Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Ah Geez, No Settlement Freeze

From Al Jazeera:

Abbas has demanded a full halt to settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as a condition for resuming negotiations on a final peace settlement - talks that were broken off in December.

Barack Obama, the US president, has endorsed that call, urging both sides to meet the terms of a 2003 US-backed "road map" for peace.

But Netanyahu has ruled out stopping construction in East Jerusalem and wants settlements in the West Bank to be able to grow to accommodate the expanding families of current settlers.

So, Obama, this is easy. Exert some pressure. You do it with every other country. Threaten to give them, like, 13 million a day instead of 15. Bibi will be shaking in his boots.