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J Street organizes and mobilizes pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people. Working in American politics and the Jewish community, we advocate policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Israeli Ministers Approve Bill That Would Legalize 66 West Bank Outposts, Haaretz

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the advancement of a bill that would authorize more than 60 Israeli outposts and settlement neighborhoods built in the West Bank over the last 20 years. According to the proposed legislation, initiated by MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi), the state would have to decide on how to legalize these outposts within two years of the law’s passing. Until then, any demolitions in these outposts would be suspended, except in cases in which a direct order is given by the prime minister or defense minister, with the cabinet’s approval.

As Attacks Rise, Abbas’ Weakness and Israeli Elections Talk May Hurt War on Terror, Haaretz

Amos Harel reports, ‘it’s difficult to identify any link between speeding up construction in the settlements and bolstering deterrence or sense of security. The anger over the recent deaths is being channeled into a demand to hurt Palestinians by means of more houses in the settlements, but it has never been proven that settlement expansion has worn down the willingness of Palestinians residents of the West Bank to fight Israel; just the opposite may be true….Furthermore, demands for collective punishment aren’t supported by senior security officials….The most important part of the equation, perhaps, is the PA’s relative weakness. The Trump administration’s clear backing of Netanyahu, with nothing remaining of the U.S. president’s pretense to serve as a fair mediator in the political process, destabilizes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ standing in the West Bank. Abbas has long lost trust in the prospect of peace with Israel during his rule. More attacks, followed by harsher reactions from Israel, might also erode security coordination between Israel and the PA.”

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