The 4 items below begin with one fresh off the press: Israel will build another 625 housing units in East Jerusalem. Bravo Israel! Keep up the good work of expanding. That won’t bring security or peace to Israelis (not to mention Palestinians), but it sure will make Israel bigger. The only problem is, what is the use of expansion when there is neither security nor peace?
Item 2 informs us that Israel sees a global market for its arms. Would it not be wonderful if Israel saw a global market for things that were beneficial to human kind rather than for items to kill more efficiently with? Of course, when it comes to making money, who cares about what is beneficial to human kind?
Item 3 reminds us that Gazans continue to suffer due the blockade. 21 Human Rights organizations say that conditions in Gaza have not improved much the past 6 months. This, of course, is contested by COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories). But who would you believe? COGAT or human rights organizations?
Lastly, we learn that Hamas “would accept the outcome of a Palestinian referendum on a future peace treaty with the Jewish state.” Don’t expect this to change anything. Israel’s leaders will pooh pooh Hamas, will say everything possible to avoid having to deal with this. But would it not be wonderful if instead they took Hamas at its word and ran ahead to make peace?
All the best,