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          ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS
          Alon Ben-Meir, PROFESSOR, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, CENTER FOR GLOBAL AFFAIRS, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY




          At the heart of any
          possible solution to the
          Arab-Israeli conflict is the
          issue of illegal settlements on
          Palestinian land. But the settlers’
          movement has distinct ideological leanings
          and some may respond to encouragement or
          persuasion: an opportunity for both the new
          Israeli Prime Minister and the American President.




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          occupation indefinitely.
                                      ORE THAN ANYTHING
                                      else, the existence of
                                      the settlements
                                      reminds every
                                      Palestinian of the
                                      Israeli occupation,
          and their expansion not only reinforces that
          painful feeling and humiliation, but suggests
          that Israel is intent on maintaining the

             Putting an immediate end to natural
                                                               but violence might inadvertently erupt,
                                                               something Prime Minister Benjamin
                                                               Netanyahu would want to avoid at all costs.
                                                               The question is, what can be done to resolve
                                                               this problem which has such potential to strain
                                                               United States-Israeli relations and undermine
                                                               the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
                                                                  US President Barack Obama must insist on
                                                               stopping the expansion of the settlements to
                                                               instil some confidence and integrity into the
                                                               Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
          settlement growth, especially those which            Nethanyahu has thus far been against the
          have become fully-fledged cities like Ma’ale         freeze; changing the semantics from a freeze to
          Adumim, will be extraordinarily difficult,           a temporary moratorium could provide some
          both politically and practically. Not only would     initial manoeuvring room.
          the settler’s movement rattle the government,           A temporary moratorium would mean a halt


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               on the expansion of all settlements   enormous and it is here Netanyahu will
               and settlement-related activity       experience the greatest difficulty in trying
               during a set-negotiating process,     to implement a moratorium. This can be
               likely to be between three and six    done, however, because overt American
               months. This might well work if it    pressure offers a h
								
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