Pro-Israeli Settler Talking Points are Ridiculous

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The latest pro-Israeli Settler talking point is that it is unfair to stop settlement growth because it would effectively outlaw 'natural growth' occurring through childbirth. Today, it is Charles Krauthammer's turn to made a stab at this ridiculous argument.


No "natural growth" means strangling to death the thriving towns close to the 1949 armistice line, many of them suburbs of Jerusalem, that every negotiation over the past decade has envisioned Israel retaining. It means no increase in population. Which means no babies. Or if you have babies, no housing for them -- not even within the existing town boundaries. Which means for every child born, someone has to move out. No community can survive like that. The obvious objective is to undermine and destroy these towns -- even before negotiations.

...The entire "natural growth" issue is a concoction. It's farcical to suggest that the peace process is moribund because a teacher in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem is making an addition to her house to accommodate new grandchildren...

The prohibition against natural growth of the settlements comes from the Performance-Based Roadmap to a Permanent Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. What does it say about Israeli settlements?

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