Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories Vol 21 #4


As the September date for consideration of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s UN bid for recognition and state membership approaches, the attention of Israelis, as well as many Palestinians, is focused elsewhere. The occupation is more distant from everyday Israeli concerns than at any time in the last two decades. Israelis are protesting about internal domestic issues, from the price of cottage cheese to the critical lack of affordable housing. In contrast, relations with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, or the grinding expansion of settlements, hardly rate attention.