Last week, over 150 APN supporters joined me and Hadar Susskind and Ori Nir to discuss the latest
developments in the ongoing annexation of the West Bank, and to begin to predict the
impact the incoming Biden administration may have on this seemingly intractable issue.
We at Settlement Watch, the Shalom Achshav program designed to monitor and evaluate the impact of Israel’s
settlement enterprise on the chances for a two state solution and on Palestinians in the West Bank and East
Jerusalem, are grateful for your keen interest and concern over the growing threat that the settlements pose to
Knowing that our APN family is championing our work helps us renew our commitment each day to fighting the
expansion of the settlements and the de facto annexation that has been taking place for
years, and which has ramped up shamelessly during the four years of the Trump/Bibi alliance.
Trump promised “the deal of the century” when he took office, but, needless to say, Palestinians were not included
in that promise. His policies wound up instituting a total reversal of previous U.S. involvement, and included a
complete defunding of all US aid programs to the Palestinians, including humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees.
What’s more, with U.S. backing, the push to strengthen the settlements has
intensified, including building roads and infrastructure that will encourage a projected million more
settlers to move into the West Bank in the coming years. Everything that might support the
development of a two-state solution has essentially withered on the vine over the past four years.
Given this disheartening overview, I was asked on the call if we have reached the point of no
return. I still say no. If we succumb to the idea that there is no road to peace, then we’d
be dooming Israel to operating as a segregationist, occupying force forever. That is not the future that I want for
me, for my children, or for the Palestinians who share this land with us.