Sunday, April 02, 2017

Netanyahu Planning Goodwill Gestures for Palestinians

Netanyahu Planning Goodwill Gestures for Palestinians?

by Stephen Lendman

According to Haaretz, he intends making goodwill gestures to Palestinians at Trump’s request.

Earlier rhetorical offers during Obama’s tenure never materialized. Daily occupation harshness continues, ongoing for half a century.

In its latest weekly report through March 29, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) reported 57 Palestinians kidnapped in West Bank raids, including 14 children and three young women.

Another 25 were abducted in occupied East Jerusalem, including eight children and two young women.

Israeli soldiers lethally shot a defenseless Palestinian child. Nine other Palestinians and two children were wounded.

Settlement construction continues unabated on stolen Palestinian land, its occupants dispossessed, their homes bulldozed for exclusive Jewish development.

On Saturday and Sunday, Israeli police lethally shot a Palestinian teenager. Another teenager was shot and wounded.

Officially Israeli sanctioned shoot-to-kill policy puts all Palestinian lives at risk - soldiers, police and settlers granted virtual immunity for cold-blooded murder when committed.

On Sunday, soldiers rampaged through multiple Palestinian communities, more kidnappings reported.

On Saturday, over 1,000 Jewish and Arab Jerusalemites marched in protest against lawless occupation. Called “Standing Together,” organizers said the event is the first in a series or more to come, a statement saying:

Saturday’s rally “protest(s) against the continued Israeli control over the territories and especially East Jerusalem, and in favor of a peaceful solution and justice for both peoples.”

It’ll take much more than rallies and protests to achieve what’s been unattainable for 50 harsh years.

Separately, B’Tselem blasted what it called “unbridled theft masquerading as ‘restrained construction,’ “ saying:

Netanyahu’s policy authorizes continued theft of Palestinian land, an anti-goodwill gesture, flagrantly “breach(ing) international law.”

Palestinians have no international community support for their rights, notably none from Washington under all Republican and Democrat administrations.

On Sunday, the Jerusalem Post, citing Israel Radio, reported US/Israeli talks on settlement construction were suspended.

Both sides failed to agree. Netanyahu is unwilling to curb building.

So-called Haaretz reported “goodwill gestures” are rhetorical, not real, Israeli viciousness toward Palestinians unchanged.

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