Thursday, August 04, 2005

Now this is what I call typically Israeli politics: the Housing Ministry - headed by one of the Labor Party princes, Yitzhak Herzog - continues to issue tenders for building in Westbank settlements. While this will not placate the settlers, it definitely will take away most of the PR points that Israel was going to score internationally with the implementation of the disengagement plan. I am not saying that international PR points should be a primary aim for Israel's government, but since the settlers will not be satisfied by anything less than canceling the whole disengagement plan I do not see any reason why now would be the perfect time for the government to make clear that it has no intention whatsoever to stop building ( in the remaining ) settlements. As long as it can be avoided waging wars on several fronts is not smart.

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