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Israeli Opposition Leader: I Demanded Settlement Freeze as Part of Unity Deal With Netanyahu, Haaretz

Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog had demanded a total freeze on settlement construction as his condition for entering a national unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he revealed on Monday. “I demanded a full veto on settlement construction beyond the 1967 border,” Herzog, chairman of the Zionist Union, told participants at the annual Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization, which is convening this week in Jerusalem. ‘In return, I said I would work proactively to get international consent of sorts for construction within the settlement blocs.’ The agreement between him and Netanyahu started to unravel, Herzog disclosed, when members of the prime minister’s right-wing coalition refused to acknowledge a distinction between the major blocs and other isolated settlements and demanded that the term “blocs” not be used.

Netanyahu doesn’t think Trump has a Jewish problem. And that’s a problem., Washington Post

Gershom Gorenberg observes, “For Netanyahu, the Holocaust is both the prequel and the very possible sequel to the state of Israel. As prequel, it does more than prove the need for a Jewish state. Like others on the Zionist right — particularly in his father’s generation — he sees the Holocaust as evidence of the perfidy of Britain, which didn’t allow the creation of a Jewish state on both sides of the Jordan as refuge for Europe’s Jews. It also testifies to the naivete of Jewish intellectuals who didn’t accept the right-wing Zionist view in the 1930s and of Jews who don’t accept it now. At the same time, Netanyahu looks at threats to Israel as potential new holocausts. Hence his description of Iran….It appears that Netanyahu believes in a corollary: If you support Israel, especially the right’s vision for Israel, you couldn’t possibly be an anti-Semite or Holocaust denier. There’s simply no moonlight between the Holocaust and Israel….[T]he American-educated, American-accented prime minister of Israel is profoundly out of touch with  the majority of American Jews.”

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