“Israel is committed to a genuine peace, a genuine and durable peace,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a press conference in the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
This statement shows the level of hypocrisy reached by Netanyahu and like-minded Israeli officials.
Israel authorizes the construction of more homes on occupied land, and then tells Palestinians, “Let’s sit and talk about peace.”
Netanyahu is intelligent enough to know that he is mocking the world when he speaks of “genuine peace”. Only a brazen and devious person can act this way.
The Palestinian Authority has repeatedly stated that the construction of settlements in the occupied territories must be halted before direct talks with the Israelis can be resumed. However, Israel intransigently insists that there should be no preconditions.
So what does “peace” mean when Netanyahu uses the word?
Through its hypocritical approach, Israel has even alienated its allies and disappointed all those who have been promoting dialogue for resolving the decades-long conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Incensed over the United Nations General Assembly’s vote to recognize Palestine as an observer member at the UN, Netanyahu’s coalition government immediately ordered the construction of 3000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Only a deranged person makes such decisions.
The UN vote -- which clearly showed how isolated Israel is in the world -- should give pause to Tel Aviv and make it reflect upon its longstanding policy of discrimination against the Palestinians. However, Israel’s actions show that it does not respect the will of the international community and its rhetoric of “peace” is just a lie.
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