[ … and as this ROOT cause of the Palestinian / Zionist conflict
continues to remain unaddressed,
so continues the Palestinian / Zionist conflict ~ ad nauseaum. ]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving to expand Israeli settlements in the West Bank
at a time when international attention is focused elsewhere,
with President Obama gearing up for reelection
and the West targeting Iran’s nuclear program.
the Netanyahu government took a variety of steps that,
amount to a significant strengthening of Israel‘s hold in the West Bank,
the biblically resonant territory occupied in 1967,
which Palestinians claim as the heartland for their future state.
For Netanyahu, who heads a right-wing coalition with a strong pro-settler contingent,
it was a delicate dance of one small step back and six larger steps forward for settlements.