The EU has just denounced the Israeli decision to expand settlements in East Jerusalem.
The new homes will expand a neighbourhood in Jerusalem’s southwest that is defined as being within municipal boundaries despite lying directly next to the Palestinian West Bank town of Bethlehem.
This is really just a return to a pattern of behaviour that has not changed since the Dayton Accords were signed. It would be nice if the intransigence were met with a concrete response. I would support similar responses to violence or aggression on either side. As unlikely as it is – perhaps the UN needs to re-establish the Palestine Mandate? I’m sure Netanyahu would have kittens if such a thing were proposed. But then who doesn’t want to see Bubi go apoplectic?