Firstly, let me state clearly that Israel is a fact; it is a nation state recognized by the world and has the right to exist within its borders and not be threatened by outside forces, whatever they may be. Anything less than that is unacceptable.
Israel has had a difficult history as it has had to fight for its very survival in some major wars. As a result it has built up a rock solid defensive ‘wall’ around its territory. It has also illegally occupied more land and held on in the belief that it was creating some sort of buffer-zone. Let’s face it; the borders are problematic when it comes to defending the country.
The latest move by Israel to build thousands of houses on land that one day will be part of the new Palestinian state is a worrying development. What does Israel hope to gain, other than some false sense of security? Who would live under such circumstances, unless Israel intends to further increase its landmass, by conquering more land and therefore leaving these new housing estates well behind the new borders? Are these settlements modern day defensive Kibbutz?
Israel is placing itself in a dangerous position re support from countries who have traditionally been her allies, at least in the UN. The latest actions are tantamount to telling the UN to ‘bug off’ and leave Israel to her own devices.
I am the last to wish violence and war upon any nation, but can Israel not see the ramifications of the actions; that they also amount to yet another challenge to her neighbours, be they moderate or extremist, bent on driving the ‘Jews into sea.’ That is the possible conclusion to this sorry affair. For Israel’s sake and her neighbours, I hope that this is not so.