The release of the next batch of Palestinian terrorists from Israeli jails is scheduled to take place some time next week, following a discussion about which 26 murderers with Jewish blood on their hands will be returning to the bosom of their families.
The families of their victims, in contrast, suffered another blow on Thursday, when the High Court of Justice rejected a petition against the move — the third of four such prisoner releases that Israel consented to under the agreement that restarted Israeli-Palestinian discussions.
The only issue that Washington is concerned about, however, is the revelation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to approve construction tenders for 600 new apartments in Jerusalem and 800 in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). If there’s one thing that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry can’t stand, it’s an inconvenient statement about “expanding Israeli settlements” when he’s in the process of deluding himself and everybody else about an imminent treaty between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
This is ironic for many reasons. First of all, adding housing units to existing neighborhoods does not constitute expansion. The Palestinian leadership knows this very well. It is also aware that the Israeli government doesn’t always follow through on building permits, but has proven to be capable of forcing its citizens to move out of their homes for political purposes. Gaza ended up free of Jews in 2005. PA President Mahmoud Abbas has good reason to hold out for a far greater expulsion of Jews.