(Translated from Hebrew and reprinted in the Commentary/Analysis section of APN's News Nosh on September 1, 2014)
Now of all times, when a political initiative is needed, when
Hamas is trying to portray itself as the savior of the Palestinian people, when Abbas was forced to deal with
harsh criticism for not battling enough against Israel - now of all times, Netanyahu decides to declare 4,000
dunams (nearly 1000 acres) in Gush Etzion as state land. How will Abbas explain to his people the disregard
and aggression of the Netanyahu government towards him? While Abbas tried to moderate and calm the area,
Netanyahu humiliates him in front of his people.
According to international law, the decision to make land state land requires the sovereign to designate the land
for the benefit of the general population in the area. It's no secret that when it comes to the Territories, the
only ones to benefit from state land are settlers.