Israel’s Bogus Construction Moratorium

Promises made, then broken. Promise peace. Wage war and daily violence throughout the Territories. Announce a settlement construction halt. Keep building, the promised pause (not a freeze) never observed despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s December 8 announced moratorium saying:

“I hope that this decision will help launch meaningful negotiations to reach a historic peace agreement that would finally end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” what he relentlessly pursues, spurning resolution for an equitable, just peace, wanting surrender, not conciliation on equal terms, what he’ll never agree to or accept.

Despite announcing “a suspension of new permits and new construction in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) for a period of ten months,” construction never stopped. Israel’s land grab continues. Thousands of new units have been approved, New York Times writer Ethan Bronner, on July 14, headlining, “Despite Settlement Freeze, Buildings Rise,” saying:

… an examination of the freeze after more than seven months suggests that it amounts to something less significant, at least on the ground. In many West Bank settlements, building is proceeding apace. Dozens of construction sites with scores of Palestinian workers are active.

Why? Because “cheating has occurred (and other units were) grandfathered in” to proceed. In addition, huge approval increases preceded Netanyahu’s announcement, enough to continue construction unabated, though at a slower pace. 

Another promise, another lie like the bogus peace process and claims about regional threats, Israel posing the only one, what everyone knows but won’t say.

Peace (PN) on Israel’s Bogus Moratorium

PN “is the leading voice of Israeli public pressure for peace… with over 10,000 members from the Middle East and around the world.” On August 8, it launched a anti-settlement campaign, saying:

It’s Israel’s moment of truth, its “choice between hope and despair; between settlements and the peace process… between international isolation and global support… choosing settlements over peace will have a destructive impact on public support….”

Eight months into the announced moratorium, PN assessed its non-enforcement, explaining:

— construction began on 600 or more housing units in 60 separate settlements, including 223 permanent structures and 167 caravans or semi-permanent projects;

— at least 492, announced on the eve of the pause, are in “direct violation,” plus another 112 granted since December 8;

— during an average previous eight-month period, construction on about 1,130 housing units began; and

— currently, about 2,000 units are being built, most begun before the December 2009 announced pause.

This means that on the ground, there is almost no freeze or even a visible slowdown, despite the fact that legal construction starts have been prohibited for eight months. It also means that… Israel is not enforcing the moratorium.

Included are small scale and much larger projects, involving dozens of units. For example, 180 have been built in Modiin Ilit, midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and another 40 in Givat Ze’ev, northwest of Jerusalem, one of the largest settlements with an estimated 10,800 population, a virtual small town.

In addition, other projects broke ground for their infrastructure, including 62 Barkan units in the northern West Bank, about 100 in Neriya, and 60 in Shaarei Tikvah. In total, 16 settlements have large-scale violations, many others smaller ones.

In the past decade, an average 1,700 new housing units were built annually, plus others built illegally. The settlement pause (never a freeze, a word Netanyahu never used)) excluded construction begun before it began. It will expire in October. Unless maintained and enforced, it will perpetuate the peace and conciliation lie, one persisting for decades. The names and faces change. The fraud and deceit remain.

Ending the moratorium in October will amount to another  “meaningless, several month delay,” nothing more. Continuing construction “cast doubt from the start” on Israel’s true intentions. Say one thing, do another, standard practice in its quest for regional hegemony, a Greater Israel, and Jewish only exclusively, one settlement expansion and bulldozed home at a time.

Also Palestine’s historic Mamilla cemetery in Jerusalem, its previously untouched graves with roots from the 7th century, Israel’s Religious Affairs Ministry (in 1948) recognizing it as “one of the most prominent Muslim cemeteries, where Muslim scholars and seventy thousand Muslim warriors” led by Saladin, the first Egyptian Ayyubid Sultan/ opposition leader against the Franks and other Levant European Crusaders, recaptured Jerusalem in the Battle of Hattin. “Israel will always protect and respect this site.” Another promise, another broken.

The plan now calls for Jewish developments to destroy it along with thousands of Palestinian homes and property, Judaization to replace them. The process continues relentlessly, including the Separation Wall, closed military zones, Jewish only infrastructure, and seized Palestinian farmland – to establish “irreversible facts on the ground,” putting a lie to serious peace and reconciliation efforts, ideas not in Israel’s vocabulary and practically obscene for Netanyahu, a man who abhors everything not Jewish.

