Why, really, has Netanyahu put settlement expansion on hold?
His own explanation was that he wants to avoid or minimize the prospects for an “unnecessary confrontation” with the international community, for which read President Barack Obama and the European leaders who would follow his lead (with the arguable exception of the French whore).
I think it’s more than reasonable to believe that Netanyahu was concerned, possibly even alarmed, by the explicit nature of USSecretary of State John Kerry’s condemnation on 6 November of Israel’s on-going colonization of the occupied West Bank.
On Israeli television Kerry asked why Israel was continuing to build settlements when doing so was giving the Palestinians good cause to believe that Israel was not serious about peace. (Writing in the Times of Israel, Raphael Ahren said Kerry’s “rhetorical onslaught”…
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