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Israeli settlements could endanger government coalition

Catholic World News - March 11, 2010

The Israeli government coalition led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could face a political crisis over the construction of new Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory. Leaders of the Labor Party, a part of the ruling coalition, have objected to the plans for new building in East Jerusalem, saying that those plans block the peace process. Palestinian leaders have said that they will not engage in peace talks if the settlements are constructed.

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Mar. 12, 2010 12:42 AM ET USA

    I think it likely that if the Israeli government makes concessions on construction of new settlements, the Palestinians will find some other objection to use to delay or end negotiations. It is capitulation they want, not compromise. A separate country seems the best answer, but access to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount will remain a thorny issue. Israel should retain control of the Mount, as it is the primary holy site for Jews, but only 3rd in rank for Muslims--I doubt they'll agree though.

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