Peace Now stands opposed, saying a settlement moratorium is “for Israel’s own best interests, regardless of what is happening, or not happening, with regards to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. (It wants it) extended with no more game-playing….without adding any new exceptions or loopholes, (including) enforcement to stop settlers who” keep building illegally. “Otherwise, the entire debate….is little more than empty words,” another Israeli specialty.

Some Final Comments

In a July 23 address in Canada, Palestinian National Initiative founder Dr. Mustafa Barghouti assessed reality today in Palestine, saying:

For over six decades, Israeli apartheid, worse than South Africa’s, has persecuted and dispossessed Palestinians for decades. How else can you describe a system under which “Israel controls more than 85 per cent of” Palestine’s water, letting settlers use “48 times more than us,” where Israeli incomes are 26 times greater than Palestinians, and they’re obliged to pay inflated Israeli prices “because of (policy and) an imposed tax.”

“We even… pay double” for electricity and water, but don’t get enough. After 43 years of occupation, “most of our (West Bank) roads… have been confiscated (and) segregated,” used exclusively for Jews, Arabs on them arrested, imprisoned for seven years or shot by trigger-happy soldier or settlers with immunity to commit murder.

The Separation Wall is stealing 12% of the West Bank, depriving Palestinians of their land and freedom, destroying their economy, health system and education.

A woman “stand(s) on the roof of her two-floor building in Bethlehem,” her house “surrounded by the wall from all directions.” The Israeli military prohibits her going there anymore, saying “she needs a permit” henceforth for her own property.

“I am a medical doctor….I practiced medicine for 15 years in Jerusalem. I was born in Jerusalem. But (for the past) five years, I’m forbidden, like most Palestinians, from entering Jerusalem even with a permit. (It’s) horrifying.” West Bank husbands and Jerusalem wives can’t live in the city together, and if she stays in her husband’s residence, she’ll lose her Jerusalem citizenship.

“What is apartheid?” It’s “when you have two different sets of laws for two different people living in the same area.” Jews from Brooklyn or Siberia get immediate Israeli citizenship on arrival to live anywhere in Israel or West Bank or Jerusalem settlements. “If this is not apartheid, then what is….?

Today’s horrors negate Jewish suffering by the Nazis, Russian pogroms, the Inquisition or at other times. Before 1948 for decades, Palestine was, in fact, a safe haven for Jews who lived peacefully with Muslims and Christians in harmony, before Zionists wanted it all for themselves. 

Trouble then began and never ended. Gaza is repressively besieged. West Bank Palestinians and Jerusalemites are virtually imprisoned by the Wall, checkpoints, permit restrictions, and total military control – a free and open system for Jews, an apartheid one for Palestinians denying them all rights oppressively, by wars, daily violence, home demolitions, land seizures,  dispossessions, mass arrests, torture, and death.

The struggle isn’t between “two equal sides, and one cannot continue to equate between the Israelis and Palestinians as if this is just a struggle between (them) that cannot find a way to talk” and deal with each other peacefully. It’s “a struggle between” an oppressor and the oppressed, “between the culture of power and the power of culture, (our) vision….values, (and) humanity.”

Nonviolence doesn’t mean “non-struggle. (It) means struggling for your rights. (It’s) about not giving in or giving up, not giving up our dignity, even in the most difficult times….They can imprison us…torture us…shoot us, but they can’t… take away… our dignity” and determination. “We’ve learned how not to give up. (We know) resilience.” That spirit defies oppression, occupation, injustice and always will, what Israeli might can’t ever destroy. “Please don’t be silent.” Stand with us proudly.

Stephen Lendman wrote How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Contact him at: Also visit his blog site and listen to The Global Research News Hour on Mondays from 11AM-1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests. All programs are archived for easy listening. Read other articles by Stephen.

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  1. Ismail Zayid said on August 21st, 2010 at 10:52am #

    Stephen Lendman sums it up very well. The so-called peace process is an act of lies and manipulation. The Zoinist program has no room for a genuine withdrawal from illegally-occupied land. The talked -about resumption of talks, next month, dictated by Washington, is another confirmation of the duplicity of Obama and the subservience of Abbas. It will bring no peace, certainly no peace that has any element of justice. This will go on while the demolition of Palestinian homes and the creation of more Zionist colonies continue together with the apartheid wall, as they talk about a peace process!!

