Jewish settlers hang Israeli flags during a cornerstone laying ceremony for a daycare center in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Netafim, Sep. 26, 2010. With a 10-month building moratorium ending, Israel's prime minister asked settlers to show restraint
"The Big Stall?"
Op-Ed, The Huffington Post
September 28, 2010
Author: Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security
"We are now at a pause in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The Israeli side complains that it was only at virtually the last minute during the 10-month moratorium on expansion of Israeli settlements on the West Bank that the Palestinians entered into negotiations.
Ironically, the long delay in starting negotiations — occasioned in part by the Israeli refusal to include East Jerusalem in the moratorium — plays into Israeli hands. It gives the Israelis the maneuver space to evade the question of the fate of the settlements...."
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