Ha’aretz is reporting that Britain and France may recall ambassadors in protest at Israel’s settlement construction. This unprecedented move comes after the Netanyahu government approved the construction 3,000 new homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank as a ‘punishment’ for the Palestinians going to UN. In my article Lost Hope For Peace I claimed Netanyahu’s decision to stall the peace process and continue settlement construction is further isolating Israel in the international community. Today, this isolation has reached an unprecedented level. The fact that France and Britain are the two countries mentioned in the article above, not Egypt and Turkey, speaks volumes. Not only are these countries two Western powers they are considered two of Israel’s strongest allies. It’s time for Israelis to wake up, something is wrong.
The adolescent policies of the Netanyahu government continue and ironically, the only Palestinians who are being ‘punished’ by these settlement projects are those advocating peace and negotiations. This Israeli government weakens them and strengthens radicals. The only commitment this government has shown is to closing the door on a two-state solution and inciting international criticism, that today, is completely justified. Moreover, Obama’s unwavering support of Israel during Operation Pillar of Cloud and at the UN this past week makes this decision all the more confusing. In the words of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert “This is the worst slap in the face of a US president”. I couldn’t agree more.
Last week I stressed the importance of these upcoming elections in my article, The Hope, Saving Our Generation and I must stress them again. Olmert stated this past week “Time is running out not for the Palestinians – for Israel. And the sooner we reach an agreement that would determine that there are two states, for two nationalities, for two peoples, the better it is for Israel.” January 22nd is less than 50 days away, may this serve as yet another wake-up call to Israeli voters and in the words of Ehud, “The government must be replaced”.