Israel Approved 14,000 New Settlement Units, Demolished 500 Palestinian Structures During Talks

John Glaser, April 30, 2014

Israel’s primary criticism of the Palestinian side is that they are not engaging in “good faith negotiations,” they are not “partners for peace.” As I’ve noted several times in the past few weeks, that critique rings hypocritical given Israel’s negotiating positions. After all, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted it was Israel’s failure to comply with its promised steps in the talks and then called off negotiations long before Fatah and Hamas announced reconciliation.

Israel’s depiction of itself as the only party willing to make sacrifices for peace is further eroded by these two findings from the Israeli activist¬†group Peace Now and the PLO.

Israel okayed nearly 14,000 settler homes during talks

Israel approved plans for nearly 14,000 new settler homes during the nine months of peace talks with the Palestinians, an Israeli settlement watchdog said Tuesday as the negotiation period formally ended.

“This is an unprecedented number representing an average of 50 housing units per day or 1,540 per month,” it said.

PLO: Israel demolished over 500 Palestinian structures during talks

Israel demolished over 500 Palestinian structures throughout the US-brokered peace negotiations, the PLO said in a statement Tuesday.

Citing figures from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the PLO said Israel demolished a total of 508 Palestinian structures, 312 of which were homes, from July 30, 2013 to April 29, 2014.

“As a result, 878 persons were forcibly displaced,” the statement said.

So, during Israel’s supposedly good faith efforts in peace talks, more than 500 Palestinian homes and buildings were demolished by Israeli Defense Forces and almost 14,000 new settlement units were approved. How can anyone argue Israel was negotiating in good faith?




9 Responses to “Israel Approved 14,000 New Settlement Units, Demolished 500 Palestinian Structures During Talks”

  1. […] By¬†John Glaser from AntiWar.com […]

  2. Karl Rove and Kerry where there while talking about peace, before or after they were told about the real state investment opportunity.

  3. The peace process is a fraud. The only question is to what extent Kerry and Obama played a conscious role in it, that is, did either or both of them intend to provide cover for the speed up of the Genocide of the indigenous Christian and Muslim population of Palestine? Could be they are just witless patsies. Or were they laughing behind the curtain when the routine about Kerry getting a Nobel Peace Prize was played on stage or when the apartheid gag brought down the house? Were the disagreements planned acts to provide deniability about questioning the sincerity of the American initiative? Danged if I know, but am suspicious. I wouldn't go to the two dollar window and bet that whole push for peace on Kerry's part was not a Trojan Horse. That two bucks could be more safely spent at the bar.

  4. The 'Israeli' peace process – kill all of the Palestinians and steal all of their lands – and continue to sell the idea that they are 'God's Chosen People' to naive stupid American Christians.

  5. Vet: I consider myself a Christian and am neither naive nor stupid but agree wholeheartedly with your definition of the "Israeli peace process". Please don't put me in the same boat as John Hagee or Mike Huckabee. I DO remember the USS Liberty and I DO remember Jonathan Pollard.
    Anyway: Welcome Home!!!

  6. Zionism=Fascism. . "Today Israel; tomorrow the world! Israel needs Lebensraum! "

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  9. The 'Israeli' peace process – kill all of the Palestinians and steal all of their lands – and continue to sell the idea that they are 'God's Chosen People' to naive stupid American Christians.