    The height of Israeli duplicity is in the preposterous programme of building hotels and car parks, including the so-called Museum of Tolerance on the ruins of the sacred Muslim Mamilla Cemetry in Jerusalem. This act confirms accuarately the perfidious essence of the Zionist lexicon. What form of tolerance is exhibited by destoying an ancient sacred Muslim cemetry?

  2. Maien said on August 21st, 2010 at 7:12pm #

    You know, I like my experience on DV excepting the constant and nonsensical fare offered by the hasbara individuals. Misinformation, faulty logic and the repetitiveness … which really does qualify it, as stupidity…. gets really boring after awhile.
    Mr. mebosadotritchie, you are not very clever. You have noticed that israel (occupying the land of Palestine) continues to steal, lie and commit genocide to try and colonise the city of Jerusalem which was never legally designated to be the capitol of the occupying forces of European colonists who speak Yiddish… not Hebrew. Furthermore they are caucasion….not middle eastern. they are also not the smartest people in the world because while trying to prove that they were smarter….the truth was found out. European Colonists are not as smart as
    “South Asians”. You Mr. mebosadotritchie most certainly help to prove this.

    Furthermore Mr. mebosadotritchie in the real world ..people are waking up to the devastation that Israel and anything that has to do with Israel is not about peace…it is about theft and death of others, sometimes after their organs have been usefully removed. it is about Christian and Jewish Zionists. Fundamentalists use their rationale in very limited ways. thank-you again for proving this point.

    Please, please go visit sites that may enjoy your level of tedious and odious leavings of a bull.

  3. Mulga Mumblebrain said on August 22nd, 2010 at 12:55am #

    maien, when dealing with golems like mebosa, who has crawled from ‘neath her rock after a lengthy and welcome absence, you must bear in mind one inescapable truth. Appeals to logic, facts, basic human decency and human fellow feeling are futile because Zionist Jewish extremists live by a different ethos.
    For the Zionists, Jews are the supreme beings in existence. They take the ‘Chosen People’ myth as literal truth, not some metaphorical construct as certain propagandists contend. As Rabbi Kook the Elder asserted, and scores similar have repeated his belief since, Jews have souls as different from those of non-Jews as non-Jews are different from animals. I suggest you contemplate the exact meaning of that belief and its implications for everyone on this planet, starting with the Palestinians, if you have not done so already.
    Of course the Jews are not the only group who think themselves superior to all others. Their great exemplars and cruel tormentors and teachers, the German Nazis thought similarly, as did the British during the heyday of their Empire and as do the thanatocrats of the Yankee Reich today. And not all Jews think this way, of course, just a majority.
    Contempt is usually accompanied by hatred, as is evident in Judeofascism as almost nowhere more so in the modern world. The sheer volume of hatred spewed out by Zionists against the Palestinians, Lebanese, Moslems and Arabs is truly frightening, but this fraction of Jewry hates the rest of humanity, and those that resist their divine depredations most of all. Naturally the horror of the Nazi Judeocide has exacerbated this innate tendency, as have the centuries of oppression that Judaic exclusivity, usury and contempt brought down on their heads. I am not, naturally, justifying the torment and murder of a single Jew, no matter what provocation, real or invented, was used to justify the persecution. But if you set yourselves up, apart from the rest of humanity, and claiming total superiority to it and indulge in practises that afflict that majority, such as usury, some individuals will hate you and wish to harm you. But for the Judeo-supremacists like mebosa, that cruelty and hatred is wicked, as it is targeted at Jews, but the decades of barbarity, sadism and terror inflicted by Jews on the Palestinians, Lebanese and others, is perfectly OK, as it is Jewish,hence ‘holy’, savagery. Indeed as numerous Judaic zealots have loudly proclaimed, killing civilians, even children,is not just allowed by Judaism,it is religiously sanctified.
    The centuries of usury and sharp practice,of group solidarity and careful suborning of the goyim have allowed the Jews,one of the smallest cosmopolitan tribes in existence, to reach a position of absolute political dominance in the West, a dominance they ruthlessly exercise through political ‘contributions’ ie bribery. Just recently it was revealed in Australia that Richard Pratt a dead Jewish plutocrat, once convicted of collusion and conspiracy to rig the market in packaging in the country, was in the habit of handing out envelopes of cash to politicians and Rightwing trade unionists.Naturally the story was immediately quashed,no follow-ups were published, the journalist in question will undoubtedly be blackballed, and the question of whether other of our numerous Jewish billionaires (or any of the non-Jews for that matter) acted similarly, was politely ignored. But,of course, as we all know, the mere suggestion that Jews might have any influence over politicians,or might pursue their group interests by any means,is instantly and hysterically denounced as ‘anti-semitism’.

