While Palestinians talk, Israel creates facts on the ground

The Palestinian Authority, the Associated Press tells us, is making special efforts to reach out to Israel “in an attempt to jump-start recently renewed peace efforts”.

It’s a pity, then, that the feeling is not mutual.

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency,

The number of Israeli construction projects in the West Bank increased by 141 per cent in the first half of 2013.

The work that began on 1,461 homes during the first six months of 2013 surpassed the 1,089 starts registered by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics for all of 2012…

Israel has refused so far to freeze any kind of settlement activity.

In 75 percent of cases where ground has been broken in the first half of 2013, the construction projects were in the five largest settlements – 176 in Ariel, 272 in Beitar Illit, 219 in Givat Ze’ev, 278 in Modi’in Illit and 155 in Ma’aleh Adumim, according to the CBS.

What will it take, we wonder, for the Palestinians to “show some steel, walk away from these bogus talks and put the blame squarely where it belongs – on Israeli and US dishonesty”?

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