Na sowas: Ha’aretz verteidigt Netanyahu gegen Kerry!


Gestern in Boston hielt John Kerry eine Rede in der Harvard University. Dabei stellte er eine klare Verbindung zwischen der gegenwaertigen Gewalt und der Siedlungstaetigkeit:

“There’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years,” Kerry said during a question-and-answer session, “and there’s an increase in the violence because there’s this frustration that’s growing.” Kerry noted that there was also “a frustration among Israelis who don’t see any end.”

Am gleichen Tag aber veroeffentlichte Chaim Levinson in Ha’aretz (!) einen Artikel, der Netanyahu vorwarf, die Siedlungstaetigkeit zu uebertreiben, um bei den rechten Parteien Punkte zu schinden. Dabei ging er ins Detail:

“The left accuses us that from 280,000 [settlers] we’ve risen to 400,000, and that was during years when we were told that official U.S. policy was not even one house,” Netanyahu can be heard to say.
“Praise God, this isn’t far from the truth. It’s the biggest increase in our world.”
This increase, however, isn’t because Netanyahu has gone on a building spree. According to data from the Housing and Construction Ministry, an average of 1,554 houses a year were built in the settlements from 2009 to 2014 — fewer than under any of his recent predecessors.

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So why has the number of settlers increased so sharply? Due to natural growth, especially in the two ultra-Orthodox towns of Betar Ilit and Modi’in Ilit. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the fertility rate in the settlements is 5.01 children per woman, which is far higher than anywhere else in Israel. In the northern district, which ranks second, the fertility rate is just 3.91 children per woman.

Fuer die Babies der Familien in Judaea und Samaria, werden keine neuen Siedlungen angelegt und keine bestehenden Siedlungen erweitert: Stattdessen werden innerhalb bestehender Siedlungen die Wohnungen vergroessert, und die Kinderkrippen, Kindergaerten und Schulen auch. Mit anderen Worten die Siedlung wird verdichtet. Und das soll Jugendliche in Ostjerusalem zu Messerangriffen motivieren?!

Jonathan S. Tobin liefert die Erklaerung, warum Obamaregierung und Kerry sich mit derartigen Aussagen wiederholt laecherlich machen:

It’s obvious. If they were to call out Abbas for incitement and to specifically condemn Palestinian terror that would be an admission that the administration has been wrong all along about both Abbas and the reason why a two-state solution hasn’t happened.

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