Settlment building won’t bring peace, please tell the Israelis

Black is white, settlement expansion in East Jerusalem is a sign of peace and Israel really wants to end the siege of Gaza. If Israel was a civilised nation, of course:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that the “conditions are ripe” for renewing peace negotiations with the Palestinians, adding that he planned to raise the issue with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during his visit to Cairo this week.

“I hope we have reached the time to renew the peace process,” Netanyahu told diplomats gathered at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem. “The time for excuses is over. Now is the time for action.”

Former justice minister Yossi Beilin told the Meretz party leadership on Sunday that Netanyahu was close to finalizing an agreement with the administration of United States President Barack Obama for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The process would last two years, according to Beilin, and would discuss the Palestinian demand for borders based on the 1967 lines and will include an exchange of territory and suitable security arrangements.

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