Israeli Government Plans New East Jerusalem Settlement
|November 19, 2013||Posted by Staff under Land Disputes|
Settlements in East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law
A 2013 excerpt of the BBC, Oct 30.
Israel has announced plans to build new homes in a Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem, hours after freeing 26 Palestinian prisoners.
Officials said the construction of 1,500 housing units at Ramat Shlomo was one of four projects given approval.
It is believed to be an attempt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to assuage anger in Israel at the release of the long-term prisoners overnight.
The convicted killers were freed as part of a US-brokered agreement to resume direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after a three-year hiatus.
The men – the second of four groups to be released over nine months – were welcomed by thousands of people in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
An estimated 200,000 settlers currently live in East Jerusalem, alongside 370,000 Palestinians.
Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war and formally annexed the area in 1980. Settlements built there and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
Ed. Notes: The “salem” part of the name of the city means peace; why not aim for that? Peace can only follow tolerance and acceptance of others. Perhaps the city could belong to neither side but become an international city, governed by impartial outsiders who love the relevant part of history.
A peace plan for the whole region would depend on economic equality and opportunity, so anyone can bid for land and not be at a disadvantage to others more wealthy. For the Palestinians to catch up, they’d probably have to raise the status of women, not just so women could become better educated and join the workforce but also to reduce machismo and hierarchy in Arab society. Regarding unfounded stature so seriously creates a mindset diametrically opposed to the mindset needed to be an entrepreneur or inventor or investor in cutting-edge ideas.
Another plank for peace would be geonomics, in which people pay in Land Dues and get back Rent Dividends. Jews would pay in more than Moslems, since the Israelis are more prosperous and live and work on more valuable locations. But all residents would get back an equal share, so not only would Israelies and Palestinians be treated equally as co-inhabitants of the land but the Arabs would see a relative gain, since the money would more widely exceed their land dues and cover more of their cost of living.
Another key would be to de-tax labor and capital and abolishing wasteful and corrupt subsidies. These four geonomic steps — de-tax, de-subsidize, recover all “rents”, and pay dividends — would make the region into a fabulous enterprise zone that other strife-torn regions would try to copy.
Once people start prospering together, wouldn’t they be able to live together as do the Swiss, a nation of Germans, French, and Italians?