2009-12-09 03:35PM | 0 recs


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