A junior minister in the Foreign Office responsible for the ME, said that settlement building made "it hard for Israel's friends to make the case that Israel is committed to peace." He went on, "Only an end to the occupation will ensure ...."
Stephens's piece is a full-on attack on Netanyahu for his latest settlement expansion, which guaranteed the passage of the British Parliament's Palestinian state recognition, a monument of bipartisanship in the House of Commons.
Israel's more hypocrisy than democracy. Rhetoric belies longstanding policy. Nothing ahead suggests change. Israel's an ethnocracy. It's polar opposite democracy. Jews alone have power. Arabs have no say. The Law of Return affords it solely to Jews.
"Complicated mechanisms are being created to manoeuvre around the problem, not address it," said Tartir, programme director of Al Shabaka. "This means more money is wasted and Palestinians' dependency status is entrenched."