Israel settlements blocking a two-state solution

A Palestinian worker walks by new houses in the Israeli settlement Maale Adumim

New construction in an Israeli settlment
Israel’s unconscionable and continuing construction of settlements in the occupied territories is  killing the possibility of a two-state solution, according to this “dovish Israeli
expert.
” He’s calling efforts to work one out a “waste of time.” Reported Reuters:

Meron Benvenisti, a Harvard-educated historian
known for his study of Israeli building on land it captured in the 1967
war, said he expected Israel’s occupation of territory would “continue
for a long time” and that peace talks should focus instead on power
sharing in Israel and the West Bank. “The
fight for the two-state solution is obsolete,” Benvenisti, 76, told a
news conference on Tuesday.

In the face of international disapproval of the settlements, Israel continues to do it, ultimately based on the premise that God gave it this land. If everyone who believes that God gave them the land they covet, there’d be no peace in the world.

A two-state solution and an end to the settlements aren’t the only things that are required for lasting peace. Both sides need to contribute and sacrifice. But, one thing is certain: As long as this construction and occupation continues, there will be no peace in this troubled land.

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