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Israeli Policy Reaches New Heights of Incoherence/Updated

Posted by Charles II on September 1, 2014

Israeli policy has reached new heights of incogherence. Jeffrey Heller, Reuters:

JERUSALEM, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a U.S. rebuke.

Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration.

“We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision,” a State Department official said in Washington, calling the move “counterproductive” to efforts to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June.

The military carefully named “the political echelon” as the source of this order. Kol Yisrael, Israel Radio, is the official government radio station.

Now, consider. There’s nothing in this report to indicate that the people from who this land was stolen were in any way responsible for a crime. Israel is punishing the innocent, which will of course provoke more anger. Therefore, we can either believe that Israeli wants more violence from Palestinians so that it can direct disproportionate force against them, or that they think that grabbing land will resurrect the dead. The former would imply that the Netanyahu government is terminally corrupt, so the only charitable interpretation is the latter.

But both alternatives represent equally incoherent policy on the part of the government.

A good day to remember Avi Schlaim‘s piece, excerpted here.

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More explication of the motive for this land grab from Haaretz via Al Jazeera:

The intention of appropriating the land is to create territorial continuity between the Green Line and settlements of Beitar Illit, Kfar Etzion, and Gvaot,” Haaretz reported. “The announcement is the latest in a series of plans designed to attach the Etzion settlement bloc to Jerusalem and its environs.”

4 Responses to “Israeli Policy Reaches New Heights of Incoherence/Updated”

  1. jo6pac said

    Just another public domain by israel nothing to worry about it worked well in Amerika back in the day. Sad

    • Charles II said

      At least the US didn’t make a pretense of being other than an occupying power as it committed genocide against the Native Americans. Until now, Israel has always been careful to justify its actions. This time, they apparently didn’t bother to pretend that there was a legal justification.

  2. What’s pleasantly surprising to me is that some widely-read US-based news organizations that I’ve seen report it have been calling it what it is, a land grab:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/31/israel-west-bank_n_5745498.html

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