  4. Don Hawkins said on August 22nd, 2010 at 5:17am #

    Mulga I watched a program on American TV the Inspirational Channel two night’s ago and a group of Lawyers are in the search for truth and justice I guess. What I saw was the leaders in Israel being interviewed by this group and after watching it my first through was used car salesman speed talking a pitch. It seemed the talk centered around ideology who’s right who’s wrong and not one word about water, food, dirt, rain and drought. Here in the States because of the elections in November we get to see more used car salesman speed talking the big pitch from well dressed fool’s playing a little game with one another. Will any of the speed talking center around dirt, water, rain drought, food probably not and could be the biggest mistake human’s have ever made. Here in the States some are calling for protest’s Gore just said it. I think Gore want’s cap and trade the key word here want sorry it’s now need and cap and trade will not work. Seems academic to try and use reason as do we see protest’s in the States and the climate bill ended up with a fund for off shore drilling safety that’s a play on words right. Strange so what the town square for a cup of coffee and some conversation no no how about a reality show where the well dressed fool’s get locked down in a Wal Mart super center. Each person get’s a can opener to start and heck simulate drought turn off the water or a good one turn off the electricity flood the place smoke simulate a forest fire an oil spill the ratings would go through the roof rattle the wall’s. How about a ninety year old man who just lost his house in the little downturn who has friends in the Gulf, Gaza, Russia, Africa and he get’s to sit up high overlooking the super center in charge of the PA system and every few minutes could say call call now or you are star dust you are golden kind of in charge of programming. Oh and while this is going on two million people Capital one voice loud and clear cut the crap people.

  5. Don Hawkins said on August 22nd, 2010 at 6:40am #

    The possibilities are endless with just a little imagination and the first show the well dressed fool’s better known as so called leaders will of course eat all the can good’s to fast have and have more so them fighting over the last food I’ll bet will be a hit. They will of course start losing weight and a good part of the show is ambulances pulling up from lack of food and water. Ok next group next show maybe movie stars and rock stars heck how about a football stadium am thinking Hurricane and or tornado with some flooding as the special effects people and writers now work for the show a nonprofit show commercial free and set up a fund where we take donations from we the people and I’ll bet we could in a sort time pay off the National debt heck the World debt yes the show in all languages Worldwide and any funny stuff with the fund well those people get to be in the next reality show. Now some of you are asking how about we the people will we be in the show? To make a long story short we are at this moment in the show and have been for a number of years.

  6. mebosa.ritchie said on August 22nd, 2010 at 3:11pm #


    Yemen forces kill 7 militants after Qaeda attacks

    Yemeni troops killed seven militants on Sunday, a day after seven suspected al- Qaeda fighters were shot dead following a string of attacks in south Yemen, a security official said.

    The seven militants were killed in the restive town of Lawdar, where seven others died in clashes with government forces on Saturday, the official, who declined to be named, told Reuters. (Reuters)

  7. Rehmat said on August 22nd, 2010 at 4:02pm #

    Bad news from Yemen – Ben Obama did not take Zionazi Senator Joe Leiberman’s advice to invade Yemen.

  8. hayate said on August 22nd, 2010 at 6:15pm #

    I ask would hitler have voluntarily left the regions the Germans occupied in WW2? Of course not. Why expect zionist israelis to be any different? They’ve acted like they are operation from the same book as the nazis did.

    You don’t negotiate with these sorts, they take it as a sign of weakness to further exploit, you neutralise them. Completely. Treat them as you would any charles mansons or son of sams. They are the same thing.

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain said on August 23rd, 2010 at 10:00pm #

    You see,as ever,that for a prototypical Judeofascist it is ‘Good News’ when some goy ‘two-legged animals’ are killed. That’s why the Zionazis sat on deck-chairs,partying and celebrating (as they do at Purim,celebrating an ancient Judaic massacre) as the bombs rained down on the defenceless Gazans. It’s particularly ‘Good News’,of course,when they are children who might grow into ‘militants’ (ie anyone who does not grovel and kiss the earth when a Jewish ubermensch walks by).It’s even better news when you use white phosphorus to do so,it saving money on bullets etc. The Zionazi definition of ‘Win-win’.