David Ben-Gurion

From bad to worse, as Israel pursues settlement expansion

From bad to worse, as Israel pursues settlement expansion

It is deeply depressing to see the hopes for peace dimming further as Israel continues to expand its settlements in the Palestinian territories, against the better judgment and repeated warnings of virtually the entire world.

Yet it is not at all surprising. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who could soon eclipse David Ben-Gurion as the country's longest serving prime minister — a succession of right-wing coalition governments has in recent years effectively reversed Israel's support for a two-state solution to the century-old conflict. The most visible symbol of that tragic flip-flop has been the surge in Israeli settlement on the West Bank...

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